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‘richard jackson works’ at hauser & wirth gallery

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‘richard jackson works’ exhibited at hauser & wirth zurich

A prominent figure in contemporary American art since the 1970s, Richard Jackson is influenced by both abstract expressionism and action painting. Her work explores a performative process that expands the potential of her chosen medium by disrupting its technical conventions. Returning to Hauser & Wirth Zürich‘s on Limmatstrasse in September, Jackson will launch an interactive ‘Shooting Gallery’ (2020), the most recent example of his ‘painting machines’ which will be activated by the artist in the ground floor space . Moreover, the exposure presents a study of his neon works from the past 30 years, works on paper and a new installation titled “1000 Images” from the artist’s Stacked Paintings series, comprised of one thousand hand-painted canvases .

installation view © Richard Jackson | picture © Stefan Altenburger Photography Zurich
courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Throughout his career, Richard Jackson has produced site-specific installations that convey a concern for the painting process. The structural aspect of its facilities involves a high level of craftsmanship and engineering; however, the final paint application is generated by an automated process he calls “activation”. He often equips his “painting machines” with a network of pipes and hoses which, when deployed, cause eruptions of paint which submerge the work and often the surroundings. Jackson’s goal has always been to push the boundaries of the medium of painting and to question its working conditions and methods: ‘It’s my idea to try and expand the painting, not just in size, but to see how far it could be extended or pushed. I don’t see my work as a critique of painting but an optimistic vision of what it could be. I felt then and still feel that painting need not be a field of art described by the materials that are used,’ he says.

hauser & wirth celebrates richard jackson's designs of the past 30 years

Art Fair Party (2014) © Richard Jackson | picture © Fredrik Nilsen
courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

celebrating Jackson’s neon painting and creations

For this exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, Jackson created the installation ‘Shooting Gallery’ (2020), an impressive structure made during confinement in his studio in Los Angeles. Recreating a fairground shooting range inspired by Swiss and American carnivals, Jackson responds to the high spirit of pictorial practice by repositioning painting as an everyday experience. The artist fires a paintball gun at a targeted canvas to create an original painting while tiny metallic creatures around the edges of the canvas are pulled by a mechanical chain.

Despite the craftsmanship that goes into creating the structure of the “Shooting Gallery”, Jackson is primarily interested in the process of creating a work of art, rather than its quality as an object. With the viewer left to grapple with the consequences of its activation, the artist declares that his workis proof of work done, of a process‘.

The exhibition also features an overview of his neon series from the past three decades, including new works made in 2022. Mounted on the gallery wall or positioned on plinths, the neon signs flash with puns or statements that engage with the artist’s longstanding interest in hunting. culture and its vernacular, seen in works such as ‘HOTSHOT’ (2022), ‘Big Pig’ (2007) and ‘deer beer dick duck’ (1999). In ‘Ain’t Painting a Pain’ (2009), the word ‘PAINTING’ lights up in stages, offering an ironic commentary on the heroic pretensions associated with the medium, while works such as ‘Art Fair Party’ (2014 ) are a direct and humorous critique of the structure of the commercial art world. Additionally, a selection of technical drawings from the neon lights and other works are on display, showing Jackson’s commitment to executing intricate structures himself.

hauser & wirth celebrates richard jackson's designs of the past 30 years

PROGRESSPROGRESS (2022) © Richard Jackson | image © Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich
courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Jackson’s DIY approach is no better exemplified than in his famous “Stacked Paintings”, a series the artist has been working on for 50 years and which offers crucial insight into his expansion of painting. For this exhibition, the artist has created a new work entitled “1000 images” (2022), in which he individually stretches, paints and stacks a thousand canvases by hand, creating a work that abolishes the distinctions between painting, sculpture, installation and performance. He negates any form of pictorial representation of the surface of the canvas by stacking the paints face down when wet, also transforming the commodity element traditionally associated with paint. Ultimately, for Jackson, paint is not a tool used to create a representational image, but an ubiquitous liquid that is squirted, splattered and sprayed over his installations.

The exhibition “Richard Jackson Works” — until December 23, 2022 — thus testifies to the pioneering and subversive creative process of the artist who continues to merge architectural and sculptural concerns in order to explore and energize the limits of pictorial practice. .

hauser & wirth celebrates richard jackson's designs of the past 30 yearsHOTSHOT (2022) © Richard Jackson | image © Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

hauser & wirth celebrates richard jackson's designs of the past 30 years

installation view © Richard Jackson | image © Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich
courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

hauser & wirth celebrates richard jackson's designs of the past 30 years

installation view © Richard Jackson | image © Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich
courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

hauser & wirth celebrates richard jackson's designs of the past 30 years

installation view © Richard Jackson | image © Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich
courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

hauser & wirth celebrates richard jackson's designs of the past 30 yearsinstallation view © Richard Jackson | image © Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

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Fat pig © Richard Jackson |  image © Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Fat Pig © Richard Jackson | image © Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Fat Pig (2007) © Richard Jackson |  image © Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Fat Pig (2007) © Richard Jackson | image © Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Dick's Buck Buck's Dick (2006) |  image © Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Dick’s Buck Buck’s Dick (2006) | image © Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

installation view © Richard Jackson |  image © Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

installation view © Richard Jackson | image © Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

5050 stacked paintings (detail) © Richard Jackson |  image © Thomas Bruns, courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

5050 stacked paintings (detail) © Richard Jackson | image © Thomas Bruns, courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

installation view © Richard Jackson |  image © Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

installation view © Richard Jackson | image © Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

installation view © Richard Jackson |  image © Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

installation view © Richard Jackson | image © Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

project info:

Last name: Works by Richard Jackson

location: Hauser & Wirth Gallery, Limmatstraße, Zurich

running until: December 23, 2022