For its inaugural presentation at the Dallas Art Fair the Jason Jacques Gallery will present a curated selection of contemporary ceramic art juxtaposed with rare black-and-white photographs from NASA’s famous lunar orbiter missions in the 1960s.
The several dozen NASA prints originate from negatives that captured the first images of the Moon in 1966 and 1967. Using a technologically advanced imaging system, the lunar orbiter missions succeeded in mapping 99 percent of the Moon. Though an inherently scientific mission, the Lunar Orbiter program resulted in a series of beautiful, haunting images of the glowing orb hanging in the night’s sky. The varying shades of black and white and spectacular views of the lunar surface create silent images of tremendous beauty that magnificently show the Moon’s relief and craters. Upon their release, the photographs captivated audiences who for the first time saw detailed photographs of the Moon from space.
Joining the NASA prints are the fantastical ceramic moon vessels of Morten Løbner Espersen. “We’re showing the NASA photos as a pairing with Espersen’s moon vessels,” says Jason Jacques. “Our massive collection of these rare original gelatin silver prints and the moment is ripe with the current renewed excitement surrounding space travel. The photos are incredibly beautiful and significant.”
Further enhancing the sensory experience of the stand are the figurative sculptures from Kim Simonsson’s space-age Moss People series, as well as an ambitious trompe l’oeil tree by Eric Serritella, and Katsuyo Aoki’s baroque-inspired porcelain skulls. Her most recent masterpiece Trolldom Lucifer (2016-2017), a 7-feet tall wall cartouche made of porcelain, will be shown alongside engaging stag benches designed by Rick Owens. Jason Jacques Gallery will be located at booth F14A. For more information about the fair, please visit the Dallas Art Fair website.