Following the successful first iteration of an exhibition focused entirely on digital painting, Helikon is pleased to announce ‘Pixel Palette II’ with a new roster of artists. Jadon Ulrich is one of the new names on this year’s list, showcasing in his work some of the unique possibilities offered within the discipline of digital painting. The artists featured in ‘Pixel Palette’ come to digital painting from different backgrounds and approach the medium in different ways, from the programs and techniques they use to create their works to the ways in which they choose to present the final product. Jadon’s abstract works put an innovative and playful spin on this question of presentation– read on to find out how.
Helikon Gallery: Do you have a “day job” outside of art?
Jadon Ulrich: I’m the art director at Saddle Creek Records. I get to work with amazing musicians and artists who are really inspiration. It’s a dream job!
HG: Who are some of your current influences or inspirations? Have they changed over time?
JU: I love the Light and Space art movement that originated in Southern California in the ’60s (Alexander, Bell, Irwin, McCracken, Pashgian, Turrell, Wheeler… to name a few). Many are still making amazing work! Olafur Eliasson and Anish Kapoor are also some of my favorites. I’m constantly finding new and exciting work that I post to my tumblr (http://spacedbar.tumblr.com).
HG: How long do you usually take to complete a piece? Do you work on multiple pieces simultaneously?
JU: The pieces I’m showing in “Pixel Palette” are comprised of multiple layers; each layer is a small non-representational abstract painting made on my phone. Each painting is different, but they usually come together in less than an hour. I pull pieces from this collection of paintings and layer them to form the final composition; finding the right arrangements can take several hours. They are printed layer-by-layer on transparency film and assembled.
HG: What’s the most indispensable item in your studio?
JU: My computer, currently a MacBook pro. Most of my work gets routed through a computer at some phase of the project.
HG: Do you listen to music/audio while you work? Any bands or albums you’ve been enthralled by lately?
JU: I listen to music most of the day (it goes with the job). Check out Big Thief, Hop Along, Land of Talk, Sam Evian… well, just go to saddle-creek.com and check it all out! Shout outs to Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Shigeto, and Four Tet too.
HG: Where do you currently live and how did you come to reside there?
JU: I live in Omaha, NE with my wife Hallie, our dog and two pesky cats. We’re expecting our first child in April! I moved to Omaha to start a graphic design firm after finishing my art degree (Sculpture & Graphic Design) at Bradley University, in Peoria, IL.
Thank you to Jadon for participating in our interview! ‘Pixel Palette II’ opens on Thursday, February 1 and runs through March 3. More information at http://helikongallery.com/gallery/archive/pixel-palette-ii/.