Kavi Gupta

Jo Jackson

30 Jun - 12 Aug 2006

Victory Over the Sun

EXHIBITION DATES: June 30 - August 12, 2006

Kavi Gupta Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Chicago of artist Jo Jackson.

Jo Jackson is well known for her paintings, animations and sculptures dominated by recurring provocative images which have included bleeding skulls, silhouettes of the United States, nuclear explosions, animals, and couples copulating. Her distinct use of over saturated hues of pink, turquoise and purple heighten her loaded repetitive symbology. Jackson’s often serious and dark subject matter, which traverses the political, personal and social plain, becomes easily digested with a saccharine palette.

Jo Jackson’s latest body of work titled Victory Over the Sun, includes a new collection of imagery infiltrating her paintings as well as a 16mm film. Representations of Yves Klein’s “living brushes” and the tragedy linked to this work concerning Klein’s early death mingle with repetitive imagery of old skeleton keys, pocket watches, and scattered playing cards addressing the unknown factors of chance and mystery. Dying glaciers also appear as a dark metaphor of a powerful yet fragile mass that is slowly melting away. All of Jackson’s personal mythic imagery is still portrayed in her signature hyper-saturated pastels though now the works are on a black ground leading one to think that perhaps Jackson’s story is a bit more urgent this time around.

Jo Jackson (b. 1972) lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She has recently exhibited in Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture at the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco and the Orange County Museum of Art. Jo Jackson has also exhibited at Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco; Roberts and Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles; The Luggage Store, San Francisco; and New Image Art, Los Angeles. She will also be included in the Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum.


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