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Duane Reed Gallery
Saint Louis


APEX Collective: Jake Amason • Zach Jackson • Stephen Kruse

APEX Collective Retina Scan
Jake Amason
Jake Amason Eclipse
Jake Amason & Zach Jackson Collaboration    
Jake Amason Black Dove
Jake Amason White Moth
Zach Jackson    
Zach Jackson Breach
Zach Jackson Backcountry
Zach Jackson Bound
Stephen Kruse    
Stephen Kruse Oops All Berries

Oops All Berries
acrylic on canvas
48" x 36"

Apex is a collective based around collaboration being a means of rapid evolution. Each painting is an intuitive expression that develops naturally with no plan or composition drawn out prior to working directly on canvas. Transforming glowing grids of bubbling unknown technology, floating science fiction landscapes, and references of natural and fantastical biology have all found a common place in Apex collaborations. Influenced by innovations in science and technology, we can find a great deal of themes relating to the possible outcomes of future technological developments, artificial intelligence and morphogenesis. Progressing the language of imagery through a telepathic creative connection is the driving force behind these unfolding dimensions. While being sensitive to both classical and contemporary methods, each painting captures the underlying movements and patterns that surpass time.

Jake Amason is a painter from Denver, Colorado. Having studied computer graphics and 3D animation for several years before deciding to pursue his new addiction to painting, Jake considers Photoshop to be his art teacher and taught him a visual language that prepared him for traditional media. Through sculpting in 3D programs such as Maya, Cinema 4D and ZBrush, he gained experience manipulating massive dimensional virtual worlds compressed into a two-dimensional plane before ever touching the canvas. These environmental textures and understanding of dramatic depth are used in rhythmic patterns to direct the eye through the space over time to animate a still image.

Zach Jackson's work is heavily influenced by the concept of nature vs technology. Visually combining elements of science fiction and fantasy with biology, physics and quantum mechanics. These aesthetic components are complimented by and balanced with an interest in eastern psychology; exploring the inner depths of the mind while embracing paradox and chaos.

Citing music and the energy of human interaction as his primary sources of inspiration, Stephen Kruse's work explores spacescapes infused with light emitting geometry and otherworldly organic forms that meld into futuristic machinery, while finding balance between these two seemingly opposite forces. The most immediately recognizable and distinguishing feature of Kruse's works are the crisply defined and balanced compositions that achieve an uncanny sense of depth and symmetry, as well as a refined sense of color and understanding of visual theory.


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