Julian Jackson, Crossing Green, 2012, 78 x 78 inches, oil on canvas
Julian Jackson is showing a group of twenty new paintings, titled Crossings, at Kathryn Markel in Chelsea, through June 16, 2012. The title calls attention to the grid which in these new paintings assumes a more prominent role, echoing not only the edges of the square formats, but beyond that, the architectural environment to which painting is historically and inextricably wedded. Employing ambiguous veils of softly modulated color, the artist creates scenarios of constantly shifting planes and spaces, like urban landscapes dissolved into pure light, that draw the viewer into their sensuous atmospheres. Subtle contrasts of value and hue coalesce into dynamic rhythms that are often punctuated by small percussive chunks of saturated color as the underlying structure opens out into an undulating ether.
Julian Jackson, Crossing Grey, 2012, 78 x 78 inches, oil on canvas
Julian Jackson, Crossing White, 2012, 54 x 54 inches, oil on canvas
Julian Jackson, Crossing Air, 2012, 36 x 36 inches, oil on canvas