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Jackson Martin - Collapse

Jackson Martin
Left: Suit of Armor, quilted moving blankets, cardboard and thread, 64” x 24” x 20”
Center: Until Death Do Us Part, burlap, tarp, grommets, metal, wood, and thread, 40” x 72”
Right: Bounce Back, repurposed trampoline materials and thread, 44” x 80”
December 9, 2014 - March 1, 2015
Art Case, A/B Meeter-Greeter Lounge
Jackson Martin was born and raised on The Farm, a hippie commune in rural Tennessee. At age eight, he moved with his family to Nashville, Tenn., and graduated from Hume Fogg Academic High School in 1997. He attended Austin Peay State University and completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Middle Tennessee State University in 2004. Martin received a Master of Fine Arts in 2007 from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art and soon thereafter became a father. Martin and his family live in Asheville, N.C., where he is an Assistant Professor of Art/Sculpture at the University of North Carolina.
Artist’s Statement: Collapse
“In 2009, I began Collapse, an art project involving my own three-piece wedding suit. After completely unstitching the original suit, I used the resulting pieces as templates to create meticulous replicas made from alternate media. This media has ranged from natural burlap to recycled trampoline fabric.”
“I am also interested in the way in which these nontraditional materials portray such a recognized tradition. I am particularly concerned with raising questions of male identity politics and collapsing the distinction between traditional American male and traditional American female roles. The photographic situations I compose serve to augment the suits, as well as to further subvert these conventions.”
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