February 15 – April 8, 2017 | Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery
Back to Work is a solo exhibition by sculpture artist Jackson Martin, and is on view February 15 – April 8, 2017 in the Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery. Showcasing an array of mixed-media sculptures combining wood, steel, fiber and found materials, Martin manipulates utilitarian objects and tools to create new meaning, function or lack of function.
“Over the years my artwork has evolved into an interdisciplinary approach to sculpture, installation and photography. I combine and intertwine these three concentrations in order to create dynamic experiences for my viewer. I am also attracted to ordinary and discarded objects. My sculptures arise from a need to rescue these abandoned items from obscurity and reconstruct their components into new, engaging combinations. My work transforms mundane objects into artworks with strong metaphorical meaning where the viewer can reflect on his/her own relationship with the world.” – Jackson Martin
Jackson Martin is an artist and educator living in Asheville, North Carolina. Martin is currently an assistant professor of art at the University of North Carolina and recently received the 2017 Visual Artist Fellowship Grant from North Carolina Arts Council. Martin received his MFA from Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and his BFA from Middle Tennessee State University. He has exhibited his work at Sculpture by the Sea in Aarhus, Denmark, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Pratt Institute Sculpture Park in Brooklyn, New York. Martin has completed residencies at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, Godsbanen Cultural Center in Aarhus, Denmark and Baggat Art Organization in South Korea. For more information, visit his website at www.jacksonmartin.com.
Featured Image: DBS: Denim Block Structure, Jackson Martin, USA-made denim, thread, needles, 2015, 48″ x 72″ x 12″