Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson, “Bad Dog”, 2013, Fiberglass, Orange County Museum of Art

Born in 1939, Richard Jackson has been a pre-eminent figure on the American art scene since the 70s and is influenced by both abstract expressionism and action painting. As part of his retrospective at the Orange County Museum of Art, Jackson had installed “Bad Dog”, a giant temporary sculpture of a black labrador “urinating” yellow paint onto the side of the museum.

The sculpture of the giant naughty pup leaving its golden mark on the building is made of 52 digitally cut pieces of fiber glass and composite materials that were assembled on-site. Once the structure was intact, Jackson entered the sizable sculpture with a bucket of yellow paint to be splattered on the wall. Now, the mechanized sculpture squirts a stream of yellow paint on its own. It is one of Jackson’s many “painting machines” that excretes pigments in an unusually creative fashion.

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