The New Exhibition of Matthew Day Jackson and Art News of the Week 7 – 13 September 2020

Matthew Day Jackson. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photo: JJYPHOTO.
Matthew Day Jackson. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photo: JJYPHOTO.

A project is being prepared to take a laser scan of the city of Venice, Italy. The aim is to have a complete digital record of this ancient city that could soon be underwater due to rising sea levels. Peter Williams is an American painter born in 1952 with a career that spans over forty years. Last August he presented “Untitled” a triptych by George Floyd at the virtual opening event of the art fair Art Online. The long-awaited Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles will have Hayao Miyazaki’s Fantasy Films as its first exhibit. Matthew Day Jackson is once again holding an exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Zürich to show a series of new drawings and paintings.

The project to make Venice a place beyond time

September 10, 2020 – Via The Art Newspaper

The façade of Palladio’s church on the island of San Giorgio in a shaded render of a depth-map orthophoto of its composite photogrammetry produced by Factum Arte. Photo: © Fondazione Giorgio Cini

A project is being prepared to carry out a laser scan of the city of Venice, Italy. The aim is to have a complete digital record of this ancient city that could soon be underwater due to rising sea levels. The island of San Giorgio in Venice is the setting where a team of scientists is digitally mapping the entire area. This project will provide a digital archive of the city that will one day be underwater.

From the Doge’s Palace in Venice you can see the island of San Giorgio. This island is the headquarters of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini. The famous foundation, which has a wonderful archive of high-level international conferences, rare books, and music, has almost completed this ambitious project. The Factum Foundation has made a shaded render of a depth-map orthophoto of its composite photogrammetry The façade of Palladio’s church on the island of San Giorgio.

During this summer a digital record of all its buildings, inside and out, in such a high resolution of San Giorgio has been carried out. This work was carried out by Adam Lowe and his team at the Factum Foundation, with ARCHiVE, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and Iconem. They have used a LiDAR (Light-detection and ranging) scanner, which sends a pulsed laser light to its target and measures the time it takes for the laser to return. This equipment calculates the distance the light has traveled and plots that point in a three-dimensional digital space. The system is so precise and has such a range that it has recorded inscriptions so high that they cannot be read from the ground.

Peter Williams, bold paintings that confront racial oppression

September 11, 2020 – Via Culture Type

Detail of George Floyd Triptych (2020). Photo: Peter Williams

Peter Williams is an American painter born in 1952 with a career that spans over forty years and dates back to high school experience in his hometown. His creative process has always been experimental in terms of content and traditional form. Peter works in a very original way with colors and is currently in a strong comic phase. In this phase, colors are important for the structure and form of his most recent work.

Last August he presented “Untitled” a triptych by George Floyd at the virtual opening event of the art fair Art Online. The central focus of Luis De Jesus’ virtual booth in Los Angeles was this work by Peter Williams depicting Floyd’s arrest, death, and burial in three panels. Williams and critic John Yau discussed the paintings and the artist’s long career in a conversation at Zoom, which was organized by the Art Online art fair.

When Yau asked Peter about the use of “shocking color” in his work, Williams explained that in this triptych he invoked 1960s modernism, the Washington School of Color, and Frank Stella’s stripes, and to make them more accessible to viewers he presented the images in a comic book, poster style.

Peter explained that “In a way, as I tracked through that story, it really resonated with me. When I saw the film, I was aghast and in shock. For hours after that, I couldn’t quite bring myself to believe that something like this was so prevalent, that people just stood there and watched him die and even I just stood there and watched him die,” Williams said, “and that sort of spurred me on to making the center panel, which was about the death of George Floyd and how he was kneeled on and the police officer had his hand in his pocket and gazed about as if it were an everyday occurrence. And of course, it is as we now sort of see more and more of these images being repeated in the media.”

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open with an exhibition by Hayao Miyazaki

September 11, 2020 – Via artnet News

Film still, Spirited Away (2001), Hayao Miyazaki. Photo: ©2001 Studio Ghibli

The long-awaited Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles will have Hayao Miyazaki’s Fantasy Films as its first exhibit. The Japanese animator, filmmaker, screenwriter, author, and manga artist has worked in the past in films such as the Oscar-winning The Journey of Chihiro (2001), Castle in the Sky (1986), and Princess Mononoke (1997).

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will hold a retrospective that celebrates the career of over six decades of the Japanese animator born in 1941. Hayao Miyazaki co-founded the acclaimed studio of animation Studio Ghibli in Tokyo in 1985. Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki said of Miyazaki, “His genius is his power to remember what he sees. He opens the drawers in his head to pull out these visual memories and create characters, landscapes, and structures that are brimming with originality.”

The exhibition features film clips, some 300 storyboards, character artwork and other items from the making of Miyazaki’s films. Jessica Niebel and J. Raul Guzman are the exhibition curators, who have worked closely with the studio to prepare this historic exhibition. Estudio Ghibli, which opened in Tokyo in 2001, has its own museum and has never let another institution run an exhibition based on its work. Therefore most of the work has never been seen outside of Japan.

The exhibition will be divided into seven sections, with film clips, as well as drawings and production materials such as imageboards, and will open on April 30, 2021. Jessica Niebel stated that “These are basically conceptual drawings, both for character design and for creating the settings and locations. This is how Miyazaki begins to process his creative thinking; he says he works with many fragments that gradually come together to form something more holistic.”

Matthew Day Jackson exhibits a series of new drawings and paintings at Hauser & Wirth Zürich

September 12, 2020 Via artdaily.com

Matthew Day Jackson – Den Porthole #1 (Apollo 1). Photo: Hauser & Wirth Zürich collection.

Matthew Day Jackson is once again holding an exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Zürich to show a series of new drawings and paintings. Matthew’s work explores the complexity of the human experience, focusing on the capacity for destruction and violence that is often hidden under the appearance of invention and discovery.

Matthew Day Jackson is an American artist born in 1974 with a multifaceted work that includes painting, collage, sculpture, photography, drawing, and also video, performance, and installation. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2001 and has already had numerous solo exhibitions. He uses the resources of still life and landscapes, combining material and form in an idiosyncratic way.

In the first section of this new exhibition, Matthew presents a body of paintings that express heroism and innovation in the twentieth century. These are paintings in the shape of the windows of the Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury spaceships, the same ones that took the Americans into space for the first time. On closer examination, these works reveal the topography of the far side of the moon on their surfaces.

The frames have beautiful hand-carved artwork in an Art Nouveau style. Jackson shows a deep interest in Art Nouveau in the representation of nature in art and design. Art Nouveau is an international style of art, architecture, and applied art, especially as decorative art. It is known for its appropriation of “exotic” styles and techniques from Asia and Africa.

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