Matthew Day Jackson - Contemporary Artists

Alphorn with Quartered Stand (Horn of Lady Liberty)

Alphorn with Quartered Stand (Horn of Lady Liberty) The Saatchi Gallery
 

Matthew Day Jackson

Alphorn with Quartered Stand (Horn of Lady Liberty)

2005
Woodburned drawing on dead tree trunk, handcarved, alphorn mouthpiece, abalone, epoxy, aniline dye, shellac & tree root

213.4 x 182.9 x 487.7 cm

Staging an uprooted tree trunk as trumpet, Matthew Day Jackson’s Alphorn With Quartered Stand poses as a figurative call for revolution. Harking back to an age of political innocence, Jackson adopts readymade natural form as an allegory of freedom; positioned beside a stump carved with an eagle insignia, the horn’s dead and varnished tendrils stand as monument and relic. Drawing reference to the American Transcendentalists and new world heroic folklore, Jackson’s sculpture resounds with a nostalgic patriotism reflective of contemporary discontents.
 
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