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Vanessa Jackson: Rough Cut and Faceted: review by Charley Peters
Marcelle Joseph Projects, 84 Hatton Gardens, London EC1N 8JR
Charley Peters, September 2014
The smaller series, Spring Note (2012) and Summer Note (2014) felt unfortunately
dwarfed by the larger paintings, and it’s questionable as to whether they added anything
to the exhibition as a whole. Like many series their presence had value when seen
in relation to each other, rather than as individual works in their own right. The
scale of the paintings resulted in the spatial forms experienced in the two-
The exhibition was dominated by three large, vibrant paintings made in 2014, in addition
to two smaller series of works on canvas. The three large paintings were the most
impressive works in the exhibition. Homage á Henri made obvious references to the
recent show of Matisse’s cut-
Jackson’s work employs the grammar of geometry to produce vivid suggestions of dimensional space. Inspired by architecture and art history, she uses an economical formal language to make paintings that confuse the flat surface of modernist space through an optical investigation of saturated colour. Each over two metres in height, the large works in Rough Cut and Faceted presented the viewer with a series of immersive spatial contradictions. The geometric forms in Jackson’s paintings reference a geometric exploration of implied, but not fully resolved spaces: her paintings relying on our visual perception to read constructed form as equally tangible and transient.
Rough Cut and Faceted presented a strong vision of Vanessa Jackson’s current practice. Although regrettable that there were only three of the large paintings to appraise, the exhibition evidenced a coherent line of enquiry that I look forward to seeing develop in subsequent shows of Jackson’s work.
Vanessa Jackson, Rough Cut and Faceted (2014), Marcelle Joseph Projects
Vanessa Jackson Homage á Henri, 2014, oil on canvas, 213cm x 183cm
Vanessa Jackson, Summer Note I-
Vanessa Jackson, Lighten Up, 2014, oil on canvas, 26cm x 20cm
Rough Cut and Faceted presented recent works by painter Vanessa Jackson in a temporary exhibition space in Hatton Garden, curated by Marcelle Joseph Projects.
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