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Jesse Colin Jackson, Marching Cubes, 2016, fused-deposition polylactic acid, neodymium magnets, commercial shelving units.

Marching Cubes


November 17, 2016 – January 14, 2017

Opening reception: Thursday, November 17, 6 – 8pm


Pari Nadimi Gallery is pleased to present Marching Cubes, a solo exhibition by California-based Canadian artist Jesse Colin Jackson. Marching Cubes leverages 3D printing to make the virtual world physical.


Drawing inspiration from an eponymous computer algorithm, Marching Cubes is part sculpture, part playground. In the 1980s, researchers devised a method of generating mesh graphics from medical scan data that featured an underlying grammar of faceted cubes. Jackson has taken this digital syntax and refined it into a language for assembly, produced as a family of 3D printed components with interlocking geometries and magnetic connections—and invited people to help build with them. The participants enact the algorithm in the real world, becoming a collective computer in service of sculptural form-making.


Marching Cubes at Pari Nadimi Gallery depicts the results of these interactive experiments, as the conclusion of a two-part series of events that began at the Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL) in Irvine, California. The two-channel video on view portrays the collaborative construction performances that took place at the xMPL. The accompanying sculpture is a refinement of the most successful assembly participants helped to create there, presented alongside an inventory of the components from which it was created. Marching Cubes generates dialogue about the ways in which information technologies create the building blocks of contemporary culture.


Jesse Colin Jackson’s practice focuses on object- and image-making as alternative modes of architectural production. He manipulates the forms and ideas found in virtual and built environments through the expressive opportunities provided by digital visualization and fabrication technologies. His work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions, including Radiant City (Pari Nadimi Gallery, 2014), Automatic/Revisited (Latitude 44, 2013), and Usonia Road (Larry Wayne Richards Gallery, 2009. Jackson has received project funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Centre for Innovation in Information Visualization and Data Driven Design, the Digital Media Research and Innovation Institute, and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. He was a 2014-2015 Hellman Fellow at the University of California, a 2008-2010 Howarth-Wright Fellow at the University of Toronto, and is the head of Electronic Art and Design in the Department of Art at the University of California, Irvine. Jackson’s first solo exhibition at Pari Nadimi Gallery, Radiant City, received a full-page review in The Globe and Mail.


Marching Cubes is made possible by the University of California, Irvine, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Hellman Foundation.

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