1xRUN Thru Interview
Hope For Albert XIII by Jason Limon
1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece and how the execution came about.
Jason Limon: I’ve been focusing on stories of the strange and unusual lately. Sometimes I’ll go read about our history with space travel to gather some ideas. I had seen some stories about the Russians and Americans sending animals into space to study them in and after flight. The Russians used a dog, as well as some other smaller animals and the Americans were doing the same, but were also using monkeys for space flight testing. The first of these test monkeys were named Albert with a roman numeral after the name. I believe it went up to Albert VI until they started using other names. I had imagined that they kept sending Alberts into space except advancing further with knowledge and skills. So Albert XIII is one of the later monkeys that learned more about traveling through space and other planets.
1xRun: Was this piece part of a recent theme or series?
Jason Limon: Yes, it is part of a year long series I’ve been calling “Monstrous Days”. The idea is to read paranormal or unusual stories and create art using this material and sometimes expand on and add to them. This one fits right in with the other monstrous characters.
1xRUN: What materials were used to create this piece with?
Jason Limon: I used acrylic paints on wooden box panels.
1xRun: When was this piece created?
Jason Limon: It was painted the first quarter of this year (2014).
1xRun: Anything immediate you would like us to highlight?
Jason Limon: The Iranian’s were the most recent ones to shoot a monkey, named Fargam, into space on December 14th, 2013 who returned safely to Earth.
1xRun: How long did the piece take to complete?
Jason Limon: Pretty much a whole week of painting.
1xRun: What do you find to be unique about this piece?
Jason Limon: There are monsters on the moon, but are they friendly or not? We don’t know if this guy is coming around to help the monkey or eat him.
1xRun: Describe this piece in one gut reaction word.
Jason Limon: Bananas!
1xRun: Tell us about your most recent work, how did these new pieces come about?
Jason Limon: I’ve just finished a new batch of Cryptidbits, a series of small paintings focused on characters displayed in a variety of unusual situations.
1xRun: What has been inspiring you as of late?
Jason Limon: Paranormal, cryptids, aliens, monsters, space travel and all sorts of high strangeness.
1xRun: Is this part of or grown from your recent Cryptidbit series?
Jason Limon: It is not, but it is in the series “Monstrous Days”, which the Cryptidbits fall under.
1xRun: Any big shows or events coming up that you’d like to share?
Jason Limon: Right now I’m just focusing on putting together a good grouping of one-off sculptures for Designer Con, which is in Pasadena, CA late in the year.