Hello, art lovers! It's Julie / JCO.
Over the next few months, we'll be sharing some highlights from our team's personal art collections. We'll highlight the art that they've chosen to both reflect, and surround, them through the years: The art that makes their house a home.
As it's Memorial Day weekend, I'd like to start with my own art collection and the way I've chosen to honor our country's heroes through art. As the daughter of a veteran, I'm drawn towards patriotic artwork that explores the great American experiment.
In This Great Future We Can't Forget Our Past
72” x 60”
Paint, spray paint, oil pastel with mixed media on wood with resin
A child wearing a gas mask is an evocative image, I know... Even before the added context of COVID-19. This exemplifies one of my favorite things about collecting art: A certain work can come to mean so much more over time.
The original photograph the artist has used was taken in 1943 Great Britain, at the cusp of WWII. As a preparatory measure against the Germans and their imminent use of poisonous gases as weapons of war, every British citizen was issued a gas mask.
About this painting, Ashleigh writes,
"Prior to COVID-19, this image has always haunted me but from a safe distance. I naively thought the image of child wearing a protective mask was a 'relic of the past.' Clearly, I was mistaken. The reality of seeing the majority of society wearing masks as protection against a lethal threat wasn’t something I thought was probable in my lifetime. And yet, history is doing what history always does – repeat itself."
Installation at JCO’S private home in Los Gatos, California
30” x 40”
Plastic army men, acrylic paint
My father and three of his brothers served in the US Army during WWII. They were very, very lucky: All four of them survived.
This piece really spoke to me, and I simply couldn't stop thinking about it. It's the first sculpture I ever purchased: One of twelve in a limited-edition series, by conceptual artist Dave Cole.
At first glance, it's just another American flag. It's shiny, it's THICK, it's almost joyful. Truthfully, it looks like a sheet cake. But upon closer looking, you'll notice hundreds and hundreds of green plastic army men, melted together and arranged painstakingly, covered in thick pours of red, white, and blue. It's worthy of a double-take, and urges the viewer to dig in deeper than the surface.
36” x 68”
Carpenter’s pants, work shirts, designer suiting, silk neckties
I first saw Ryan Carrington's Flag Series at Ann and Mark's Art Party in 2016, and I literally gasped. His work is so immediately powerful.
Ryan stitches together pieces of two iconic workmen's uniforms: "blue collar" Carhartt carpenter's pants and work shirts, with "white collar" suits and silk neckties. The very act of sewing these two different types of clothing into the hopeful symbol of the American flag is a call for coming together as a union.
The first Flag in Ryan's series is mine. It hangs in my home over the front door.
Resin with Popsicle stick
This Spring, we've commissioned artist Amy Shekhter to create a series of red, white, and blue resin Bomb Pops. A hint of sticky summer nostalgia meets true Americana. At $98 a pop, what's not to love?
Your own art collection is highly personal: You can surround yourself with art that reminds you who you are, or where you come from, or what you stand for.
My personal collection is a combination of all of these... and so much more.
Be safe, be well, be inspired.
Julie Jenkins / JCO