Studio Visit with Matthew Day Jackson & Chelsea Galleries

Studio Visit with Matthew Day Jackson & Chelsea Galleries

November 13th, 2019:

Today’s visit with Matthew Day Jackson was a very cool experience. Matthew Day Jackson is an incredibly laid back guy who tells you things exactly the way they are. He gave us very candid advise, which I found to be very beneficial to anybody wanting to pursue a career in the art industry. He even let us climb on one of his sculptures in progress!

Matthew Day Jackson

I was most intrigued by Matthew Day Jackson innovative use of materials. His combination of materials like formica, scorched wood, and lead is unconventional, but nonetheless, it creates some very intricate and interesting works of art. Prior to meeting Matthew Day Jackson I wasn’t enamored with his artworks. I didn’t quite understand it and it seemed kind of strange to me that his work had taken a turn from very hard, manly works to floral still lifes. However, after we got the chance to speak with him, I was able to understand his artistic practice better. I wouldn’t say that I am a new fan of his work, but I can recognize the amount of work that goes into each one his pieces and his willingness to think outside of the box.

Hauser & Wirth

Out of the galleries we saw in Chelsea, I found Hauser & Wirth to be the most interesting because of their international presence and because they are the gallery that represents Matthew Day Jackson.

When visiting Matthew Day Jackson he actually mentioned the Mike Kelley exhibition that is currently on display at the gallery and spoke about his fascination with the piece¬†Yummy Puffy Mommy Yoni.¬†The piece is quite strange in my opinion, but it does seem like it fits Matthew Day Jackson’s artistic interests. As he mentioned when we visited with him, he is interested in questioning norms and depicting even some of the most basic things in complex ways. It is evident that Hauser & Wirth gallery supports artists such as Matthew Day Jackson and Mike Kelley because of their different artistic practices.

Matthew Day Jackson, Flowers in a Vase, 2018, formica, silkscreen, scorched wood, lead on panel, stainless steel frame, 72 x 53 1/2 in (183 x 186 cm). Photo by Genevieve Hanson
Mike Kelley, Yummy Puffy Mommy Yoni, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36 in (61 x 91.4 cm). Photo by Fredrik Nilsen
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