Three of Jackson’s art curators have decided to officially join forces by starting their own art collective.
Camille Obering, Matthew Day Jackson and Andy Kincaid, who for the past year have worked together as the Center for the Arts’ 2017 Creatives in Residence, call their collective Peradam Capital.
Obering runs Camille Obering Fine Art, a curatorial, dealership and art advisory firm. She is a longtime resident of the valley and has worked on projects both locally and nationally.
Jackson is a previously New York City-based artist who shows all over the world. His mixed-media works tend to combine beauty and horror.
Kincaid runs the Holiday Forever Gallery and is also an artist.
Now, the three are one as Peradam Capital. The name, which sounds like a Wall Street hedge fund, is a joke on the idea of value.
“We chose that name almost like an investment company,” Jackson said, “that it’s a play on the word.
“It’s the idea of value in art and the thing that’s valuable is really the thing that’s invisible oftentimes,” he said.
The word peradam also fits into that. It comes from the French novel “Mount Analogue,” by Rene Daumal.
The novel is part mountain climbing adventure, part deep philosophy. Peradam is a stone that exists on the novel’s titular mountain but is often invisible to the naked eye.
“The idea is it’s a mythical stone invisible to most who seek it, and makes itself visible not only to those who seek it but those who are actually capable of understanding its value,” Jackson said.
For the trio, value comes from art, not from the monetary worth of the valley.
“There’s this idea of value in relationship to the place, which for a lot of people in real estate or investment property is that,” Jackson said. “But really the value of this place transcends those rudimentary basic notions of value.”
The motto for the group is “ex nihilo aliquid” or “from nothing, something.”
“It sounds like great investment language,” Kincaid said.
“We have no space, we have no anything,” Jackson half-joked.
But the three will create here, as they have done in the past. They have worked together before on the project “Rural Violence III,” which they helped curate with Brandon Stosuy. They have spent the past year working with the Center for the Arts on “Observatories,” a massive exhibit on the Center lawn. That yearlong project included a winter edition, “An Evening of Ski and Art Films.”
“I think when it comes to making art from the dark recesses of our imagination where images and form begin to take shape, it’s that self-generated light that illuminates darkness,” Jackson said then about the event, which, like the summer exhibit, dealt with the eclipse.
When doing “Observatories,” Obering noticed how few options there are to exhibit new, experimental art. With one of the pieces, the group brought in a mini-gallery to showcase several pieces by the same artist as part of the larger exhibit.
“How do we resolve that issue?” Obering said, noting the group had to literally “bring in a gallery to be able to show art at the Center for the Arts.”
Right now, the group has nothing planned, but Jackson said to expect more art like what was shown at “Observatories.”
“We just decided we’d become Peradam Capital, and the thing we’re dedicated to is bringing artists and art to Jackson Hole.” ￼