Jason Krugman’s practice intersects technology and art, as he blends craft with technical innovation, creating his own physical and electrical mediums that form into new types of LED artworks. He specializes in arranging electricity and lights in 3-dimensional space and his sculptures often use their physical structure to conduct electricity.
Trelli Truss is a light sculpture made from two hexagonal layers of flexible circuit boards. By joining the two layers of PCBs, the artwork’s structure becomes rigid and self-supporting. Meanwhile, a concentric circular pattern on the end of each board allows electricity to flow throughout the artwork’s structure powering its thousands of small LED lights.
Krugman has looked to carbon nano structures for inspiration in shaping his most recent circuit-board-based sculptures. Graphene, a hexagonal lattice of carbon atoms, was initially discovered by separating pencil “lead” using pieces of Scotch tape. Arranging and combining it into new physical structures could be the key to many exponential leaps in technology.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Boston-born, Brooklyn-based artist Jason Krugman received his BA from Tufts University where he studied Economics and Fine Arts and worked in finance at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch before returning to school to study technology and art at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University. There, Krugman learned about microcontrollers, soldering, digital fabrication and new materials, and his thesis project was blogged about by Kanye West, ultimately earning him his first commercial commission. Krugman’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The New Museum, Schwinghammer Gallery, and Patrick Parrish Gallery, all in New York, NY; the New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY; the DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY; PLUS Design Gallery, Milan, Italy; and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA, among others. He has completed commissions for General Electric, IBM Watson, the CW Television Network, BMWi, and the New York City Parks Department, among others. Krugman has taught classes at Sarah Lawrence College, the Rhode Island School of Design, and The New School.
Curated by Kendal Henry