Jason Stopa: Interview

Jason Stopa, Red Cup, Ice, 2014, oil and enamel on canvas, 36 x 36 inches (court
Jason Stopa, Red Cup, Ice, 2014, oil and enamel on canvas, 36 x 36 inches (courtesy of the artist and Hionas Gallery)

Jennifer Samet interviews painter Jason Stopa on the occasion of his exhibition Double Trouble at Hionas Gallery, New York, on view through April 25, 2015.

Stopa observes: "At the end of the day I am most interested in [the paintings] being read as formal images. I am less interested in images that are solely based on ideas. I do not accept the idea that language prescribes how we are supposed to see a thing. I think it is the opposite. When you go back in history, language comes out of the visual. It comes out of people making marks — symbols that become metaphors, allegories, narratives. I think that we understand and respond to things first on a sensory and somatic level. Then we place conceptual and philosophical ideas on what we have seen."