Alum Jackson in Solo Show
Alum Tom C. Jackson, BA 1972, has a solo show in Chicago in February. Child’s Play: New work on paper opens February 18 and runs through March 26, 2011. There will be an Artist’s Reception, Friday, February 18, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Packer Schopf Gallery, 942 West Lake St., Chicago, IL 60607. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am — 5:30 pm.
When one thinks about what appeals to Americans today in movies, politics, celebrities, food, etc., people seem to want to be attracted to – and repelled by images simultaneously. Jackson’s sometimes voyeuristic, split-narrative compositions reflect America’s channel-changing attention span and state of mind. These compositions combine two images into a single artwork. Jackson wants the viewer to look for connections between images, inciting a search of their own past to construct a narrative linking these images.
Child’s Play exists at the intersection of the naïve spontaneity of childhood and the deliberate control of adults. It is here that instinct meets experience. Jackson provokes thought and discussion of social issues in these collisions of viewpoints. Jackson has multiple images from the Child’s Play series as the sole illustration in the 2011 issue of OYEZ, a literary journal produced by Roosevelt University, Chicago.