STUDIO OF LIGHT
BILL JACKSON PHOTOGRAPHER
TROIKA EDITIONS LONDON
BIll Jackson studio work from 'The Cabinet of Curiosities' is represented by Troika Editions in London. The work can be seen at Troika Editions
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WHAT HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT BILL JACKSON'S WORK WITH TROIKA
To call Bill Jackson the L'Enfant Terrible of photography and in doing so to compare him to Jean-Arthur R, would be to make the slightest of exaggerations regarding age. However, it would arguably be entirely apposite in terms of content. For both display a sharply acute ability to slip inside of well established archetypes and forms only to almost by necessity rip those very archetypes and forms apart by doing so.
The glorious achievement of Rimbaud lay in his ability to construct poems that proffered formalistic perfection and seriousness with a very tongue in cheek attitude to content at the same time. The content poked fun at the structure, with serious implications. To thumb his front teeth at the mundanity of orthodox structures from inside its own structures; this was the foundation of the simultaneous intellectual brilliance and absurdity of the Voyelles.
And Jackson does likewise and as wittingly, in his current exhibition, Cabinet of Curiosities at Troika Editions on Farringdon Road. The series, Head, could at first glance be seen as photo-realist painting, with its careful attention to minute detail against a background of looser brushstrokes. But the nod toward De Chirico and other surrealists in the form of the actual mannequin heads and other odd elements is inspired in making the history of painting over the last 60 years eat itself in one image. For all his claims to be questioning photography (see his artist statement) I wonder if he isn't also questioning painting, too? And, if so, all the better and all the more deeply probing for it.
But he achieves all of this without strongly proselytising. He does so without bludgeoning the point itself to the point of solipsism. He does so while keeping his sense of humour and irreverence importantly intact. It is only the true artist who can both laugh at art while engaging with it meaningfully, and Bill Jackson manages to balance his walk down that narrow path.
The Best Of British
Using a similar model, Bridget Coaker set up Troika Editions in the UK last April, securing nearly 40 artists in her roster so far, among them,
a few names who've appeared in BJP in recent months, including Iveta Vaivode, Noemie Goudal and Victoria Jenkins. The work of Bill Jackson,
an early pioneer in digital, is proving popular.
BJP Magazine January 2011
The £1000 Photo Collection
Photography as art on your wall is going through a boom. We gave our Art Director, Graham Black, a challenge : start a collection for £1000. Jasper Rees tagged along
But then his eye is caught by masking of a less theatrical kind : a series of figures in industrial protective aprons shot at the Potterton Factory
in Warwickshire, Bill Jackson's homage to a b-movie sci-fi are shot in black and white, then hand painted to impart a russetty textural warmth at odds with the
industrial subject. 'Normally when you see portraits of workers, it's gritty reportage. But these are all about the uniforms. They look weirdly contemporary,
but of another time.'
On its own would be meaningless so Graham plumps for all three.
Intelligent Life magazine WInter 2010/2011
Affordable Photography at Troika Editions
"The artists whose work is chosen to be sold as limited edition prints by Troika are carefully selected by a curator because of their current success and future potential.
The website states that 'Troika Editions showcases exciting and beautiful work by photographers with a pedigree. These are the next photo stars; they have won awards, published books
and had exhibitions. We believe they are artists to watch in the future'. So far things look good for Troika editions with the current offerings appearing to be highly desirable and
top quality. I'm a particular fan of the slightly eerie but very intriguing work 'Sand Blaster' by Bill Jackson who just won the silver award in the Royal Photographic
Society 152nd International Print Exhibition. Jackson has a very extensive cv that includes lots of solo and group exhibitions as well as an impressive list of rewards which suggests that he is definitely an artist worth investing in."
courtesy of artmarketblog.com
and Nicholas Forrest