Artists at Noguchi | Jason Polan Turns Rocks to Stone

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 11:00am - 6:00pm

One way to describe the semantic distinction between rocks and stones is to say that a stone is a rock we have interfered with: Nature makes rocks; we make stones. For example, biblical David picked up a rock; in his slingshot, in the air, and while killing Goliath, that rock was a stone; falling back to earth it again became just a rock; although, had someone picked it up and saved it as a memento, it would have remained a stone. That's one paradigm, anyway.


Bring a favorite rock to the Museum, or borrow one from the garden while you're here, and through the magic of drawing, Jason will turn it to stone.


Jason Polan is a freelance artist in New York City. He has exhibited work all over the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He is a member of The 53rd Street Biological Society and Taco Bell Drawing Club. His book Every Piece of Art in the Museum of Modern Art, one of the more than 100 he has made, is a cult favorite, as is his print for 20x200, Rocks at The American Museum of Natural History. His newest book, Every Person in New York, released this fall by Chronicle, includes drawings of 30,000 people Jason has encountered in the city over more than seven years. The book is the first volume of an ongoing project. Jason's illustrations and projects have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Believer Magazine and ARTnews. He has done projects with Jack Spade, Warby Parker, Levi's, and The Ford Foundation. Jason is from Michigan.