Jason Chase and Sean O’Meallie: PLAY
GOCA1420 Gallery on the UCCS Campus (Colorado Springs)
October 24 - December 13, 2014
- Public reception: Friday, October 24, 5 – 8 pm, with artist lectures at 5 pm
Sean O'Meallie - Punch Party
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA) announces PLAY, a new exhibit in the GOCA1420 (campus) gallery space featuring artists Jason Chase and Sean O’Meallie opening Friday, October 24 and on display through December 19, 2014. A public reception will be held on Friday, October 24, 5 – 8 pm, with artist lectures at 5 pm. All events are free and open to the public; no reservations are required.
Jason Chase (UCCS ’03) paints at larger-than-life scale, rendering hyper-realistic and brightly colored works referencing Americana and pop culture sources. Sean O'Meallie is renowned for creating eye-catching, thought provoking, and beautifully crafted wood and multi-media sculptures with multi-layered content that packs a punch. Together, these two artists invite you to the UCCS campus gallery this fall to PLAY. The exhibit is part of the Gerry Riggs Memorial Fund Exhibition Series and funded in part by UCCS Visual and Performing Art Department (VAPA). About the Artists
Jason Chase received his BA in Fine Arts from UCCS in 2000, and an MFA in Painting in 2003 from Boston University, where he studied with artist John Walker. He has exhibited in Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City. He is currently represented in Boston by the Gold(Au) Gallery on Tremont Street. Chase teaches drawing and painting at the college level in and around the Boston area.
Jason Chase states, “I was raised by a television in suburban America -- tuned in to all the big, bold, shiny things being sold in big, bold, shiny commercials. One of my first memories is the colors of the cereal aisle flashing by as I rode in my mom’s grocery cart. I still see things this way. I’m more likely to notice an ad on the side of the highway than the forest behind it. We all try to isolate ourselves from the unfamiliar, I'm exploring it with these works.” Sean O’Meallie is from New Orleans, LA. He studied art at the University of New Orleans and served as assistant to noted artist Ida Kohlmeyer while there. For ten years he worked as a toy inventor based out of New York, NY, creating toy concepts for the international marketplace. O’Meallie moved to Colorado in 1977 and taught studio art at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs for nine years.
Sean O’Meallie states: “In my work I usually draw on intellectual, visual and spatial opportunities presented by circumstance to communicate possibility. In this, I employ the semiotics of popular culture, human perception and habituation in self-conscious ways.”
O’Meallie’s sculptures have been exhibited and toured in the U.S. and Europe. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art & Design in New York, NY, The Decorative Arts Museum in Little Rock, AR, The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, CO., among many others. His monumental sculpture “Cowboy Pajamas” - a 20’ painted bronze sculpture of an abstract cowboy with its guns drawn - is permanently installed in downtown Denver, CO. In 2011, O’Meallie created The Manitou Chair Project, a half-mile long outdoor installation utilizing the people, townscape and possessions of the residents of Manitou Springs, CO.
GOCA is a regional hub of contemporary art, culture, and conversation. By featuring world-class artists, hosting artist and expert talks, and offering meaningful events, GOCA engages UCCS students, faculty, staff and Pikes Peak Region community members in contemporary culture and life. GOCA is a contemporary arts organization with two galleries - one founded on the UCCS campus in 1981 and a satellite downtown location opened in 2010 in the Plaza of the Rockies building.
UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art
1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80918