Pen + Brush Presents Deborah Jack: 20 Years September 23, 2021 – January 29, 2022 – Sugarcane Journal ™
For the primary present of our fall 2021 season, Pen + Brush is happy to current Deborah Jack: 20 Years, a retrospective exhibition that includes twenty years of labor by Deborah Jack (b. 1970, Netherlands). Dealing within the artist’s oeuvre of sound and video set up, filmic pictures, work, in addition to text-based media, this exhibition asserts Jack’s pressing relevancy in modern artwork whereas highlighting key ideas and works. Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and rising up in Sint Maarten, Jack has spent greater than twenty years making a physique of labor filled with portent and putting visible metaphors. The artist, whose work is principally large-scale two-dimensional imagery, presents considerate compositions imbued with instantly relevant ideas reminiscent of our collective dispersement, cultural reminiscence, and aftermath.
From early summary geometric salt work to more moderen photograph collages, Jack has mastered the amalgamation of the canonized modernist aesthetic and the artist’s personal transcultural existence. This essential merger of liminal areas, between worlds, permits the artist to speak without delay universally and personally.
Above: Deborah Jack. Picture by Birdie Piccininni.
Jack’s work is oft darkish and wealthy in shade with patterns of various whimsical vistas laid one over the opposite. The artist depicts primarily scenes of water, panorama, and climate patterns or a mixture of those with a single determine within the foreground. Salt, each as topic and materials, can be seen all through the artist’s whole physique of labor. Jack’s elegant pictures and movie installations are outlined by disorienting combos of largely mushy after which abrupt laborious strains, readability is deliberately obscured, and a tonal haze ensues. These landscapes are made modern as viewers oscillate between referential scenes that by no means fairly emerge. What outcomes is a private trade between artist and viewer through which the viewer is free to assign this ‘place’ to a reminiscence or lineage of their very own. It turns into the greenery we’ve all walked by way of after a rain, that’s without delay calming and foreboding. It encapsulates Jack’s affinity for dichotomies in addition to the artist’s perception that a spot can maintain reminiscence and people recollections may be of each trauma and therapeutic
At present, Jack’s work asserts new ranges of relevancy as we cope with an more and more COVID- riddled world local weather the place notions of identification and residential are continually changing into and reforming. This state of the in-between and our shared scattering is seen and felt deeply in Jack’s work. Quick movies present liminal areas, water or landscapes, which can be immersed in tones of gray and haze, often paired with a requiem-like sound component, main viewers to really feel as if they’re continually on the precipice. This steady push may be seen as a metaphor for trans culturalism and its aftermath inside right this moment’s globalized artwork world.