Jackson presents a proposal for the beginning of a post-apocalyptic earth in which the wrongs of our past can be rectified. The exhibition will take the form of an installation including photographs, sculpture and drawing. While in residence at PICA, the artist researched the Multnomah Falls myth, collected images of anthropomorphic land masses, and constructed a new vision of mother nature in the hopes to re-order the world. Repurposing image, iconic symbols and craft from varied mythologies, American history and Modern Art, Jackson creates hybrid portraits of martyrs slain and sacrificed. Myth and man meet head on as he expunges the sins of the past while wrestling history’s demons to the ground.
Paradise Now! is the first phase in a series of exhibitions that will be followed by presentations at Cubitt Art Space (UK) and The Blanton Museum of Art (TX).
Matthew Day Jackson received his BFA from University of Washington and his MFA from Rutgers University. Solo exhibitions have been presented at the Chinati Foundation (TX), and at Perry Rubenstein Gallery, (NY). His work has recently been featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, Greater New York at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, in Uncertain States of America at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Infinite Painting at the Villa Manin Contemporary Art Center, Italy and USA Today at the Royal College of Art in London.
This exhibit is made possible in part by the Kristy Edmunds Fund for New Work with additional support from Henry Hillman.