The fall 2011 Public Art Fund Talks at The New School have examined the transformative potential of sculpture and its ability to reach beyond the material presence of an object’s physical form. Inspired by the influence of conceptual art on contemporary sculptural practice, the series has explored how the limits of an object might be redefined both literally and metaphorically in the public realm. The series concludes with a talk by Matthew Day Jackson.
One of the most inventive artists of his generation, Matthew Day Jackson explores the relationship between materials, myths, and recent history to create works that grapple with the nature of human experience, both personal and collective. Jackson’s work, whether sculpture, collage, video, or photography, combines an everyday iconography with an esoteric archaeology of form to create “brave new worlds” of encounter.
Jackson’s work has appeared in exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, Princeton University Art Museum, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Hayward Gallery, Vanabbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, the Barbican Gallery, London, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston.
This series is organized by the Public Art Fund in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.
Matthew Day Jackson, Axis Mundi, 2011
Repurposed cockpit of a B29 aircraft, aluminum, red oak, glass, steel, plastic, lead, bronze, iron, obsidian, leather, silver, stainless steel, concrete
146 7/8 x 189 x 232 1/4 in
Photo: Peter Mallet
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth