November 4 - December 23, 2005
Matthew Day Jackson: Fortunate Son
Working primarily in large-scale sculpture, drawing and photography, Matthew Day Jackson is part of a generation of artists who are explicit about reclaiming their past, confronting the present and proposing an altered view of the future. With each new work, Jackson reveals fragments of an intricate narrative concerned with visions of a post-apocalyptic earth where Mother Nature is a severe yet propitious protagonist. Jackson uses concise historical references and the tangible effects of his craftsmanship as a way to highlight the fragility and power found in nature. Conceptual themes of absolution and consequence are investigated within Jackson’s visual narrative; like an epic, the battle between good and evil and the fundamental notion of rise and fall, birth and rebirth, is probed. The twists and turns drive the ultimate hope that the world’s integrity can indeed be re-ordered. For this installation, Jackson exhibited several large sculptures as well as a suite of drawings.