Matthew Day Jackson: August 6th

Matthew Day Jackson and Tom Morton

In 2006, Cubitt hosted Matthew Day Jackson’s exhibition ‘Paradise Now (Limbo)!’, his first solo show outside of the USA. I had met Matthew earlier that year at an opening in Oslo, and we spent the following morning looking at the thousand-year-old husks of Viking longboats – instruments of extreme violence and extreme beauty.

Matthew has said that the title of his print ‘is the date of the Hiroshima bombings and perhaps suggests that the bomb that was dropped in Hiroshima had no end and led to the complete burning of the entire globe… Not just one, but all of the devices that came forth after Gadget, Little Boy, and Fat Man, Joe…etc. became one destructive body… All it would take is one device to begin the ultimate endgame’. I’m reminded of a remark by the novelist Martin Amis in his essay on the nuclear arms race, Einstein’s Monsters (1987): ‘If things don’t go wrong, and continue not going wrong for the next millennium of millennia, you get… What do you get? What are we getting?’.

Matthew Day Jackson

Selected Exhibitions

2014 Family, Hauser & Wirth Zurich, Zurich (solo)
2013 Something Ancient, Something New, Something Stolen, Something Blue, Hauser & Wirth 18th Street, New York (solo)
2013 Hauser & Wirth Outdoor Sculpture: Matthew Day Jackson, Southwood Garden, St James’s Church, London (solo)
2013 Total Accomplishment, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany (solo)
2012 In Search of…, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands (solo)
2011 Hauser & Wirth London, ‘Everything Leads to Another’, London (solo)
2011 In Search of…, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland (solo)
2011 In Search of…, MAMbo, Bologna (solo)
2009 The Immeasurable Distance, MIT List Visual Art Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts (solo)
2008 Drawings from Tlön, Nicole Klagsbrun, New York (solo)
2007 The Lower 48, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York(solo)
2006 Paradise Now! (Limbo) featuring ‘Looking for Mother Nature’, Cubitt Artists Space, London (solo)
2004 By No Means Necessary, The Locker Plant, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas (solo)


British Council Collection
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts
New York Public Library, New York, New York
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Olso, Norway
Maramotti Foundation, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Whitey Museum of American Art, New York, New York


1997 BFA, University of Washington, Seattle WA