Group Exhibit

January 24 - March 1, 2020

OPENING RECEPTION: January 24, 2020 6-10PM

The Jackson Junge Gallery presents, CUFFING, it’s first group exhibition of 2020. The exhibition features artworks by sixteen artists around the United States.

With the Holidays and New Year in the rear view mirror, we find ourselves in the midst of Cuffing Season! CUFFING, Jackson Junge Gallery’s first group exhibition of 2020, pays homage to this cultural phenomenon. The seemingly millennial occurrence fools no one... since the dawn of time, couples have turned to each other for warmth, comfort and seasonal fun when the days grow darker and colder. Urban Dictionary defines “cuffing” as the moment when “people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves, along with the rest of the world, desiring to be tied down by a serious relationship.” CUFFING explores these desires and exposes the intimacy and inevitable end to this “thirsty” time of year.

Diving right in to the heat of “cuffing season,” K Smith’s photograph, “On the Kitchen Table,” features a woman on a table in easy access to her partner. Smith shares her story, “He lived in a three-room apartment.  It had two windows. It felt like a cave. It was in the back of a welding shop that was closed on the weekend.  We could scream in orgasm freely.  We did. When we met he asked, ‘Shall we winter together?’” Exhibiting an akin feeling, Anitra Frazier’s painting, “Fire We Make,” portrays two people creating their own heat during cuffing season.  This feeling is expressed through her hot color choices and expressionist painting style. The implication of “cuffing season” encourages exploring each other’s bodies on a more intimate level. “Netflix and Chill” was born in the chill of the winter while couples binge the new Netflix series and each other. Darrin Patton says, “What is cuffing without stimulating touch and adulation of the naked body?” Through collage and painted imagery, Patton’s piece explores the desires and need for sexual exploration during this time of year. David Decesaris’ paintings, “are all about desire, lust, passion and love. I think they also share the feeling of warmth felt, on a cold day.” Decesaris’ paintings perfectly explore the intimacy and lust that surrounds cuffing a new partner. This is achieved by creating a sense of awkward desire… Of course, the easiest “cuffing” partner is an ex, but often this new and temporary partner was met at Halloween or shortly thereafter when the season begins to change. Thus, creating a sense enthusiastic exploration while remaining cozy.

Kurt Kreissl’s painting, NO. 748, “Depicts losing one's self completely in the moment; fully surrendering and dissolving into the intensity and passion. I reflect senses from the whole world of change and refract them into our own- light becoming breath; response becoming sensuality; lust becoming intimacy; physicality becoming spiritual ecstasy.” This description fits this piece to a tee. Wrapped in their own world of desire the bodies portrayed in this mixed media piece dreamily depict the feeling of desire and ecstasy. Cuffing season encourages exploration, which Samuel Schwindt’s piece “FRESNEL PLEASURES” draws upon through the use of compelling material combinations. The work “explores the lens’ ability to be a stand in for the body. The yellow lenses make it bodily and queer, with the harness implying a kinky sense of pleasure.” One seems to never be cold during “cuffing season” due to the constant skin to skin contact; the tactile nature of Juan Arango Palacios’s tapestry, “Embrace” evokes the sensation of being wrapped and weighted down with your partner. Palacio explains, “Woven on a floor-loom, this tapestry depicts two contemporary queer lovers in a moment of intimacy. The tapestry is made by joining together two separate weavings. The two weavings being stitched together resemble the two bodies coming together. Their hands grasp one another right at the seam of the two weavings. A gentle kiss is the only thing separating these figures. This piece utilizes clothing and material that is common among today's queer community's club scene-- cheetah print, neon colors, and shiny metallic clothing. This is a community that actively partakes in and celebrates the phenomenon of 'cuffing season.'”

Inevitably there is at least the one lusty partner that doesn’t realize they have been caught in the ever complicated web of Cuffing Season… Annually humans have entered into the season and are duped into thinking that their over attentive partner has the intention of continuing their intimate affair longer than the winter months. Christina Ivelisse Morris created a piece that expresses this emotion flawlessly. The acrylic and neon flip phone she created, “speaks on loneliness, heartbreak, and disappointment - with an emphasis on nostalgia and looking back to the past. These are feelings that can either lead up to, or subsequently become the result of cuffing. We can't ignore the emotional aspect of sharing our vulnerabilities with other human beings.”

CUFFING is a collection of eighteen artworks featuring painting, photography and sculpture by sixteen American artists. Exhibiting the multi-faceted visual and conceptual interpretations of issues around the cuffing season. 


CUFFING runs January 24 – March 1, 2020 and is curated by Gallery Director Chris Jackson, Assistant Gallery Director Kaitlyn Miller.

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