The Limits of an Object: Matthew Day Jackson

Public Art Fund Talks at The New School Wed 16 Nov 2011 6.30PM-8.30PM The New School, Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street
Admission: $10 for single talk, $20 for full series of three talks, free for all students, as well as Public Art Fund members and New School faculty, staff and alumni with valid ID
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This fall, Public Art Fund Talks at The New School examine 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 an earlier conceptual art legacy on contemporary sculptural practice, this series examines how the limits of an object might be redefined both literally and metaphorically in the public realm.

History is a part of every single action, every single thing that we do. We don't choose it; it kind of chooses us. In being who we are, we are constantly sending these signals out to the world, and when you start to get a signal back, that is the thing that's acknowledging our presence, our vision. And at that moment, that's the point when you've chosen it. We've sent the signal out, the signal comes back to us, and at that moment we embody history and as we send these signals out it's just showing that we're aware of doing so.
-Matthew Day Jackson, The Brooklyn Rail, July-August 2011

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. Jacksons work utilizes an everyday iconography juxtaposed with an unknown archaeology of form to create "brave new worlds" of encounter in his works, whether he is working in sculpture, collage, video, or photography.
Born in 1974 in Panorama City, California, Matthew Day Jackson lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Walker Art Center; Princeton University Art Museum; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; Hayward Gallery; Vanabbemuseum, Eindhoven; the Barbican Gallery, London; Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; 1st Athens Biennale; 2nd Moscow Biennale; 3rd Beijing Biennale; Herning Kunstmuseum; Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art; and Greater New York, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York.

Presented on occasion of the Vera List Center's 2011-2013 focus theme "Thingness."