Jackson O’Brasky: Five Element Theory at AB NY

Jackson O'Brasky Seven Souls AB NY Gallery

Jackson O’Brasky: Five Element Theory

June 1–July 2, 2023

Gallery Opening: Thursday, June 1, 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Artist Reception: Saturday, June 10, 4:00pm to 8:00pm

62 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937

EAST HAMPTON, NY, May 23, 2023 – AB NY Gallery in East Hampton, NY, is opening the summer season on Thursday, June 1, from 12:00pm to 6:00pm with a solo exhibition by artist Jackson O’Brasky entitled "Five Element Theory." The artist reception will be held on Saturday, June 10, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.

Jackson O’Brasky (b. 1992 Pittsburgh, PA) began oil painting at the age of 15. After receiving a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, he moved to New York City, where he currently lives and works. O'Brasky obtained his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2019. He is an avid cyclist, hiker, fortune-teller, and cat owner, and he maintains a daily meditation practice. Drawing inspiration from the traditions of Morandi and de Chirico, O’Brasky primarily works in still life, depicting found objects, scraps, and ephemera.

The artist's process creates cerebral oil on canvas still lifes, enchanting viewers as he examines found objects and reimagines them as abstractions. Jackson's ability to plan and execute his work showcases his deep dedication to unveiling each sublime story he discovers in the everyday.

O’Brasky explains, “I think it is incumbent upon artists to tell the truth, or to try to reveal something insightful. My work explores the truth of our environment, or of reality in a more general sense, through an interrogation of the objects that populate that environment. Our ability to gather and utilize information, the basis of reality, is increasingly mediated not only by digital interfaces, but by a vast ecology of semi-autonomous objects and activities. When they have reached the limits of their usefulness to us, our objects are discarded and left to decay– but often it is in this process of disintegration that their true nature is revealed. Their components break down over different material schedules, and their inner tensions break in unique patterns equally dependent on time and pressure. Removed from the context of usefulness or even of uselessness and situated within the space of painting, the object establishes its own demands upon composition, hierarchy, and color. I attempt to establish a visual grammar based on these relationships, without narrative or symbolism, to allow the object to define itself in its particular moment, to reveal its truth to us. The object becomes an animistic fetish, the seat of a soul, and the vehicle for a spectacular and sublime form of communication.”


This installation will be on view at AB NY Gallery in East Hampton Village through July 2, 2023.

For more information or private viewing contact AB NY Gallery Director, Sarah Scribner sarah@abnygallery.com or +1 860 559 2131

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