An artist, identical twin, interior designer, carpenter, craftsman, and a collector.
Jason Koharik grew up in a small town just outside of Cleveland Ohio called Bedford, where he had always been primarily interested in creating, building, fixing, painting and drawing.
In high school he studied painting and sculpture, developing a working knowledge of fundamentals which was further refined with 2 years of study at Kent Sate University's School of Art. There Jason studied drawing, painting, print making and sculpture. In 1997 he moved to Los Angeles and almost immediately got involved in commercial production, often influencing his work–A leather covered apple box, a C-stand lamp, paintings weaved from film, and a 35mm camera made from camera tape. Los Angeles became a huge source of inspiration and broadened his views into other forms of art and design as well as furniture design and interiors.
Jason's Dad was a cabinet maker, a roofer, a tile worker, a toy maker, an electrician, a painter, a handy-man and a mechanic. As a child, he and his brother would go into their father's basement and use his tools to build things from scraps of wood and discarded parts they would find on "junk walks". The old tools smelled of a mixture of motor oil, spray paint and nicotine. With them, they would build airplanes, chess boards, battery-powered motor-driven miniature lighted worlds, sail boats, bicycles, furniture and countless boxes to put it all in.
Today he essentially does the same thing, with the same tools, (which somehow have maintained that same smell). He built a studio and wood working shop in his home in Echo Park California, where he works with a timeless method: Hand tooled, hand stitched, and hand woven. A discarded Ikea bucket seat, becomes a patiently hand stitched reclaimed saddle leather sculpture. "I look for the discarded and under appreciated. I value the beauty and potential of all things wood and metal. I collect them. I clean them. I fix them. I rebuild them. In some cases, I just place them in the right environment. I follow a use what you have mentality. Nothing goes to waste, that way everything has possibility".
Jason has always collected all the materials for his work. Some works have taken more then ten years of collection. Thousands of pieces of camera tape, leather scrap, tools, dummy loads of film, canvas, wood, used paint sticks, furniture, tape measures, a lost sand bag, a questionable c-stand, location signs, or lost work gloves. "I appreciate the craftsmanship of these things. I appreciate those who designed them and especially those who built them. I value the creation and building more than anything. I admire the men, like my Grandfathers, who built their own homes." Jason is in the process of doing the same. He is not a man who has immersed himself in technology. He does not have a facebook page or own a smart phone. Jason is 35 years old and has never sent or received a text message. Although, he is great with a hand plainer and bending half inch O.D steel pipe. He is often asked "How do you know how to do all of theses things"? He always answers, "I didn't the first five times I tried". His craft is for the most part self taught and is always evolving.
He loves furniture. Finding it, refinishing it, repurposing it, and in most cases building it from scratch. He looks at furniture and sculpture as the same thing. "I try to find the moment when you cannot tell the difference". His paintings are the same. "I think of my paintings as furniture pieces. I try to create something with function and purpose. I want my paintings to understand their environment and fit the sofas they hang above".