A core tenet of human culture is connection: to each other, to the Earth, and to the unknown. These colossal themes of culture are visually compressed in the vivid and mind-bending works of Brooklyn-based Califor- nia artist Matthew Day Jackson. Utilizing a long list of materials that speak to nature, human culture, and death, Jackson collages an alchemical process combining silk-screen, resin, bronze, lead and more to compose extraordinary landscapes, still lifes, portraits and abstracts. By combining toxic man-made materials with imagery from national parks and flower arrangements, his art collapses life and death onto a single plane. There, they contend with American exceptionalism declared by a cleansed history of beauty, technology, and warfare. Working to dispel these myths, Jackson pools and scrapes lead on stainless steel to then be brushed, painted, and stained, generating similar tones and glows of precious stones or mountains in a fading sunset. At once a wry tribute to art history’s great male artists and a nod to impending climate change, his compositions reverberate between astonishment and alarm, a place the artist has deemed the “horriful,” where beauty and horror exist simultaneously.
This piece was about the posture of the person and how it connected to a natural element like green leaves.I elongated the neck to give the figure a bird-like quality and softness. I enjoy letting the watercolor bleed and move on its own and then I go back in to add structure. Shereene Fogenay was born […]
A “holy” portrait of being a modern day artist and performer in Las Vegas. Over the course of the nearly 11 minute video loop, Heidi transforms in and out of being Elvis from inside a neon shrine. The sculpture is about identity, performance, transformation and the labor that goes into being an artist.