Color Wheel is a new series in which we identify a trending color in art for the week and post a daily image that illustrates its popularity. This week’s color is silver. Readers are invited to send us images they have on hand so long as they match the profiled colors and we’ll post the best ones we receive.
Matthew Day Jackson’s been all over the news this week, which means he’s a great candidate for our “Color Wheel” series: brought to you from the cutting edge of New York trends. In Skeleton, Jackson uses silver mirrored boxes to create an otherworldly infinity effect, framing a series of skeletons and human skins. Like much of the show “Something Ancient, Something New, Something Stolen, Something Blue”, it takes an outer-space view of civilization. And he couldn’t have done it without silver.
Jackson’s adept use of color has saved him from what otherwise might be a sculptor’s nightmare: constructing not only the skeleton, with its realistic proportions and nobbly, badly-tainted-cocaine finish, but also having to construct the infinite series of other skeletons in life-size invisible boxes that extend through the rear of the piece.