M Jackson

February 7 - March 1, 2020

OPENING RECEPTION: February 7, 2020 6-9PM

The Jackson Junge Gallery presents IN THE HOUSE OF COLOR, its first solo exhibition of 2020. This exhibition features paintings on both panel and paper by M Jackson, created at her studio here in Chicago. 

M Jackson, also known as L Lee Junge, has been hailed as an ‘intoxicating' new talent on the American artistic front.

A fascination with movement typifies much of Jackson's artwork, which ranges dramatically from floral and inanimate renditions, to the worlds of musical expression or evocative, often jaded bar scenes.  No matter what the depiction, the fluidity of her work channels an energy that seems to defy the very nature of a one-dimensional canvas.  In this exhibition Jackson has altered her “In the House of” mindset to focus on “The House of Color,” or the theory that different colors, lines and shapes provoke a range of different emotions in an audience. 

Over time, her paintings have become more eclectic, in a style that critics have described as ‘surrealistic expressionism'. Jackson, herself, remains a bit skeptical of any attempt to label her in a specific category.  Not one to be tied to a single form, Jackson has been experimenting with new mediums such as air brush and spray paint. Incorporating found objects as stencils, some of her favorites include pieces of gates and objects that she has been collecting for years. The “shadow” remains from a spray paint stencil are also of particular interest to an artist who practices fluidity and motion.  In her search for artistic excitement Jackson has embraced texture by layering thick areas of impasto on panel before picking up her paintbrush, thus creating a more tactile painting. Additionally, in her search for further depth and dimension Jackson has brought in other found objects such as a deconstructed clock to accentuate her fascination with three-dimensional painting.

The inspiration for IN THE HOUSE OF COLOR stems from a passion for new artistic horizons. Experimenting with fresh forms of abstraction, Jackson has explored a new approach to her paper pieces. Allowing for a more flexible and oftentimes smaller surface than her usual large compositions these works challenge Jackson in a new way.  Fascinated by color theory, Jackson’s focus lies with two of the primaries, blue and red. She is interested in the way that people are drawn to certain colors and the way those colors create energy and set a mood.

In her own words, “When one asks why or what it is that I paint, the answer is very simple. I paint because I must and I paint what I feel. My inspirations are energy and movement and I strive to capture these as I explore various subject matters; it is my goal to touch the emotions of the human spirit.”

Both panel and paper works will be on display and available for purchase during the exhibition.


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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