Jared Boechler, "No Strife", oil on linen, 14" x18", 2017

Jared Boechler, "No Strife", oil on linen, 14" x18", 2017

The solo exhibition “On a Tipped Chair” marks the debut introduction of Boechler’s olfactory body of work. It is the first time that both the included oil paintings and their companion scents are being presented to the public as a collection. Using traditional methods in contemporary context, “On a Tipped Chair” explores the relationship of two-dimensional art and scent influence on the individual. The work within the exhibit confronts the exploration of mental illness and loneliness, emphasizing the importance and perhaps even formative roles these experiences have in our lives. Boechler's practice is heavily influenced by scent. “On a Tipped Chair” encompasses Boechler's most recent body of work and pairs custom-designed scents alongside the original oil paintings they inspired. The work is the result of an experimental process that allowed the artist to be guided by scent exposure. The scents within the exhibit represent direct experiences of the artist. They contain smells from memories that have directly influenced the outcome of the individual works, ranging from notes of lemongrass to black tar, providing insight into the most personal aspects of Boechler’s practice. The exhibit titled “On a Tipped Chair” references the artist’s personal relationship with anxiety and uses the experience of sitting on an unbalanced chair to draw an unusual comparison between these states of unrest. The works within the exhibit explore the process of living and creating on this precipice and present a question that many artists find themselves having to consider on a daily basis: How do I maintain the balance necessary to productively pursue a craft that is inherently free and unrestricted in nature? The exhibit has been produced in collaboration with the House of Cherry Bomb Perfumery, based out of Brooklyn, New York, who have exclusively crafted the custom designed scents that accompany the works.

Jared Boechler, To Lead a Lavender Life, oil on raw canvas, 36" x 48", 2017.

Jared Boechler, To Lead a Lavender Life, oil on raw canvas, 36" x 48", 2017.

The scent relates to dead-of-winter, past midnight experiences, when it’s so cold and unforgiving that sound and smell seem suspended in the air. These environments present intense opportunities for loneliness too. Scent has always been intensified to me in the coldest months, and these periods have very likely played a big part in how I connect scent to visuals. I’ve had a quote that I’ve carried with me throughout adolescence, one that somehow makes sense within the context of my life that I can’t properly pin down or define, “I lead a lavender life”. I’ve used it as a kind of intention in how I try to experience the world, as an individual who, like many people, are often alone. I feel an affinity with the concept of frozen or cold lavender. I physically work with lavender oil regularly and the traits it takes on in the coldest nights is something special. I think scorched honey and bee pollen provide a really great antithesis to these notes. When I speak of tea dust, I refer to the experience of opening a high-end loose-leaf tea canister, when your nose catches the particles that fly off of the lid. I experienced this recently with a tea at a hotel in Stockholm, and the moment has stuck. I’ve always thought of tea as such a strange, alien product . I Imagine it to be the result of some surreal diorama, comprised of tiny dried and dying components, a display of natures capacity on a humble scale.

 Jared Boechler, Mother!, oil on raw linen 35X50 2017

Jared Boechler, Mother!, oil on raw linen 35X50 2017

 Notes : organic lavender, high elevation lavender, black agar, honey, black tea, dusty wood, firewood The scent relates to dead-of-winter, past midnight experiences, when it’s so cold and unforgiving that sound and smell seem suspended in the air. These environments present intense opportunities for loneliness too. Scent has always been intensified to me in the coldest months, and these periods have very likely played a big part in how I connect scent to visuals. I’ve had a quote that I’ve carried with me throughout adolescence, one that somehow makes sense within the context of my life that I can’t properly pin down or define, “I lead a lavender life”. I’ve used it as a kind of intention in how I try to experience the world, as an individual who, like many people, are often alone. I feel an affinity with the concept of frozen or cold lavender. I physically work with lavender oil regularly and the traits it takes on in the coldest nights is something special. I think scorched honey and bee pollen provide a really great antithesis to these notes. When I speak of tea dust, I refer to the experience of opening a high-end loose-leaf tea canister, when your nose catches the particles that fly off of the lid. I experienced this recently with a tea at a hotel in Stockholm, and the moment has stuck. I’ve always thought of tea as such a strange, alien product . I Imagine it to be the result of some surreal diorama, comprised of tiny dried and dying components, a display of natures capacity on a humble scale.

Notes : organic lavender, high elevation lavender, black agar, honey, black tea, dusty wood, firewood The scent relates to dead-of-winter, past midnight experiences, when it’s so cold and unforgiving that sound and smell seem suspended in the air. These environments present intense opportunities for loneliness too. Scent has always been intensified to me in the coldest months, and these periods have very likely played a big part in how I connect scent to visuals. I’ve had a quote that I’ve carried with me throughout adolescence, one that somehow makes sense within the context of my life that I can’t properly pin down or define, “I lead a lavender life”. I’ve used it as a kind of intention in how I try to experience the world, as an individual who, like many people, are often alone. I feel an affinity with the concept of frozen or cold lavender. I physically work with lavender oil regularly and the traits it takes on in the coldest nights is something special. I think scorched honey and bee pollen provide a really great antithesis to these notes. When I speak of tea dust, I refer to the experience of opening a high-end loose-leaf tea canister, when your nose catches the particles that fly off of the lid. I experienced this recently with a tea at a hotel in Stockholm, and the moment has stuck. I’ve always thought of tea as such a strange, alien product . I Imagine it to be the result of some surreal diorama, comprised of tiny dried and dying components, a display of natures capacity on a humble scale.

Jared Boechler

Jared Boechler

Jared Boechler, Do Never, oil on raw linen,40" x 50", 2017.

Jared Boechler, Do Never, oil on raw linen,40" x 50", 2017.

Jared Boechler in his studio

Jared Boechler in his studio

 Jared Boechler, Emp./ Flourish, oil linen, 14"x 18", 2017.

Jared Boechler, Emp./ Flourish, oil linen, 14"x 18", 2017.

Jared Boechler, "Crystal Thaw", oil on linen, 14" x18", 2017

Jared Boechler, "Crystal Thaw", oil on linen, 14" x18", 2017

The solo exhibition “On a Tipped Chair” marks the debut introduction of Boechler’s olfactory body of work. It is the first time that both the included oil paintings and their companion scents are being presented to the public as a collection. Using traditional methods in contemporary context, “On a Tipped Chair” explores the relationship of two-dimensional art and scent influence on the individual. The work within the exhibit confronts the exploration of mental illness and loneliness, emphasizing the importance and perhaps even formative roles these experiences have in our lives. Boechler's practice is heavily influenced by scent. “On a Tipped Chair” encompasses Boechler's most recent body of work and pairs custom-designed scents alongside the original oil paintings they inspired. The work is the result of an experimental process that allowed the artist to be guided by scent exposure. The scents within the exhibit represent direct experiences of the artist. They contain smells from memories that have directly influenced the outcome of the individual works, ranging from notes of lemongrass to black tar, providing insight into the most personal aspects of Boechler’s practice. The exhibit titled “On a Tipped Chair” references the artist’s personal relationship with anxiety and uses the experience of sitting on an unbalanced chair to draw an unusual comparison between these states of unrest. The works within the exhibit explore the process of living and creating on this precipice and present a question that many artists find themselves having to consider on a daily basis: How do I maintain the balance necessary to productively pursue a craft that is inherently free and unrestricted in nature? The exhibit has been produced in collaboration with the House of Cherry Bomb Perfumery, based out of Brooklyn, New York, who have exclusively crafted the custom designed scents that accompany the works.