Biography

Welcome:

First and foremost, thank you for stopping by! The following collection of work represents the ongoing emergence of my designs, thoughts, and interests. While my brain is always on overdrive, time seems to be forever against me. There are fewer and fewer hours in the day to work on the proverbial pile of projects that appears to be exponentially growing. That being said, new projects and developing work will be continually added.

If you are interested in learning more about a specific image or page, be sure to click on the "i" icon in the upper right hand corner of select pages. 

Enjoy!

 

Biography:

Jason Labovitz is a designer, educator, and musician; pursuing his continual interest between the perpetual interactions of physical and digital mediums. Jason’s undergraduate studies included: architecture, music, and recording technology. He received a Bachelor of Science in Technology from Bowling Green State University in 2009. He furthered his interest in design as he completed a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012.

Jason has worked at architecture firms in Aurora, Cleveland, and Toledo Ohio, as well as Chicago Illinois. He has also collaborated and worked with world-renowned Austrian artists Kurt Hentschlager and Erwin Redl. From educational building design to historic preservation, landscape architecture to public housing, as well as large-scale interactive audiovisual art installations, Jason has worked on many projects of different scales across all phases of design. Project locations included: Aurora, Bowling Green, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland, Dayton, and Toledo Ohio, Chicago Illinois, as well as Birmingham England.    

Upon moving back to northeast Ohio, Jason received a Post-Baccalaureate Teaching License in Integrated Mathematics (grades 7-12) from Cleveland State University in 2015. Jason also holds a Teaching License in Visual Arts (grades K-12). Before joining the North Ridgeville City Schools he taught Graphic and Digital Design for three years in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District at Facing History New Tech (grades 9-12). His courses focused on the following software: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign as well as Rhino 3D, iMovie, and QuickTime. While a great deal of course time was invested in teaching students the technical skills needed to utilize the various software, particular attention focused on allowing the students to develop creative, imaginative, and original work. Final products were often non-digital, allowing the students' designs to manifest into real, physical objects. From 3D printed and handmade models to large formatted prints, the overall goal was to develop an idea into a reality. It was only by bringing the design out of the computer, shifting from the digital to physical, that the full potential of this goal was achieved.

Currently, Jason is teaching Visual Art at the North Ridgeville Academic Center as well as the Ranger High-Tech Academy (STEM) schools in North Ridgeville (grades 2-8). He is also excited to announce that he is a Teaching Fellow with the Cleveland Museum of Art for the 2018-2019 school year. His research throughout the year will focus on gallery and object-based art. 

 

 

Design Philosophy:

Materials, complex systems, and aesthetics are fundamental characteristics in the design process. With advancements in technology and an exponential growth in education, these constructed elements juxtapose their conventional archetypes. However, in any art form there is a commonality in practice. Intention, interpretation, and progression are all necessary elements in the advancement of a meaningful craft.

Within design it is common to look at the surrounding social, economical, and psychological aspects during the conceptual process. Should we limit ourselves to such a narrow field? The surrounding technologies, art forms and cultures should also contribute towards our composition. It is important that one has an open mind towards other exterior influences. Fashion, music, and digital arts all enrich the creative process. Though they involve different forms of media, their processes and intentions share the same basic principles. Innovative compositions become the representation of many ideas incorporated into a single comprehensive form.