Opening of Erick Jackson “Folks” and Dan Gray “Seeking Provision” this Friday at Civilian

Civilian Art Projects



Please join us for the opening of two concurrent solo exhibitions:

Erick Jackson: Folks

March 15, 2013 – April 20, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, March 15, 7-9pm

For his fourth solo exhibition at Civilian Art Projects, Erick Jackson presents a new body of vibrant, large-scale paintings fueled by dreams, memories and fantasies of an imagined, other world.

Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in the early 1990’s with a degree in illustration, Jackson’s primary visual art output has been painting and drawing. Like the narrative painters who are his contemporaries (the Leipzig School comes to mind), or those who have come before him, he is building up layers of paint: acrylic, gouache, Flashe, and other pigments. The work nods to realism, and to surrealism; but its signature is in the palette, the layers, and the mood, resulting in a unique style all his own.

According to the artist, his paintings depict “a world romanticized as one of tranquility, decay and destruction – parentless, ageless youths roam an endless playground in pursuit of a remedy to their youthful ennui. The locations are reccurring places that I visit in dreams. The scenes are set at dusk or night. To me, night represents the unknown, where the possibilities are endless. Things are out of focus, unclear; and everything is easier on your eyes.”

Dan Gray: Seeking ProvisionMarch 15, 2013 – April 20, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, March 15, 7-9pm

In his first solo exhibition with the gallery, Dan Gray presents sculptural installations that re-fashion found and commonly resourced objects such as fence posts, chairs, and stud-walls into complex, yet useful structures. Interested in simple and not-so-simple technologies and machineries, Gray investigates individual resourcefulness. His sculptures and installation utilize natural mechanics and simple machines to create art in a post-consumer world.

According to the artist, “Invention is an unreal action; there is only discovery, evolution, and adaptation in something that has been invented. It is the very fact that we know nothing until shown something that proves this notion. Preparedness and necessity are roots of almost everything we ‘invent.’ Resourcefulness has again become a necessity in this modern time of exhausted resources and abundant waste. The contemporary human certainly has needs, yet obtaining materials from natural sources is no longer necessary, ironically removing us from nature. Seeking Provision investigates the modern state as an opportunity to be primal while providing for needs in a complex social context.”


Civilian Art Projects is a gallery in Washington, DC representing emerging and established artists. Civilian supports artists working in a broad range of media including painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper, and other emerging forms. Founded by a curator and arts leader and supported by a growing network of collectors, artists, and patrons, Civilian brokers the connection between the public audience and the artist’s private practice through a challenging exhibition series, public talks, off site exhibitions, workshops, art fairs, and other unique events and opportunities. Civilian is located in the Mt. Vernon/Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
Civilian Art Projects
1019 7th Street NW, Second Floor
Washington DC 20001
(202) 607-3804

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