Jackson Joyce invites us inside his Brooklyn studio and walks us through the process of creating his newest large-scale installation.
Inspired by Georges Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Jackson has created a monumental installation comprised of individual paintings.
The obvious homage for the series is Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”, but there are also references (directly or indirectly) to David Hockney and Pierre Bonnard, as well as some poets- Ben Lerner, Hera Lindsay Bird, Fernando Pessoa, Chen Chen. I learn as much about painting from writers as I do from painters. It’s not a one-to-one connection, but rather one sentiment inspires another. I’m trying to create the same feeling their art stirred in me.
Pulling inspiration from his life growing up in the South, Jackson’s paintings tell nostalgic and personal stories of past, present and future.
I wanted to make something that contrasts these self-contained moments with a larger, over-aching tableau. It mirrors the negative space between the individual and our shared reality.
Incorporating landscapes and figures into his paintings, Jackson seeks to create a world where things look the way they feel.
We are in the middle of a nourishing moment in contemporary art, a small soft movement of romantic artworks that are so knowingly sentimental they almost wink at you. The world rearranged itself, and we want to know simple things can still be beautiful-- however quaint that sounds. Like, I might laugh at myself painting flowers, but that doesn't mean I’m not dead serious.