Flux is Hayden Jackson’s first solo exhibition with Piermarq in Paddington. Jackson is an emerging practice-based artist and his canvases are an exploration of materiality; of paint in motion.
Exhibition Dates: 17 August - 2 September 2017
Opening Drinks: Thursday 17 August 2017, 6 – 8pm
Jackson uses litres of acrylic and enamel to create loosely painted portraits of immense presence and power. Across such a large surface Jackson is able to manipulate the movement of the paint; tilting and manoeuvring the large stretchers physically to convey line and depth. However, the manipulation of paint is never more than partially controlled, as the mark making instrument is not a brush, but gravity, chance and judgement. Through this process the elements of order and flux are brought into balance.
Regarding thematic concerns, of particular interest to Jackson are discourses of gender. His paintings are a meditation on the expectations and stereotypes around masculinity, that are at once overtly and covertly part of the culture that surrounds us. In material form Jackson’s work reflects the shifting sands of gender that have been at play in the past half century and will continue for the future. This is achieved through subtle changes in materiality, movement and contradictions on the canvas; contrasting cool pastels with dominating colours to achieve a counter reaction of subject matter and aesthetic.
Flux is a powerful body of work by a strong emerging artist who has already seen his works taken up with vigour by savvy collectors interested in the forefront of new material forms.
Flux opens on Thursday 17 August 2017, and runs until Saturday 2 September 2017.