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Jack Walls (painting)

 

 Painter and poet Jack Walls is considered an ‘inside outsider’ when it comes to his own art making. Working across all mediums including drawing, photo collage, poetry and painting, each work is discoveredvia Mr. Walls’ personal patterns and discipline. Successful themes are repeated and refashioned as he navigates from one series to the next. The overall effect culminates into a narrative that is at once cohesive while punctuating his personal style.

 

 

HEADS”, a color series of cubist heads inspired by a collection of African carvings debuted at Glenn Horowitz Gallery in New York City in 2015 and later at the Basilica in Hudson, NY. With approximately 75 paintings in the series, Mr. Walls has moved on, but the core theme lives on. A new series, “NEGATIVES”, is a reductive revision of these inspired heads. Surfaces are stitched together from bits and pieces of canvas before gessoed and painted in black and white. The heads themselves have become more abstracted and gestural in nature, retaining primitive characteristics such as crooked lips and off-centered eyes.



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Negatives Series - Large Unstitched

Negative Series - Medium Stitched


Achilles, 2016

Claude, 2016

Cochise, 2016

Codaro, 2016

Cyril

Ezell, 2016

Gemini

Lopez, 2016

Mercury, 2016

Raphael

Romulus, 2016

Tolstoy, 2016

Negative Series - Small Stitched Canvas


Abadoo, 2016

Gilberto, 2016
Sold

Little Cicero, 2016

Modern Aztec, 2016
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Nehemiah , 2016

Ogden, 2016

Ovid, 2016

Rex, 2016

Sleepless Night, 2016

Tepaltepec, 2016

Ulysses, 2015

Heads


Le Roi, 2015

Louis Armstrong, 2015

Mozambique, 2015
Sold

Ramundo, 2015

ADA Collages

 ADA is the title of a photograph Robert Mapplethorpe took of one of Jack Walls' friends. It is a striking portrait; beautiful, mysterious and unyielding.

Jack Walls remakes this single Mapplethorpe photograph into ninety-three ADA variations. Each collage is a beautiful composition on its own, but in the aggregate the collages have power as a meditation on how we look. The pieces are about altering perception using an existing artwork as a starting point.

These collages don't work through jarring juxtaposition but through repetition and variation. The same beige-colored newsprint peeking through, the same image, the same size. But in each one the photograph is reworked, reshaped, remade. The effect is complicated. The repetition makes you study the image more closely: a body part isolated or repeated, a curve doubled or tripled. The body is reordered. The shapes are precision cut, emphasizing the beauty of the classic composition in the original. In some the shapes are little circles, like peepholes you can glimpse ADA through. In others it looks as though Walls has splintered the photograph into fragments. There is a symmetry and pattern in the splintering, almost a kaleidoscopic view. Other times the thin slices make the image look watery or  blurry. There is real wit in the creative variations.

These collages celebrate but also appropriate the original work; they make you look hard at the original photograph and also make it disappear. It becomes nearly unrecognizable in some of the collages-the cuts and shapes are what you start to notice, not the photograph itself. 

Walls' ADAs works in both ways: to enlarge, examine and reanimate the Mapplethorpe photograph and to use it as one element in wholly new art. The fascinating and complicated use of the image is magnified by Walls' intimacy with Mapplethorpe. In these works Walls acknowledges it, celebrates it and moves onto his own artistic space from it.

-Dana Spiotta



Ada 11, 2007

Ada 12, 2007

Ada 16, 2007

Ada 37, 2007

Ada 48, 2007

Ada 7, 2007

Ada B, 2007

Ada K, 2007

Ada N, 2007

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 Chicago-born artist Jack Walls as been a vital part of the New York art world for over 30 years. While his visual artwork primarily focuses on painting and collage, Mr. Walls is a writer, poet and performer. In his early years in New York, he met and lived as a couple with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. This relationship lasted until Mapplethorpe’s untimely death in 1989. Since then, Walls has become a source of inspiration for a new generation of young artists. Ryan McGinley, Dan Colen, and the late Dash Snow, to mention a few, have acknowledged Walls’ influence. Jack Walls lives and works in Hudson, New York.

 


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