5 Questions: Artist / Designer / Collector / Curator / Gallerist Jason Pickleman

Jason Pickleman | Photo Courtesy of the Artist

Jason Pickleman caught up with Esthetic Lens about his recent ventures and discoveries in our 5 Questions feature. He discusses his new gallery that has a unique objective; Cowboy, an artist working with found objects, and his plans for two large upcoming art fairs.

1. What’s been keeping you up at night?

I’m starting a new art eponymous art gallery called Pickleman. This is a commercial affair whose main objective is to place unusual artwork into interesting collections. Given the topsy-turvy nature of the world right now, I’m torn about the timing of this new commercial initiative. But in reality, there’s never a good time to buy art or start an art gallery.


Cameron Harvey, recent paintings and sculpture, 2020, installation view | Courtesy of Pickleman.art

2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?

When museums and galleries were closed during the pandemic, I discovered an artist named Cowboy whose work involves the collection and ordered presentation of found objects. His accumulated compositions of detritus are usually situated on city sidewalks, and thus they are ephemeral. Only photo documentation exists for his ongoing work. A select group of in situ photographs is now available at Pickleman.art.


Cowboy, Orange Eggs Sidewalk, 2020, archival inkjet print, 11 x 11 inches | Courtesy of Pickleman.art

3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?

I’m excited to be exhibiting the work of Cameron Harvey at Expo Chicago’s Exhibition Weekend and NADA’s Chicago Gallery Open: two online art fairs. This will be my first commercial offering under the new gallery moniker. Cameron’s paintings are both micro and macro, suggesting bodies as well as galaxies. She dipicts holes and protuberances, both the ones we are born with, and the ones that show up along the way.


Cameron Harvey, Untitled Hole #1, 2020 | Courtesy of Pickleman.art

4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead to your team, who would it be?

If I had Pablo Picasso as my studio assistant, I could sit back and relax a bit.


Jason Pickleman, Pablo Picasso, 1987, silver gelatin photograph | Courtesy of Pickleman.art

5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?

Every Day Is Different

Jason Pickleman is an artist, designer, collector, curator, and gallerist based in Chicago. As a designer, his work is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. As an artist, his most recent one-person show of neon work was at https://kensaundersgallery.net/. As a collector, he acquires what he loves without regard to name or pedigree. As a gallerist, for five years he championed the alternative art space http://lawrenceandclark.com/; and is now eager to introduce his new art sharing model https://pickleman.art/.