Matthew Day Jackson
Born in 1974 in Panorama City, California, USA. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA
New York, London, Paris, Beijing, Venice, the masterly works of American artist Matthew Day Jackson travel the world. Shamanic cowboy, Christ-like nerd, contemporary Native American artist under the influence of LSD, Matthew Day Jackson invents the future. Sculptures, videos, paintings, collages, the encyclopedic world according to Day Jackson dreams of American history and legends: from the Utopian Seventies to the atomic bomb, from the first human steps on the Moon to the wild obsession with cars. Through works which do not mind references, from Buckminster Fuller to Franklin Roosevelt, from Marcel Duchamp to Bruce Nauman or Bas Jan Ander, Matthew Day Jackson encompasses fundamental themes: death, the body, beauty, nature, science, technology or even faith. The sculpture Sepulcher (2004), showing a Viking burial ship like a monument to his own death after the imaginary suicide of the artist, is a turning point in the artist’s work following a decision to quit painting. Personal mythology and great universal ideals intermingle to release transmuted and generous works which explore the questions of absolute loss and endless quest for dreams. Deadwood, recycled objects, mother-of-pearl, one-way glass, patchworks, high-tech neon lights, skulls and skeletons, his various materials and varied modes of production enable him to explore the full potential of his boundless and inexhaustible creativity. Solitary in his studio or team leader, Matthew Day Jackson stretches the limits of his work where all components seem linked to one another by the visionary power of mankind with which the artist is possessed.