Jack Azar is a Lebanese-American born artist from Santa Barbara, California. Jack experienced a moment of self-awakening in 2002 – an already existing reality emerging with the aid of scissors and glue. Magazines have become a valuable contributor for his creativity, collecting and reconstructing images to create a unique kind of art.
The artwork takes his audience on a curious adventure, a similar journey encountered while creating the work itself. The images are retrieved from familiar sources and methodically combined with images alike. The message behind each piece has the tendency to stir up people’s emotions, causing them to get closer and observe the work more thoughtfully. As a result, the viewer encounters a refreshing perspective, interrupting the predictable wont of everyday life and introducing them to an unworldly experience with features we see on a daily basis. Jack says, “My work is a reinvention of preexisting elements combined to make up a fantasy, whimsical distortion of reality. Welcome to my world.”
For the past ten years, Jack’s life has taken him on many paths to becoming a well-rounded, enlightened person. He attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles where he studied and got his degree in apparel manufacturing and design. Jack currently resides in his hometown – liberating images in his studio that have been mounted amongst other pages destined as icons of consumerism and featured articles.
Join the artist for First Thursday, September 1st at Coast Restaurant, off the Canary Hotel Lobby from 5-8pm. There will be a talk at 6:15pm. The exhibition, Azar Bizarre, will be up through the month of September.