Magazine article Artforum International

Richard Jackson; RENNIE COLLECTION AT WING SANG

Magazine article Artforum International

Richard Jackson; RENNIE COLLECTION AT WING SANG

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Richard Jackson's show at Rennie Collection at Wing Sang, a private gallery that houses the collection of real estate mogul Bob Rennie and hosts occasional exhibitions, activates its venue, to use the artist's term. Wall paintings, sculptural installations, and conceptual gambits--all commissioned by the gallery or drawn from the collection--engage directly with the architecture and its owner, providing an at times biting commentary on art as commodity and visual stimulant.

The largest, and perhaps boldest (though the competition is fierce) work in the show, Rennie 101, 2009-10, greets the viewer on the first floor of the gallery. A series of multicolored, semicircular smears applied directly to the wall are partially obscured by eighteen stretched canvases hung face in. Arranged such that one corner of each canvas corresponds to the centerpoint of a smear, the canvases, whose length further corresponds to the diameter of each smear, seem to have been used as applicators. That is to say, the traditional support has become the means of execution for a work that ultimately colonizes its host. What's more, in the finished piece, the canvas and stretcher played a merely supplemental role, and a negating one at that, denying the viewer full access to what would ordinarily be considered the object of the exercise--the painted surface. Context, process, and product are all equally apparent in a visual and cognitive puzzle that messes with art-world conventions of display and reception. …

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