Jason Middlebrook wall works inculcate natural forms in juxtaposition to geometric designs, whilst acknowledging historical references to art movements and the materials of his medium. In 2008, Middlebrook relocated from Brooklyn to Hudson, New York. It was among the Hudson environment, that the artist began to use discarded wood as a canvas for his intricate designs. Initially, Middlebrook was motivated to use the organic medium as with interest in the idea of trees as records of history and creating a unique conversation with his natural surroundings. Today, Middlebrook is best known for his wall works and planks of carved and hewn tree trunks used as canvases for geometric composition, variously referencing works by Ellsworth Kelly, Bridget Riley, or Frank Stella. The result of this juxtaposition in medium and history leaves an elegant and jarring artwork that puts Middlebrook on the forefront of contemporary art.
Jason Middlebrook received his BFA from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1990 and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in California in 1994. Middlebrook participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York from 1994 to 1995. His work has been exhibited at the New Museum, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL; Palazzo Delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Sienna, Italy; Wellcome Trust, London, United Kingdom; Museo de Arte de El Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador, among others.
Middlebrook’s work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, Modern Painters, The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, Art Issues, Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Time Out New York, Time Out London, and The Brooklyn Rail, among others. His work is included several public and private collections including the Denver Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of Modern Art, New Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.