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Matthew Jackson


Matthew Jackson


Tuesday, February 5 at 6:30 pm


VAC 1B20, CU-Boulder
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Jackson has said of his work, “the joy of making things was introduced to me through playing and building with LEGOs. Perhaps the greatest gift one can give are the tools from which to build, with which to visit the chimera of dreams through form.”  He believes that there is a deeper strata of truth in art, and there is such thing as poetic, ecstatic truth. Truth in art is mysterious and elusive and can be reached only through fabrication, imagination and contradiction.  Jackson uses a wide variety of media ranging from scorched wood, molten lead, mother-of-pearl, precious metals, Formica, to found objects like prosthetic limbs, axe handles and posters, and personal effects such as his old band t-shirts. These diverse materials resonate with symbolism, combining apocalyptic elements with the fruits of new technologies, historical imagery with contemporary signifiers. The clash between the material form and idealist thought is where this work derives its force.

This event is part of the Visiting Artist Program

We would like to thank our students for making this program possible with funding from Art and Art History Student Activities Fees.

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