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 Jason Reimers  (1974 - )

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Lived/Active: New Hampshire      Known for: found object assemblage

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Untitled (Jumble), wood, 23" x 10", by Jason Reimers
Untitled (Jumble),
wood, 23" x 10",
by Jason Reimers

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Biography from New Hampshire Antique Co-op:
Assistant Attorney General by day, collage and assemblage artist by night: enter the intriguing and complex world of Attorney Jason Reimers.  With found objects from New Hampshire and around the world, Reimers creates three-dimensional compositions by remixing salvaged finds not intended as art materials.

Reimers, a charismatic character himself, is drawn to salvaged wood and found objects with character and history – whether worn by use, created by craftsmanship or weathered by the elements.  He collects discarded materials from old homes (a mill building in Peterborough, his own 1700s home in Goffstown, an antique Hopkinton house), the ruins of resort life on Uncanoonuc Mountain, and the beaches of Puerto Rico, Sicily, Newfoundland and Marblehead, Mass.

"The materials I use are often discarded or no longer useful, but they are beautiful to me," states Reimers. "Think about the human activity these materials have seen over decades or centuries – slowly absorbing marks of use and wear. If you take an old window or chair apart, you'll find hidden tool marks, notches, joints and wood pegs. The same is true for windows, doors, chairs, floors, tool handles, barn walls and driftwood. This stuff was meant to last generations and I try to give it a new life as art."

Reimers, who has a degree from Vermont Law School but no formal art training, describes himself as a scavenger and a finder. "When I walk, I look down because that's where things can be found. Copper screws sometimes fall off of slate roofs," said Reimers. "I have long accumulated unique objects and bits from my travels: rocks and metal mining remnants from the Mojave Desert, volcanic ash from last year's eruption in Iceland, ceramic pipes and plates, cobblestones and bottles from my former life as a professional archaeologist in San Francisco, and date nails from abandoned New Hampshire railways."

Reimers' most recent collage and assemblage works were mainly created from wood; however, Reimers' scope of work also includes wire sculptures and works on paper.  In 1999, he discovered a coil of wire on a San Jose archaeological site and made a miniature excavator. Thus began a few years of making objects out of wire. He also became interested in balance and spent months balancing lead fishing weights connected by heavy wire over wooden bowling pins. In addition, he has spent years making and sending handmade one-of-a-kind postcards by the hundreds.

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