Jonathan VanTassel Exhibition – October 12 to November 2, 2018

“Intention vs. Nonintention—you can’t spill something on purpose,” Jonathan VanTassel on Value Menu exhibition at the Art Base.

The Charles J. Wyly Gallery at the Art Base and Lora Reynolds are excited to present an upcoming exhibition, Value Menu, highlighting nationally exhibited Carbondale-based artist Jonathan VanTassel. Opening reception is Friday, October 12, from 5-7pm. The exhibition dates are October 12-November 2, 2018.

Value Menu features new 2D and 3D works, sampling from events surrounding the consideration of intent (a long-standing formal concern of his). Food entombed in resin and anthropomorphic hotdogs made out of steel and plaster will play alongside vibrant abstract-realist and zen-minimalist oil paintings. Value Menu offers the mind and eye various depths of field and narratives to consider—a fun, powerful exhibition with different visual styles.

Jonathan describes his work:

“Some works of mine are a result of simply working and waiting and are entirely different than what I was planning to make. Paint recipes (viscosities etcetera) play a significant role in the direction a painting goes. You can’t spill something on purpose. Color is an accidental strength for me. I have been infatuated with red for a long time, it might be the field I know the most, it’s stimulating and has the shortest wavelength. Color is very much like fashion—you can see what people wear and do, and the nuances are what’s happening.  When I find a color—if it’s something exciting—I generally don’t have a choice, I have to find out how to make that color. Colors are always on display for me. Regarding my 3D works, I have been meaning to entomb fast food in resin, like the beautiful displays of bread and dips that Pizza Hut and others present. They should be kept. And then I fell in love with a hotdog man in New York—the form would be so sweet in a marble-like white I thought, and so many meanings are available. I spent a long time researching what a hotdog means culturally (because in my mind they had to be genuflect), and apparently it means you are an American. A hotdog eater. They represent Americans, and they are delicious. I think it’s funny—trying to make the hotdog part of the conversation.”

Jonathan received a MFA in Painting from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and a BFA from University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado.

His work has been exhibited at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; Boulder, Colo.; Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier, Vt.; Grunwald Gallery in Bloomington, Ind.; The Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, Colo.; and the Unit 50 Artist Collective in Denver amongst other venues.

Concurrent with his exhibition Value Menu, join Jonathan for a morning of coffee, collage, and donuts on Saturday, October 13, from 10am-noon at the Art Base. Learn a bit more about his artmaking process, then grab a donut, some collage materials, and let the artmaking begin! Focus will be on creating your own Jonathan-inspired artwork!

Located at 99 Midland Spur in downtown Basalt, the Charles J. Wyly Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 5pm, Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

This exhibition is part of ARTB2F, 2ND Fridays Artwalk in historic downtown Basalt from 5-7pm. For more information and full schedule visit Contact 970-927-4123 or

This exhibition is free and open to the public. The artist will be present.



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