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)