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Marooned in Blue | New Work by Ariel René Jackson

Host: Ivester Contemporary

When: May 21st, 2022

Ivester Contemporary is proud to present Marooned in Blue, a solo exhibition of new work by Austin-based artist Ariel René Jackson. This project space exhibition will feature a video and mixed media work that mine issues of identity and inheritance by considering the nature of what is passed down from previous generations and exploring the stories embedded in the places we call home. Jackson raises questions about the role that land can play in holding traces of a community’s past suffering–which continue to haunt the present, buried but not forgotten–possibly excavated to constitute alternative archives. The intimacy of the work, however, also hints at a glimpse of hope: that perhaps through an acknowledgement and interrogation of this distressing past lies a form of consolation, a possible release from the paralysis of perpetual pain.

Ariel René Jackson (b. 1991) is a Black anti-disciplinary artist (a term coined by Kearra Amaya Gopee) whose practice considers land and landscape as sites of internal representation. Themes of transformation are embedded in their interest and application of repurposed imagery and objects, video, sound and performance. Jackson’s work is heavily influenced by their Afro-Creole Louisiana heritage and Black American cultural language. Jackson is an alum of University of Texas at Austin (’19), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (’19), Royal College of Art Exchange Program (’18), and The Cooper Union (’13). Their work has been shown in the United States at various galleries and institutions such as Artpace: San Antonio (’22); Women & Their Work, Texas (’22); Big Medium, Texas(’21); Dallas Contemporary (’21); Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle (’21); Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans (’18); Depaul Art Museum, Chicago (’18); Rhode Island School of Design Museum (’17); and Studio Museum in Harlem (’16).

(Words by Kendyll Gross, Curator & Education and Visitor Services Coordinator, Art Galleries at Black Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and Amin Alsaden, Curator & Educator, Digital Arts Resource Centre, Ottawa, CN)

ArtsResponders: Social Practice Responds to COVID-19

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, Self guided Art Exhibition Map here

When: Ongoing

Spring is coming and many of us are looking for fun, safe, and socially distant activities to do with our friends and family. Well, look no further! As part of a socially engaged project, ArtsResponders artists Caroline Walker and Sarah Wilson have installed public artworks at several outdoor locations across Austin. Hop in the car and spend the afternoon finding artworks created with love and honor.

Sarah Wilson and Caroline Walker were selected by the Dougherty Arts Center to participate in ArtsResponders: Social Practice Responds to COVID-19, a program established by the Austin Parks & Recreations Department, Museums & Cultural Programs Division. Sarah Wilson created Essentials, a large scale portrait series wheat pasted on buildings across Austin celebrating womxn in essential service. Caroline Walker has created Collective Voices using the numerous submissions from Austinites highlighting the people and routines that have helped get them through this last year. You can learn more about the program and their artwork here.

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