In preparation for his first solo exhibition in New York entitled “”Love Lock: Cycle of Violence,” Jesse Hazelip acquired three very bold tattoos on his eyebrows and the back of his forearms and head. Each of these tattoos corresponds with his exhibition that will explore themes of injustices within our legal system and underlying corruption in the prison industrial complex. For the opening reception, Hazelip will be occupying a replicated site-specific jail cell made of plexiglass that will be built to the size of a solitary confinement unit (six by nine feet). The exhibition will feature bull skulls carved in a scrimshaw technique, mixed media paintings on wood salvaged from an abandoned prison, as well as studies drawn with ink on paper (some in collaboration with James Allison, a friend of Hazelip’s who is currently incarcerated).
The opening reception is Saturday, January 11, 2014, 7—9pm at Jonathan Levine Galery in New York.
Jesse Hazelip was born in 1977 in Cortez, Colorado amidst Navajo and Ute Nation territory. At the age of 13, he relocated to Santa Barbara, CA—a vastly different environment from that of his childhood. There, Hazelip became involved with graffiti. This led to him developing an aesthetic and technique that is woven into his artwork alongside the imagery and history of his native southwest. In 2007, he received a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He is currently based in New York.
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