It was truly inspiring to have a conversation with the profound and activated artist, Jesse Hazelip. A humble and very thoughtful human being, Hazelip seems so modest in his demeanor, yet is work, his focus and the dialogue he evokes is purely radical. He continues to ask questions, to force us to look further into the cracks of our society, the places and the people that many of us pass by and ignore. Hazelips larger than life wheat paste style, coupled with his 'all in' approach to his vision and cause, creates a place of awareness and pure motivation. He invites the observer to activate themselves and begin to ask questions about our society and its structure.
I am proud to invite you into the conversation with Jesse Hazelip on Episode 3 of ABC.
Music for this episode by CocoRosie
More about the artist:
Jesse Hazelip was born in 1977 in Cortez, Colorado amidst Navajo and Ute Nation territory, where at a young age, he became acutely aware of the racism and classism of our Nation. At the age of 13, he relocated to Santa Barbara, CA. Shifting into this vastly different environment from his childhood, Hazelip became involved with graffiti, which has become the groundwork for his aesthetic and technique. His love for vandalism is rooted in the traditional sense of the act; where activism becomes ground level, unleashed for the masses to ingest alongside the ever present corporate billboards and consumer propaganda. Hazelip is currently using the Gallery environment as his main venue for showing his work, but his message does not falter, he simply has the chance to reach another level of audience. Political activism continues to be a huge thread within his works and he is currently addressing the prison system and incarceration. Hazelip is currently based in New York and recently held an exhibition at the Jonathan Levine Gallery entitled, Love Lock: Cycle Of Violence, which addressed the inhumane prison conditions in America. His work with the issue of incarceration seems far from over, and I can only assume there are many more inspiring projects that Hazelip has yet to provide to us as inspiration on how to stay human.