Through his paintings, sculptures, music and texts, Jasper Marsalis’s work focuses on the role of artist as performer and painting as stage, recognizing the similarities in their interdependent relationships. Citing influences as diverse as Philip Guston, Saidiya Hartman, Paul La Farge, J.M.W. Turner, Tan Lin and Mark Leckey, Marsalis ties ideas of identity, history, aesthetics, and representation into a fractured disco universe that expresses the illusions of spectacle and questions its effect.
Jasper Marsalis (b. 1995, Los Angeles, CA) is an artist and musician based in Los Angeles. His recent exhibitions include ♫ A star like any other —, Kristina Kite Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2020); ♪ A star like any other —, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN (2019); and Flash blindness, Svetlana, New York, NY (2018). His work was also featured in Young, Gifted and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY (2020). Crater Speak, an artist’s book produced in collaboration with Midway Contemporary, was released in 2019. Under the moniker Slauson Malone, Marsalis released the album A Quiet Farwell 2016-2018 in 2019.
Jasper Marsalis’s works are featured in the “Mistake” issue of the LARB Quarterly Journal.