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Artist: Julian Jackson
Image Medium: oil on wood
Image Dimensions: 50.80 cm x 45.72cm, 2005
Art work Description:
Of all types of art that currently vie for attention abstract painting appeals most directly to the sense of sight alone, providing an unmediated visual experience free of overt narrative or secondary conceptual information. Abstraction is all about seeing and that is as true today as it was at the turn of the last century when a critic said of Monet, “He is only an eye, but what an eye.” Today as then, artists working in the abstract idiom rely on the primacy of the purely visual and the curious charge that we can still get from that direct engagement. Abstract art is also unique in its absolute relationship to color. Abstract paintings are literally made of color and employ all sorts of strategies for its distribution. My own work is very much involved with the concentrated act of looking and seeing. In my paintings I try to clarify the way I see and to address my particular interests in phenomena of light, atmosphere, and color. Working with smoothly applied glazes I attempt to de-materialize the raw stuff of paint in order to create a surface suffused with a seemingly inner glow. That is, rather than emphasizing the material nature of paint or the physical act of painting (through gesture for example), I am, instead, letting the color do the work by carefully covering the traces of my process . In my recent paintings subtle harmonies of color play against each other within rather neutral architecturally inflected fields. The simple rectilinear forms derive from the widths of the brushes that I use, find direction in the shape and edges of the painting format, and then line up in slightly off-kilter ways that perhaps suggest something of the shared existential uncertainty that informs our lives. I work until the painting feels right. Sometimes there is balance, sometimes not. But there is always color. We are fortunate to possess sight organs of near infinite sensitivity. We are further endowed with consciousness with which to name, recognize, and revel in the colors that we can see. Our computer makers have acknowledged this fact by providing us with “millions” of colors on our desktops. Commercial paint manufacturers tap into our dreams, appetites, and memories with the whimsical tags that they dream up to label the stuff in their cans. (I recently painted my bedroom in “hot springs stones”. In the middle of a blasted winter it sounded enticingly like a spa, and when I asked my paint dealer for it he just sighed with a faraway look in his eyes.) Color has for us powerful associative and metaphorical connotations that actually have little to do with theory but a lot to do with just what it is that fills us humans with the powerful sense that we are alive. Julian Jackson Statement prepared for the opening of the exhibition ‘Color Theory’ at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Aburn, New York, May 2005

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