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   Mark Jackson Jarvis

Techno 368, 2004, Glass tesserae, lime stone, marble and quartz

 

Techno 368

Completion Date:

2004

Medium:

Glass tesserae, lime stone, marble, quartz

Dimensions:

16' x 50'

Location:

MSHS 368x

Address:

2975 Tibbett Avenue

Architect:

STV Incorporated

Sponsor Agency:

Board of Education

Design Agency:

School Construction Authority

 

Techno 368 incorporates the different possibilities inherent in the new millennium with the presence of diversity and wealth of cultural influences apparent in contemporary life. Indomitable elements of identity and culture that survive, strengthen and compel humanity forward are driving forces present through this mosaic mural. Jackson-Jarvis used history as a reservoir to distill the most expressive and meaningful symbols linking cultures together. These signs and symbols made visible in Techno 368 have the power to resonate in the hearts and minds of generations to come. Techno 368 challenges our notion of technology and links contemporary technology to the wellspring of human ingenuity that dates back to human origins. This work charts a course of change and survival toward the future, from prehistoric flint lance heads, stone mace wheels, to a polished marble female deity dated 2700 BC. A symbolic writing tool and rainbow colored compact disk bridges the expanse of time and inserts the technology of our children into the schematics of the future.

About the Artist...
Martha Jackson-Jarvis, a Washington, D.C. based sculptor, received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art in 1975 and her MFA from Antioch University in Ceramic Sculpture in 1981. Jackson-Jarvis has exhibited widely in the United States including a solo exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1996, a solo exhibition at Addison-Ripley Fine Arts, and a solo exhibition at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. She has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including The National Endowment for the Arts Grant award in Sculpture in 1986, The Penny McCall Foundation Grant in 1988, Arts International Lila Wallace- Readers Digest Travel Grant to Italy in 1992 and The Virginia Groot Foundation Grant in 1992. In 1994, Jackson-Jarvis received a study Grant to Pilchuck Glass School and has received the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Individual Artist Grant in 1978, 1980, and 1986. Martha Jackson-Jarvis is the recipient of the 2000 Creative Capital Grant. Jackson-Jarvis has been commissioned by various corporate and public agencies including the Merck Company, Sallie Mae, KPMG Peat Marwick, Lenkin Company, Howery and Simon Law Firm, Artery Organization, Philip Morris Corporation, Arco Chemical Company, New York Transit Authority and LaGuardia Community College.