Butch Jack Playing in the Sandbox Too

Essay by Pete Gershon

November 17, 2017 – January 7, 2018 John M. O'Quinn Gallery

In his site-specific installations, Meredith “Butch” Jack constructs structural and sculptural vignettes from common materials. Playing in the Sandbox Too highlights the alternate use of those daily materials towards the same concerns of his more commercial works: small mysteries; personal loss; physical tension, imbalance, or peril; and mortality.

Artist Bio

Meredith Jack was born in Kansas City, Kansas and grew up in the small, rural community of Tonganoxie, Kansas. His father was a construction contractor and the family business was involved with the construction and operation of grain storage facilities. He entered the University of Kansas in the fall of 1961 enrolled as a history major. After two years in the general education system, he entered into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in the Drawing and Painting Department. He graduated in 1967 with an emphasis in Printmaking. The next fall he enrolled as a graduate student at Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia, PA. and received the Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture in the spring of 1972. The next fall he accepted a teaching position at the University of Minnesota, Morris. In 1976 he relocated to Texas, settling in Houston after determining that neither Austin nor Dallas had the combination of art activity and intellectual climate that he was seeking. In 1977 he re-entered the teaching profession at Lamar University, where he is Emeritus Professor. He maintains his residence and studio in Houston.