Jackson Slattery’s new work continues his interest in treading the line between sincerity and indifference both conceptually and stylistically. Whilst seemingly surreal in nature, this series of oil paintings are autobiographical, although all traces of narrative are removed. Through merging sentimental subject matter and sourced imagery, the distinction between the real and the artifice are blurred.
The autobiographical exists partly through references to his own back catalogue, with images reappearing from many earlier series, including the street performers of Props 2011, the Ikea fake rose from Wrong Formalism 2012, and the apples and wine glasses from Every Picture, 2015. It is Slattery’s focus on the surface of these objects that continues to intensify across each body of work.
Slattery again addresses a question that both motivates and plagues him, “What do you tell the viewer?” He shares with the viewer a tantalising depiction of texture, with every, crack, reflection, dent, pore and wrinkle painted with beguiling precision, though compositionally, the distinction between what is depicted and what is implied is where Slattery provokes a quandary.
Jackson Slattery lives and works between Melbourne and Montreal. Solo exhibitions include: Points d’Interrogations Blancs, Soon Gallery, Montreal, 2016; Every Picture, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne 2015; Tunisian Parquetry, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Halfway to a Dead Heat, Siamese Dream, Montreal, 2012; Man Made Paradise, TCB artinc., Melbourne, 2010. Group exhibitions include: Burning Your Furniture to have the Warmest House in the Street, Alaska Projects, Sydney, 2015; Setouchi Triennale, Seto Inland Sea, Japan, 2013; Trust Me, Galerie Desaga, Cologne, 2011; Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2010; and Cornucopia – recent acquisitions, Geelong Gallery, Victoria, 2010. Slattery has participated in a number of residencies, including the Lenikus-Artist in Residence- Programme, Vienna, 2012, the Gertrude Contemporary studio artist residency in 2008 and 2009 and the Australia Council for the Arts/Anne & Gordon Samstag, ISCP Residency in New York in 2013.Artist’s profile