Michael G Jackson: ATO> MIC
MMX Gallery present ATO> MIC, an exhibition of unique luminograms by Michael jackson, his second solo exhibition at the gallery.
The “>” (greater than sign) in the ato> microphone series title is a link and difference between the larger and smaller scales of the artistic representation of miniature still life and the enormity of an atomic explosion. These two influential ideas inspired Jackson’s creative process.
Instead of using carving stone to represent the three-dimensional quality of sculptural works for example, he uses many camera-less techniques to combine scales and the real with the unreal. The canvas of still life is here replaced by photosensitive paper as he draws and paints in the light in his darkroom studio.
At first glance, the viewer can only see geometric spherical shapes with lines and rectangles added onto tea-toned silver gelatin paper. “The supremacy of pure artistic feeling” rather than the visual representation of objects assigned to the artistic movement of suprematism comes to mind. Likewise, like abstract art giant Kasimir Malevich, Jackson wants the viewer to look further, deeper than usual.
The ‘feel’ of ATO> MIC prints, the sharpness of the shapes, the intensity defying its size to the 9 x 7 inch condensed paper, make it all the more dramatic to watch. It takes the viewer to another level of a fantasy world of creation.
The images may recall the first milliseconds of atomic bomb explosions captured by Harold Edgerton’s Rapatronic camera in the early 1950s, but also visualize the thought of Maholy-Nagy’s daring visions in the Bauhaus movement towards the idea of ââthe Gesamtkunstwerk. , or “total work of art.”
3D concepts that were first developed in the same art movement by El Lissitzky a hundred years ago, are also explored here by Jackson’s thin line embedded in the third of the image. In his vision, the line reflects a shelf with the object on top, adding weight to it, gravity pushing them down.
Or maybe the thin line is just the horizon, where the huge atomic explosion took placeâ¦?
Beyond these flat forms of two-dimensional “lumino-graphic” works on paper, the purest form of photography (“light drawing”) traces the visible path to the imaginary three-dimensional world, produced in a precise composition, rhythm and warm earth tones of the works.
It’s up to the viewer to decide what they prefer to see and take with them.
As Wassily Kandinsky once said; “Imagination is what allows your mind to discover.
Michael jackson – (born 1966 in Wokingham, England) is an experimental photographer based in North Dorset, England. He studied art at West Dean College in Sussex, then apprenticed to landscape painter Christopher W Baker and later discovered his passion for photography. He moved away from working with traditional camera techniques in 2015 and is currently progressing Luminogram process in new directions in which he has become considered a leading practitioner. In 2017, his luminogram work was added to the 21st Editions Collection and published by 21st Editions. The book ‘Flatland’ was created at the Grand Palais as part of the Paris Photo Fair in 2018. His work has been exhibited internationally and is part of various private and museum collections including the National Art Gallery in Washington, USA and the permanent collection of the University of Minnesota.
Michael G Jackson: ATO> MIC
November 19, 2021 – January 29, 2022
448 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TY