Richard Jackson flies a plane into a painting

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“Accidents in Abstract Painting” was quite an event. On January 22, 2012 Richard Jackson flew and crashed a large paint-filled, radio-controlled, military model plane into a nineteen-foot painting. On view at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA is an installation and documentation of the debris from the plane crash.

Also on view is The War Room (2006-07) a large scale installation with ducks dressed as generals and showing the absurdity of combat during the war in Iraq and the George W. Bush regime.

Richard Jackson: Accidents in Abstract Painting

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Here’s a longer video of the plane crash:

Wikipedia: Richard Jackson is an American contemporary artist born in 1939 in Sacramento. He now lives in Los Angeles, California.

He studied Art and Engineering at Sacramento State College from 1959–1961 and taught Sculpture and New Forms at UCLA Los Angeles 1989 – 1994.

Since the 1970s Jackson has developed in his work an interrogation of painting that combines conceptual procedures, humour and extreme disorder. He expands the activity of painting, abandons its traditional instruments for machines, vehicles and everyday objects. For this reason he has been referred to as a neo-dadaist.

Jackson has brought the material dimensions of painting to extremes. “Big Ideas” from 1981 consisted of hundreds of painted canvases stacked into a sphere of 5 meters in diameter. His exhibition, The Maid’s Room / The Dining Room (2007) is a tribute to Marcel Duchamp’s last major work: Etant donnés.

In 1999 he exhibited at the 48th Venice Biennale.

Jackson’s recent solo exhibitions include,’The Little Girl’s Room’, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles CA, (2011) and ‘Accidents in Abstract Painting’, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena CA, (2012). The latter saw Jackson fly and crash a radio-controlled, model military plane with a fifteen-foot wingspan, filled with paint, into a twenty-foot wall that read “accidents in abstract painting.” The spectacle, was free and open to the public, it took place at Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco.