Paint in the Butt: Richard Jackson’s Defecating Artwork at Hauser & Wirth

Irreverent Los Angeles-based artist Richard Jackson is set to open an exhibition of new paintings at Hauser Wirth in London this Friday, May 23. Drawing heavily from abstract expressionism and action painting, Jackson has created dynamic sculptures around which paint is thrown or shot out loosely.

This morning, Jackson installed one of the pieces, “Pain-t” (2012), in front of a group of press. The painting depicted a row of sculptures of men bending over forwards with their trousers at their ankles, aiming their rears at the wall. Upon activation of Jackson’s device, paint squirted out of each of their rear ends, staining the wall.

Another installation, “Shower Room” (2013), is similarly grotesque but more sinister. Paint is smeared inside a shower room, giving it an uncanny resemblance to blood. Footprints leading out of the cubicle recall the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.”


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