Friday, 30 March 2012
Artist Matt Jackson’s latest exhibition – An Optimistic mid-career retrospective looks back on his life, the trials and the tribulations that have made him the artist he is today.
Matt has lived with HIV/AIDS for the past 20-years. Throughout his career he has used art as a way to speak out in world which still considers the disease to be taboo.
The exhibition, showing at Edith Cowan University (ECU)’s Spectrum Project Space, spans two decades of Matt’s West Australian arts career, presenting many previously un-exhibited works from private collections along with large multi-panel paintings from the last decade.
“Through art I found I have had a communicative conduit for my social voice and my politics, both personal and in a broader sense,” Matt said.
“I have been able to speak of my 20year battle with HIV/AIDS and the devastation the virus exacted upon my friends, family and community. My art practice has afforded me the opportunity to speak out in a way I may never have been indulged in any other communicative medium.”
His paintings are a visual reflection on a number of issues – from bigotry to sexism, gender policing to body politics.
For Matt, the exhibition is a chance to reflect on his choices, share his story with others and thank those who have made a difference along the way.
“My choice to title this retrospective of my work as an optimistic mid-career retrospective acknowledges my great fortune throughout my life of living long enough to mount an exhibition of this kind, but also to pay tribute in kind to all those in my past and present who have, often generously and sometimes unwittingly, fostered my career and my love for art,” Matt said.
The exhibition opens on Friday, 13 April and runs until Friday, 27 April from 10am to 6pm Tuesday to Friday, with a special weekend opening on Saturday and Sunday 21 – 22 April from 12.00pm to 5.00pm. Entrance to the exhibition is free.
High resolution images are available on request.
About the artist:
Born in Western Australia in 1967, Matt is a graduate of ECU and lectures in Cultural History and Theory at ECU’s Mount Lawley Campus. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, from the galleries of Italy to exhibitions in Northbridge’s cultural centre and Fremantle’s Notre Dame University.
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