Woodburned drawing, yarn, aniline dye, mother of pearl, abalone & black panther eyes on wood panel
243.8 x 182.9 cm
Matthew Day Jacksonâ€™s Harriet (Last Portrait) monumentalises the image of a black woman on a large oval panel. Working with the artisan techniques of wood-burning and precious stone inlaying, Jacksonâ€™s drawing alludes to both antique religious icons and the tradition of folk-craft. Coloured with aniline dye, a pigment used for staining fabric, and the collaged application of yarn, Jacksonâ€™s drawing conveys a stunning vivacity, offering a portrait of heroism that frames American cultural history with futuristic promise.
Matthew Day Jackson Hung, Drawn & Quartered II (Treeson)
Using found materials, Matthew Day Jacksonâ€™s sculptures appropriate the cultural symbolism of everyday objects to reassemble visions of American identity. Hanging from the ceiling as primitive mobile, Hung, Drawn and Quartered II is an abject effigy of a lynching. Constructed primarily of a tree branch, Jackson draws upon a romantic heritage, converting his felled utopia into an animistic totem: adding boggle eyes, scythe handle legs, leather studded â€˜stockingsâ€™, and dangling Birkenstock feet. Uniting references to colonial optimism, native mysticism, pioneering technology, socialism, andhippie fashion, Jackson executes a portrait of lost ideals.
Matthew Day Jackson Alphorn with Quartered Stand (Horn of Lady Liberty)
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 Jacksonâ€™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 hornâ€™s dead and varnished tendrils stand as monument and relic. Drawing reference to the American Transcendentalists and new world heroic folklore, Jacksonâ€™s sculpture resounds with a nostalgic patriotism reflective of contemporary discontents.
Matthew Day Jackson Dance of Destruction (Featuring
Appropriating the media of grass-roots protest, Matthew Day Jacksonâ€™s Dance of Destruction is a conglomeration of prints and photographs fly-posted on the gallery wall. Satirically heralding the greatness of America, Jackson places images out of context, rewriting his own ironic version of history. From the origins of a dynasty evidenced by George Washingtonâ€™s face on the Sphynx, an antique advert boasting the bio-hazard construction of the White House, to a cavalier image of Ronald Reagan made up of his own conflicting words, Jackson revises a nationâ€™s mythology, consolidating parody of current political issues with â€˜how it might have beenâ€™.
Matthew Day Jackson Hungry Ghosts (from the Civil War Battlefield series)
C-print and bumper
121.9 x 152.4 cm
Matthew Day Jacksonâ€™s Hungry Ghosts pictures the spirits of the American Civil War foraging for food; their barren field now lush parkland emblazoned with an environmental bumper sticker. Highlighting the discrepancy between the pioneering lore of America and the state of its current affairs, Jacksonâ€™s photograph conveys cultural critique, reuniting national allegiance with moral responsibility.
Matthew Day Jackson The Lower 48 - Wyoming
34.3 x 50.8 cm each
artfacts.net Additional information regarding Matthew Day Jackson
chinati.org New York-based artist Matt Jackson was in residence at the Chinati Foundation in June of 2004. Jackson makes sculptures and drawings using found materials to construct forms that allude to familiar or iconoclastic subjects. In his exhibition at Chinati entitled By No Means Necessary,
newyorkmetro.com - Matthew Day Jackson - Sculptor
Inspired by Russian Constructivism, Jackson is a different kind of Young Pioneer: a sculptor who repurposes frontier symbols for political aims.
publicartfund.org - Material World, group exhibition including Matthew Day
Matthew Day Jackson â€“ Staff of Lady Liberty
Matthew Day Jacksonâ€™s recent sculptures take as their starting point some of historyâ€™s most legendary artifacts, icons, and figuresâ€”the covered wagon, the Alamo, a flagpole, and a Viking boat, to name a few.