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Jay Garrison

“Recycling at its finest!”


Bio

Jay Garrison began creating his found object assemblages during the 1970s when he worked as a graphic designer. Now that he is retired, he enters his assemblages in five to six art shows a year. He lives in Plano, Texas.


Work

Jay Garrison spends a lot of his free time scouring garage sales, church rummage sales, thrift stores and flea markets looking for once-useful objects and pieces. These different parts then become something new and whimsical, as Jay imagines them as a hot air balloon, train, car, motorcycle or airplane.

Jay works exclusively from his imagination and never makes sketches. Much of his time is spent cleaning and polishing the parts. He uses bolts and screws to fasten the parts together, nothing is welded and he rarely uses glue.

Each of his works is created by assembling metal, wood and plastic parts from everyday household and industrial items found in flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores and church rummage sales. The metal parts such as chrome and aluminum are buffed, while the brass and copper parts are cleaned up, if necessary, and varnished to preserve luster. The assemblages are held together mainly with screws, bolts and nuts to achieve lasting durability.

Jay’s one-of-a-kind objects make wonderful conversation pieces when displayed in either the home or office, and people have a lot of fun identifying the familiar (or not so familiar) items that are on each assemblage. Jay spends a lot of time looking for once-useful items and miscellaneous parts of items. Back in the studio, he then conceptualizes a whimsical train, car, hot air balloon, or perhaps an airplane or motorcycle. Sometimes he will find a particularly inspiring object, and that will serve as a springboard for an idea.

At other times, Jay will have in mind a certain type of piece that we wishes to build and will utilize what items he has on hand. Jay works exclusively from his imagination (no sketches) and spends a lot of time cleaning and polishing the parts. Nothing is welded, and he rarely uses glue, but rather use bolts and screws to securely fasten the parts to each other. The result is a fun, interesting, and completely original display of mostly recognizable parts given new life.


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