Richard Jackson: Paint Ball
Opening on Friday, September 12, the gallery will present an exhibition by the Los Angeles based artist Richard Jackson. This exhibition entitled "Paintball", composed of three large-scale kinetic works, will be the artist's second solo exhibition in New York.
Richard Jackson was born in Sacramento, California in 1939. He started his career in the early 1960's as an abstract painter with an affinity for the California tradition of lyrical abstraction, such as the work of Clyfford Still and Hessel Smith. In 1965 Jackson befriended Bruce Nauman, whose critical reworking of the premises of sculpture during the late 1960's became crucial for the development of Jackson's work, pushing him to a more analytical and conceptual approach to painting. In a radical move Jackson turned away from the central premise of Abstract Expressionist aesthetics; namely the intuitive generation of form through the hand of the artist via a series of painterly acts. He decided instead to completely avoid his own gestural brushwork, eliminating the subjective 'hand' from the creation of the painting.