Tomashi Jackson: Across the Universe
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
June 14 - September 10, 2023
The mid-career survey Tomashi Jackson: Across the Universe will present nearly a decade of work across disciplines and will provide an overview of the threads in Jackson's practice and her varied use of materials.
Tomashi Jackson creates vibrant research driven works in the mediums of paintings, printmaking, video, photography, fiber, and sculpture. Influenced by California muralist traditions reflecting peoples’ movements of the 1950s-1990s, her often immersive work scrutinizes the mechanics of societal power and recognizes the triumphs for the empowerment of communities of color.
Jackson builds textured surfaces from textiles, paper, site specific earthen materials and ephemera, transformed archival images, washes and opaque applications of colors to visualize her observations of human experiences touched by legislated governance. Her practice employs geometric abstraction, expressionism, and halftone lines that crosshatch and affect the viewer's perception, illuminating the intersecting nature of historic resistance to oppression with present day resonances. Many recent paintings are supported by awning style structures extending from the walls, bringing a protective architecture element inside and projecting colored lines from vinyl strips onto the wall itself.
“Tomashi Jackson’s artworks thoughtfully explore public narratives of educational access, transportation, housing, voting rights, law enforcement, livelihood migration, labor, and land rights. Her engaging and nuanced approach to US history situates her as one of the most relevant artists practicing today,” said Miranda Lash, Ellen Bruss Senior Curator at MCA Denver. “This exhibition will feature works from the last eight years of Jackson’s career as well three new paintings and a video piece commissioned by MCA Denver, made using materials from Colorado’s rich landscape, including marble dust from the Western Slope and imagery from the Great Sand Dunes.”
Tomashi Jackson: Across the Universe is curated by Miranda Lash and will be accompanied by a catalog, the first to offer insight into the overarching themes of Jackson’s career as well as developments in her creative process.