new job downtown as the manager of a budding art gallery provides intimate access to some truly spectacular stuff. to me, one of the most sensational artists is jason van hoose. a self-proclaimed "country boy", jason enjoys the benefits of a cosmic imagination and rustic charm. his paintings are technically brilliant, yet unpretentious and folksy. rural life reappears time and again in the form of tornadoes, animals, and fields of grain. in these implicitly american icons lurks fiery passion and hints of psychosis. it is pastoral work that avoids the bear traps of norman rockwell and "american gothic" and falls somewhere closer to the dreamscapes of david hockney. Then, on top of all of this, van hoose introduces us to otherworldly symbols, mystical signs, and the possibility of aliens. Swirls, eyeballs, creatures and disasters fuse with the hefty simplicity of their "americana" vibe. Religious in its treatment of its subjects, van hoose's paintings act almost as Byzantine icons. they present us, in flat frontal views, with the gloriously divine and give us reason for veneration.
They yearn for magic and unreason, which served them well in the past and might help them again. They’re keen to enter a new Dark Age. The lights are on, but they’re retreating into the inner darkness, into superstition and unreason. The future is going to be a struggle between vast systems of competing psychopathies, all of them willed and deliberate, part of a desperate attempt to escape from a rational world and the boredom of consumerism.