CYNTHIA-REEVES presents an exhibition of prints and a site-specific installation by artist Thomas Jackson. The show runs from Saturday, August 26 - October 7 at CYNTHIA-REEVES, located on the campus of MASS MoCA at 1315 MASS MoCA Way. As part of the gallery’s new project initiative, the artist will work on-site from August 22 - 25, to create a final iteration of works in progress, ending with an artist reception on August 25 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Jackson will be available to visitors to discuss the work in progress, and to demonstrate the handwork and thought process behind his final installations.
The hovering installations featured in his ongoing series of photographs are inspired by self-organizing, “emergent”
systems in nature such as termite mounds, swarming locusts, schooling fish and flocking birds. The images attempt
to tap the mixture of fear and fascination that those phenomena tend to evoke while creating an uneasy interplay
between the natural and the manufactured and the real and the imaginary. At the same time, each image is an experiment in juxtaposition. By constructing the installations from unexpected materials and placing them where they
seem least to belong, Jackson aims to tweak the margins of our visual vocabulary and to invite fresh interpretations
of everyday things.
Thomas Jackson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. After earning
a B.A. in History from the College of Wooster, he spent much of his career in New York City as an editor and book
reviewer for magazines. It was his particular interest in photography books that led him to pick up a camera, first
shooting Garry Winogrand-inspired street scenes, then landscapes, and finally the installation work he does today.
His work has been shown at Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta, GA and Miller Yezerski Gallery in Boston, MA. Jackson was
named one of the Critical Mass Top 50 in 2012, won the “installation/still-life” category of PDN’s The Curator award in 2013, and earned second place in CENTER’s Curator’s Choice Award in 2014. He lives in San Francisco.