May 21, 2019 - Serlachius Museums - Matthew Day Jackson: Maa
May 21, 2019

Serlachius Museums

Matthew Day Jackson, Odalisque, 2015. Bronze, IPE wood, stainless steel, mother of pearl, wax. Photo: Gert-Jan van Rooij. Courtesy the artist and GRIMM Amsterdam | New York.

Matthew Day Jackson
May 18–September 29, 2019

Guided tour I: July 5, 5–6pm, with an introduction to role-playing game
Guided tour II: July 19, 5–6pm, with an introduction to role-playing game

Serlachius Museums
Joenniementie 47
FI-35800 Mänttä
Hours: Monday–Sunday 10am–6pm

T +358 3 4886800
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Maa, a new exhibition by Matthew Day Jackson at the Serlachius Museum Gösta in Mänttä, imagines a post-apocalyptic world thousand years in the future, made uninhabitable by humankind. What has become of life on Earth’s surface without human influence, and how has the world recovered from the destruction? And what of the human survivors who have become subterranean refugees, and the scouts that are sent to explore the devastated surface and assess its healing process? What does it feel like the first time you see the Moon and stars that are only known through myth and storytelling?

Maa is comprised of two complementary parts that interweave archaeology, evolution theory, occult ritual, Gothic cathedrals, colour theories, horror and sci-fi literature, and the history of the conquest of space. The first component is an installation of figurative sculpture made at human scale, created over the past ten years. These works exemplify Jackson’s return to the human form as a wry testament to anthropocentric self-regard. The sculptures are mapped within the exhibition space on the Golden Section, the calculation studied in Ancient Greece to the present day, and a recurring schema in Jackson’s work.

The sculptures are unique works but, grouped together, the figures speak to each other and the other component of the exhibition, the role-playing game Maa. The post-apocalyptic landscape of the game and engagement with its world is another possible access point for engagement with the sculptures. Maa may be played within the exhibition space in the company of the figurative sculpture, or in the location of one’s choosing, in a group or as a solo experience. The Maa game box replaces the traditional exhibition catalogue. 

Matthew Day Jackson is an artist of the information age. He is insatiably curious and interested in the interconnectivity of ideas, places, people and objects, and making skilful use of the hits that search-engine algorithms offer him. His works, whose conceptual offshoots are multi-directional, are reminiscent of complex maths equations or the forking paths in Jorge Luis Borges’ imaginary gardens. They are intellectual stages on which history and age-old myths view their own mirror-images in the distant future.

The exhibition Maa is curated by Timo Valjakka with exhibition design by Tarja Väätänen. The role-playing game Maa is designed by Matthew Day Jackson together with Tom Morton (Contributing Editor, Frieze magazine) and Juhana Pettersson (Vampire the Masquerade, 5th Edition). The exhibition has been co-produced with Hauser & Wirth Gallery.

Further information: 
Timo Valjakka, Curator, timo.valjakka [​at​], T +358 (0)40 548 4450

Image requests: 
Susanna Yläjärvi, Information Officer of Serlachius Museums, susanna.ylajarvi [​at​], T +358 (0)50 560 015

The Serlachius Museums are open:
in the winter season September 1–May 31, from Tuesday to Sunday 11am-6pm
in the summer season June 1–August 31, every day 10am–6pm

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