Matthew Day Jackson  (American, 1974) 

Matthew Day Jackson (American, b.1974) is a Contemporary artist whose works range from sculpture to painting, collage, photography, drawing, video, performance, and installation. Jackson was born in Panorama City, CA, and received a BFA from the University of Washington, in Seattle, WA, in 1997. He went on to earn an MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, in 2001.

Jackson became inspired by the designs and writings of Richard Buckminster Fuller (American, 1895–1983) early in his career. Jackson typically relies on familiar iconography, such as the geodesic structures of Fuller, and mixes them with references from art history. Jackson's exhibits have drawn heavily from modern culture, often referencing events such as man's first steps on the moon to iconic covers of Life from the 1960s to the 1970s. Jackson's medium is most often found in the world around him. He has used mother of pearl, burned wood, semiprecious metals and Formica, to name just a few, in his art. Jackson is also known for recycling previously used items, including old T-shirts, ax handles, and prosthetic limbs. The articles are always chosen for their symbolism in relationship to the work. The works are an attempt to define American identity.

One of Jackson's well-known works is titled Hung, Drawn, and Quartered II (2005). The work is an abject effigy of a lynching. Jackson constructed the piece with leather, taxidermy eyes, and a tree branch; it represents the destructions of American ideals. The work Alphorn with Quartered Stand (Horn of Lady Liberty) (2005) is a burned drawing on a dead tree trunk to represent a figurative call for a revolution. Civil War Battlefield (2006) is considered to be one of Jackson's better-known series.

Jackson currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, and is represented by Hauser and Wirth in New York. Jackson's works have been shown around the world in several museums and galleries, including the Saatchi Gallery in New York, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, CO, and the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston, MA. His work was also on display for the Whitney Biennial in New York and the Portland Museum of Art Biennial in Portland, ME.

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Matthew Day Jackson, Me, Dead at 39


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Me, Dead at 39

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Matthew Day Jackson, By no Means Necessary


Matthew Day Jackson
By no Means Necessary

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Matthew Day Jackson, Installation shot


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Installation shot
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Matthew Day Jackson, from The Dymaxion Series Missing Link (Lady Liberty)


Matthew Day Jackson
from The Dymaxion Series Missing Link (Lady Liberty)

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Matthew Day Jackson, from The Dymaxion Series Das Wochenendhaus


Matthew Day Jackson
from The Dymaxion Series Das Wochenendhaus

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Matthew Day Jackson, from The Dymaxion Series Bucky (ROYGBV)


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from The Dymaxion Series Bucky (ROYGBV)

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Matthew Day Jackson, Missing Link II (After Booster) (set of 11)


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Missing Link II (After Booster) (set of 11), 2008


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Matthew Day Jackson, Metamorphosis


Matthew Day Jackson
Metamorphosis, 2007
color aquatints, etchings, screenprints and archival Inkjets w/gold leaf and hand additions


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Matthew Day Jackson, Cult of death (Whites of formica #8)


Matthew Day Jackson
Cult of death (Whites of formica #8), 2009
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1974   Born in Panorama City, CA
1997   BFA University of Washington, Seattle WA
2001   MFA Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
2002   Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, Summer
2004   Visiting artist at The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX, June
2006   Residency: Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
2007   The Lower 48, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NY
Paradise Now! (The Salvage), Workspace: Matthew Day Jackson, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX (January 12 – March 25)
2007   Omission, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NY
Uncertain States of America – American Art in the 3rd Millennium, Herning Kunstmuseum, Denmark (March 3-15), Warsaw, Poland (March), Moscow Biennale (January), Beijing Biennale (October), Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece (Fall 2007)
Rivington Arms, New York, NY (April 14)
2006   Paradise Now! (Limbo) featuring "Looking for Mother Nature" Cubitt Artists Space, London, England
Oracle (Days of Future Passed) Mario Diacono at Ars Libri, Boston, MA
2006   Today, Royal Academy of Art, London, England
John Connelly Presents, "Kamp: K48," Scott Hug curator, New York, NY
The Searchers, White Box, New York, NY
Uncertain States of America – American Art in the 3rd Millennium, Museum Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, Serpentine Gallery, London, England, Reykjavik Art Museum, Denmark, Mario Diacono Fine Art, Allston, MA
25 Bold Moves, House of Campari, New York, NY
Whitney Biennial, ‘Day for Night’, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Infinite Painting, Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, Passariano, Codroipo, Italy
Time-Based Art is Happening! Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
2005   Sticks and Stones, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NY
Studio: Seven Months of My Aesthetic Education (Plus Some) NYC Version and Climaxed, Tony Oursler Studio, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Uncertain States of America, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway
You Are Here, The Ballroom, Marfa TX
Motion, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
Bridge Freezes Before Road, Barbra Gladstone Gallery, NY
The Greater New York, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York
2005   Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NY
2004   By No Means Necessary, The Locker Plant, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX
2004   2004 Mommy! I! am! not! an! animal!, Capsule Gallery, New York, NY
Relentless Proselytizers, Feigen Contemporary, New York, NY
SuperSalon, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
Drift III, Valentino Pier Park, Brooklyn, NY
2003   2003 K48: Klubhouse, Deitch Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Spiritual Hunger, Daniel Silverstein Gallery New York, NY
Now Playing, D’amelio Terras Gallery, New York, NY
Drift II, site specific exhibition at the former home of Buckminster Fuller, Northern NJ
White, Black, Yellow, Red, Storefront 1838, New York, NY
Biennial, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
2002   Drift, environmental exhibition, Manasquan, NJ
2001   …sorta like a revelation, Rabbett Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ
1999   Sans Titre, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO