Richard Jackson @ Hauser & Wirth

The Everyday Man

One afternoon last week I was wondering through the streets of Mayfair when my attention was taken by a huge neon clad yellow horse. The beast was hanging upside down in the window of the Hauser & Wirth gallery on Saville Row. It didn’t take me long to release that the finishes touches were¬†being made inside to an exhibition of new work by the American artist Richard Jackson.

Richard Jackson as you may already be aware has been a pre-eminent figure in American contemporary art since the 1970s. His style explores a performative painting process that uses paint as a ubiquitous liquid that is spurted and splattered all over his installations. The finished result mixes sculpture and paint with neon light resulting a completely different style.

The new exhibition features some iconic and somewhat crude images including ‘Pain-t’ (2012) which depicts a line-up of cartoon like boys with their paints down coated in paint. Sitting alongside that piece is ‘Copy Room’ (2014), a still life showing a sex doll sat astride a photocopier with legs spread. The kind of thing you may see at a rather wild and debaucherous office party.

If your preferred style of art is bold, colourful and a touch on the racy side then this exhibit is one that you must see!

Richard Jackson
Hauser&Wirth, 23 Saville Row, London
Until 26th July 2014


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