Matthew Day Jackson

September 19, 2005 at 3:30pm

Fine Arts Building; 1000 W. Broad, Room 114b

Inspired by Russian constructivism, Jackson is a different kind of young pioneer: a sculptor who repurposes frontier symbols for political aims. The Rutgers grad had one grandfather who was a cop and another in the marines; his background filters into projects like tomb of the unknown, based on a tank barrier and made of the wooden particleboard found in prefab homes. It’s about the people going to war being cast aside, he sys. His contribution to Greater New York is sepulcher, a commanding sculpture based on a Viking burial ship; for the sail, he stitched his own punk-rock t-shirts into the form of a Mondrian painting. Jackson calls it “a monument to my own death at the age of 30. Considering that he’s already landed a solo gallery show during the boom fall season-in November, at Perry Rubenstein-we’d say it’s more of a rebirth. (from the March 7, 2005 issue of New York Magazine)

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