GRIMM is proud to present DYNAMIC MAXIMUM TENSION, a solo exhibition of Matthew Day Jackson.
In his work, Jackson researches fundamental themes like hope, religion, creativity, and death by looking into contemporary western society through our recent history. He uses found objects or scrap materials of scientific experiments to make his pieces: he wants to emphasize that creativity is the essential force of life and through recycling of materials, he stresses that creativity often stems from a process of destruction or an experiment. By combining the different elements of his work into a new whole, he creates an image of our individual and collective creativity.
For Jackson, materials and ideas are the beginning for new configurations of creative energy. In this exhibition, the artist presents the first step on the moon cast in ‘trinitite’, the substance that formed after the explosion of the first nuclear bomb in 1945 in New Mexico, and a bronze model of the liferaft of the Mercury 1 missile, presented as if it were a contemporary version of the ark of Noah. The Mercury 1 was the first manned missile to circle the earth. The exhibition also features paintings made out of wood and a lightbox from the Dymaxion series.
About the artist:
Matthew Day Jackson (1974, Panorama City, California) lives and works in New York. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and has had many international solo and group shows in galleries and museums. These include the MIT in Boston, the Louisiana Museum in Denmark, Cubitt in London, Saatchi’s USA Today show, Pinault’s ‘Mapping the Studio’ in Venice, Henry Art Gallery in Seattle and the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin. His work is also featured in many important collections.
GRIMM Press Release
Interview by Lauren Ross