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2015: 50 Works for 50 Years

Robert Jackson

Cube (What is Art About?)

Robert Jackson (b. 1964) is a contemporary still life painter who lives and works in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. A selection of his trompe l’oeil (trick of the eye) paintings were exhibited at the South Dakota Art Museum in 2014. The artist subsequently gifted this painting to the permanent collection.

Regarding Cube (What is Art About?), Jackson explained:

I remember with amazement, drawing that first cube as a child and being blown away how a two-dimensional image could trick my mind into seeing three-dimensions. Not only that, but with a little focus and concentration, the orientation could actually switch and the back plane could now become the front!

Like many kids, I drew this hundreds and hundreds of times: in school notebooks, on homework, on my desk, etc. To revisit this theme as an adult, one encounters the joy of that visual experience and isn’t that what art is all about? By creating a new image out of a wall of crates and masking tape, I bring a childhood illusion together with my adult trompe l’oeil illusion.

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