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Meighen Jackson at Walter Wickiser

New York

Meighen Jackson, Jacob’s Marsh, 2013, ink, art papers, foil, and photography on canvas, 7 panels, each 24 ft. x 5 in. x 3 in. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND WALTER WICKISER

Meighen Jackson, Jacob’s Marsh, 2013, ink, art papers, foil, and photography on canvas, 7 panels, each 24 ft. x 5 in. x 3 in.

COURTESY THE ARTIST AND WALTER WICKISER

The works in Meighen Jackson’s mixed-media show, composed of ink on various kinds of paper, accented with photographs, foil, and rich swathes of pastel-hued paint, were, at the same time, spare and poetic. Ghostly photographs of grasses and bamboo growing vertically across the canvases were painted on top of thick, luxurious patches of black ink winding through the reeds like calligraphy.

In Jacob’s Marsh (2014), the technique and imagery were fractured across six oblong, extradeep canvases, spaced across the white wall like tree trunks in a forest. As our eyes trained across the panels and spaces in between, we could experience the illusion of motion.

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