Creating images that connect. Born to be an artist, I was. I didn’t know it for certain growing up in the late 70’s and early 80’s. It took about 20 years of discovery. I spent almost a decade living outside of the US. Perhaps during this time, I had an opportunity to develop. I traveled throughout a number of countries, studied, and worked on a diverse range of creative projects. I believe this exposure to other places, adapting to other cultures and being able to work across borders enhanced my perspective as a creative. My most recent work integrates technology into the image making process.
A passion for mobile technology began while living in London. I engaged in projects for the UK Digital Economy movement when education institutions such as Brunel and others were beginning to conduct research on the Internet of Things. I’ve been working on this idea since then that mobile has a place in fine art. I tried things along the way such as organizing an event that Sotheby’s Institute of Art judged and showcased. I also did things like display artwork in storefront windows on a few high streets. If you’ve seen mobile tags on wine bottles, I probably had some influence.
I am a professionally trained artist that holds a formal set of qualifications in the arts. I completed a BFA in the US and an MA in Design and Branding Strategy in the UK. I consider myself to be an emerging artist and designer that exhibited artwork in the UK, Poland, Italy and the US.
You can catch this Inspirational Artist online here:
Personal Site: www.jassenpopp.com
Pixels Page: Jassen+Popp
Jassen answers our Bonus Questions.
One person living or dead you would love to hang out with for a day? What would you do?
Picasso. On a trip to Spain, I visited the Picasso Museum in Malaga. It was one of the most inspirational trips outside of the US. If he were still alive, I would take part in one of his mini puppet shows. I would add some coded birds or something in the set. It is difficult to remain childlike as an artist or in any profession. Picasso was the master at it.
How important is music in your life?
I was a horn player at one time. I feel that music has an incredible ability to inspire. Whether it is while creating something or just doing everyday things; music is always there. I have created coded works with a musicality theme such as musician portraits and designs for emerging developments such as the Gigantic Worx Centers, a series of multi-domed facilities for music/arts entertainment. I can’t imagine the world without music.
What advice would you give the teenage you?
When things get tough listen but be persistent. You will fail more than a thousand times, learn from it and move on quickly.
Have you ever cried when a celebrity died?
Yes, When Michael Jackson died. I felt that I lost a bit of my childhood that day. I shed a few tears for Robin Williams. There is only one Mork. Both were incredible performers that I thought really cared about people and their art.
I have 4/5 images of coded bird series here on Fine Art America but will add more throughout 2017.