Richard Jackson‘s installation, ‘The Little Girl’s Room’ is an immersive environment designed to resemble a childs room and dominated by a spinning unicorn embraced by a life-size sculpture of a little girl. Every so often the unicorn sprays paint through its genitals, dripping across the other objects in the room that include large-scale canvases depicting fluffy clouds and geometric forms as well as an array of other objects that look familiar but feel disturbingly out of place.
The gallery at which this work was installed had this to say about the work:
The sculptural figures that serve as both sources and supports for paint represent extremes of physicality in which the infantile and the archaic resemble each other. A larger-than-life Jack-in-the-box will be draped over one of the gallery’s trusses, and when activated will emit paint downward from the pointy tip of its hat; a hobby horse, its head lodged in a bucket of paint, will rock back and forth, dumping the bucket’s contents onto the floor around it; a sculpture of a baby will sit with a collection of baby bottles, filled and overfilled with paint; and, half-hidden in a closet, a comically aroused clown will communicate an aura of unsuccessfully repressed sexuality.
All a bit crazy but fun and full of play and if you’ve never heard of Richard Jackson or seen his work before look him up. He’s well known for his innovation and experimentation within painting and has been recreating the physical act and the conceptual grounds for painting since the 1970s.
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