Apologue: (noun) A short moral story usually featuring symbolic fictional characters.
“An intellectual says a simple thing in a complicated way. An artist says a complicated thing in a simple way.”
– Charles Bukowski
People have always used the personification of animals as a method of communicating abstract ideas. For millennia, animals have adorned the walls of caves and homes, appeared in constellations, folk tales, religious allegories, literature, and in advertising.
With his ongoing series Apologue,
Dan Jackson introduces a cast of characters that extends an ancient system of communication to examine modern preoccupations such as elitism, tribalism, melioration and decay, love, gluttony, and deliverance.
Dan Jackson’s work examines photography’s role in, and its impact on art history. It challenges the viewer’s perception of truth and beauty, and blurs the lines between the authentic and the imagined.
His newest work champions the idea that photography doesn’t have to be bound by subject matter or narrative. It advocates for photography’s place among other art forms that explore abstraction and surrealism. Through the use of colour and shape, Jackson seeks to emphasize expression, disentangling the photographic process from documentation and reality.
Dan Jackson was born and currently resides in Vancouver, Canada, where he graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 1995. His work hangs in homes, offices, public spaces, and galleries across Canada as well as in Beijing, Shanghai, New York, and San Francisco.