"The War Room" (2007) by Richard Jackson, installation (detail)
From the press release of his first exhibition at Yvon Lambert New York (February 24, 2007 – March 22, 2007):
"An admitted art anarchist, for over forty years California installation artist Richard Jackson has been exploring and challenging the conceptual and physical boundaries of painting and the artist – and making a mess of galleries and museums in the process. Assaulting viewers with humor and vulgarity that belies the underlying rhetoric and intellectual rigor of the work, Jackson’s work belongs to – and perhaps even defines – the distinct tradition of art about art. Straddling the line between performance and installation, Jackson’s preposterous painting machines are relics of a brief performance action, meditating on the labor itself of making art as well as on art’s continuing ability to reflect contemporary society."