June 9th, 2014 / posted by paularath
At a Jago show, the backs are always as interesting and dramatic as the fronts.

At a Jago show, the backs are always as interesting and dramatic as the fronts. That’s Elliot on the right, with my beautiful sister-in-law, Ginger Waters, just to his left. She’s got roses all down the back of her jacket.

The pairing of Doug Jago’s art and fashion and the fabulous interior of Next Door was genius. Bravo to Elliot Domalewski, who showed Doug’s art and fashion to its best advantage in front of an appreciative crowd on Friday night. It was the crowning event for First Friday, June, 2014.

Elliot and friend model Jago repurposed clothing while parading with Jago paintings.

Elliot, left, and Chanel Tanaka of Next Door model Jago re-purposed clothing while parading with Jago paintings.

Elliot had set up some amazing lights that had multi-colored bulbs (or was it gels?) which flashed on and off to create motion on several of the paintings. It was an enthralling effect. Bravo to Next Door for making it all work with such vibrant electricity.

Doug is so prolific that there were paintings all the way up the walls, as well as on easels and in the arms of the models. It was a cacophony of color!

Just one of Doug's dozens of paintings at Next Door.

Just one of Doug’s dozens of paintings at Next Door.

Elliot is one of those delightful Peter Pan-like people who will always have a sense of playfulness and wonderment in his life. He brought tons of “toys” to visually merchandise the stage, walls and models. Even the easels got the Jago/Domalewski treatment!

I know for a fact that Doug gets very little sleep. He may work a ten-hour day, but he will still go home and paint. His highly detailed geometric shapes require so much work. thought and concentration. He simply astounds me!

Many of Doug’s paintings have autobiographical elements in them:

Family photos add to the allure of this work.

Family photos add to the allure of this work.

Every time we turned around, Elliot was bounding about in a different wig and costume. He let the models play with the plethora of wigs to great effect!

Elliot takes to the stage.

Elliot takes to the stage. He’s got the model moves.

In the background is my handsome husband. He wore a hand woven silk Japanese doctor's shirt created for him by Akihiko Izukura.

In the background is my handsome husband. He wore a hand woven silk Japanese doctor’s shirt created for him by Akihiko Izukura.

Doug designs by re-purposing clothing, which is mostly from his prodigious closet. He paints geometric designs that echo figures in his paintings. Ginger and I were lusting after these white leather boots that got the Jago treatment:

Those boots are made for....

Those boots are made for….

Quirky and colorful, Doug's painting style is totally unique - just like Doug!

Quirky and colorful, Doug’s painting style is totally unique – just like Doug!

Doug’s show will be up at Next Door (43 N. Hotel Street) through the entire month of June, so be sure to stop by and check it out. And have a cocktail while you’re there. They have several highly professional bartenders.To see more of Doug Jago’s work, go to www.jagoism.com.

– Paula Rath

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