Dark Matter

Tom Hackney, Andy Jackson, Peter Simpson, Thomas Wright

A rocky island far out in the sea, and a second, smaller island. They lie on the far edge of the inhabited world. On one island, for centuries, some forgotten men have lived. And because they live on the far edge of the inhabited world word has not reached them that the Earth is round. They have retained the belief that the Earth is flat and that the ocean far beyond ends in a yawning abyss.

I see a man on top of a rock. For years he stood alone, looking out over the sea day after day, always in the same place, He is the first one to doubt.

Then years later, three other men join him. For many years they gaze across the sea from the rock. Then, one day, they decide to risk the ultimate. They want to reach the edge of the world, to see if there is really an abyss.

-Heart of Glass, Werner Herzog, 1976

The sea:

The dark abyss: the monochromatic sea’s final conclusion, on the flat, horizontal earth
The monochrome: paintings conclusive gesture?
The mens’ pursuit: a breakaway from autonomy
Go to the edge to find a truth
Go to the edge of a painting to investigate it’s historical production
A homemade paint’s historical production: a grinded down shellac record (Canary song)

The desert:

A crack forms along a stone lith
Trails of currency: organic tracks on a dark desert floor
The sun bids farewell: the horizontal mirage turns to grey
From grey to black, an abyss, the sudden occurrence of colours (weeds stemming/galaxies forming)
The abyss: an entropic finality or a fertile life bed?

-Andy Jackson 2010

Tom Hackney, Duchamp v's Crepeaux, Nice, 1925, 2009 acrylic and gesso on linen, oak frame

Tom Hackney

Duchamp v's Crepeaux, Nice, 1925, 2009
acrylic and gesso on linen, oak frame