L’ORANGERIE WALL PAINTING, RICHARD JACKSON, 2018

This wall painting is a commission realized by Richard Jackson for the Orangerie in Paris. The Orangerie has initiated a dialogue between what it is most famous for (Monet’s Waterlilies) and contemporary art, involving different artists and different works. We already spoke about the beautiful work by Joan Mitchell, you can read the article here: THE GOODBYE DOOR, JOAN MITCHELL, 1980.

This work by Jackson is an elaboration of the colors and shapes of the Waterlilies, in the very personal style of the artist. The paint is put directly on the wall, but instead of using brushes the artist used canvases. The process is this one: Jackson painted the little canvases with a lot of paint and then he painted the wall with the outcome of it. The canvases were then fixed to the wall right next to the portion of paint they were used for. What we see then is paint on the wall and hung canvases from behind.

In this case, the painting is not on the canvas, but is coming from the canvas to stay out of it. The artist wants to show the process of painting, showing all its tools and instruments, but he subverts this process at the same time.

The shape created by the hung canvases is similar to a window, with all the colors representing the outside world. To you all the interpretations!

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