Eleanor, from American Martyr series

Artist: Matthew Day Jackson
installation | Spiked leather, yarn, scorched wood, stained wood, wood-burned drawing, polymer clay, abalone, mothe | 3048x2438mm | 2005

Matthew Day Jackson's work takes the form of antimonuments that turn a critical eye on our cultural icons to address the romanticization of America's past, current political events, and environmentalism. Inspired by the Russian Constructivist notion of "art for the proletariat," Jackson employs materials scavenged from his past, his studio, and culture at large as well as imagery culled from American history, Native American mythology, and art history. Each element, whether material or symbolic, carries a significance at once personal and universal. When brought together, they create a narrative structure that illuminates the artist's belief in the redemptive possibilities of seemingly outdated ideals.


Whitney Biennial 2006 | 2006.03.02 - 2006.05.28 | Whitney Museum of American Art (old museum)(New York City, NY, United States)