Jason Hallman and Stephen Stum are the two artists behind the portmanteau name Stallman. Created in 2012, the duo produces unprecedented artworks, redefining canvases. Carefully dyeing and folding long and thin strips of fabric, they completely reinvent the medium, and give a new role and a new light to what we usually consider as a mere supporting surface.
Completely complementary, the duo acts like both hemispheres of the brain, and together they work to create pieces halfway between paintings and sculptures. The rich gradients featured in their works act as epitomes of the hues present in nature, channelling the very essence of the beauty around us.
The duo attributes much of their inspiration to the color theorists of the 1950s and 1960s, specifically Josef Albers, the German American painter and art theorist who argued that colour, due to its inseparability from its surroundings, is the most relative medium in art.
Canvas on Edge:
Stallman is pioneering a new technique and new art form using paint and canvas as sculpture, naming this body of work “Canvas on Edge”. They are taking canvas and paint and giving it a creative edge. Canvas has been given the leading role, creating form, highlight and movement.
The cut edge of the canvas creates an elevated line drawing and when seen at an angle, fields of color emerge as your perspective to the piece changes. Each length of painted canvas is bonded to itself and to the background creating a rigid structure within the frame. The hue of the painted canvas reflects on the background creating a spectrum of color. By using reflected light, pigment and structure they multiply the hues and tones within each sculpture.