Forever My Lady
The works in Forever My Lady trace these histories through strategic use of material, including ephemera from recent contested elections in the US and recent ballot materials from Greece. Jackson also crosshatches images from a wide array of sources, including portraits of investigative journalist Gary Webb, whose reporting exposed the CIA’s role in the crack cocaine trade; the damning photographs that implicated US Presidents Reagan and Bush Sr. in this activity; and photos from her own family archives. Mounted on wedge-like frames that protrude at right angles from the wall, the works become sculptural, taking on the appearance of the low-profile awnings that characterize the Athenian cityscape and suggesting metropolitan space as it defines our notions of society and community.
Though the works offer analysis at a sociological scale, they are also intimately defined by the artist’s personal experiences, born out of her own recent residency in Athens as well as her Los Angeles upbringing. Indeed, projected throughout the exhibition are original music videos set to R&B songs, chosen to reflect Jackson’s own history and as well as the possibility of music as another avenue to collective memory. In tandem with the rest of the exhibition, the works explore the possibility of personal fulfillment within a ruthless structure.
Masterful formal compositions in their own right, Jackson's works immediately attract the viewer with exuberant color, bold geometries, and intricate layerings of material, affirming the vitality of visual art. Her evocative materials and optical illusions provoke immediate responses but call for closer attention and consideration, revealing the social crises and personal histories present in all visual experience. Though spirited, the works are mournful testaments to the urgency of what is happening before our eyes.