2018 | Soil, Chalk Mold, Broken Tool, Chalk Line, Chalkboard Paint on Panel | 14 x 3 x 24 in.
2018 | Chalkboard Paint, Chalk, Video Projection, MDF, Gac 400, Topsoil from South East Austin | 72 x 60 x 1 in.
2018 | Topsoil from South East Austin, Latex Balloons, Montana Chalk Spray, String, Wire | 240 x 96 x 84 in.
2018 | Chalkboard Paint, Wood, MDF, Gac 400, Acrylic Sealer, Topsoil from South East Austin | 124 x 122 x 102 in.
2018 | Black Chalkboard Paint, Gac 400, School Chair, Topsoil from South East Austin | 33 x 84 x 70 in.
Floor Space Machinery Map
2017 | Wood, Chalk Paint, Chalk, Springs, Soil, Fabric Stiffener | 10 x 48 x 36 in.
2017 | Video Projection on Chalkboard | 24 x 36 x 3 in. | Total Running Time : 1 min. 30 sec (looping)
All I See Is Blue
2017 | Top Layer Soil from South East Austin, Muslin Fabric, Blue Dye, Clothespins, Wire, Polyester Thread | Flag Size : 72 in x 108 in | Total Running Time : 7 min.
Michael Love and Ariel Jackson collaborated to create a contemporary performance of Langston Hughe's "Let America Be American Again" poem from the 1940s. In a large space, echoes distort the recitation of Hughes' poem overlapped with Love's tapdancing. After each stanza Jackson recites she completes a military about-face to Love who is faced away from her. In response Love tap-dances on top of a plot of soil. Behind Jackson is a coffin sized American flag dyed in blue hanging from a clothesline. The performance is a visceral response to the relevance of Hughes' poem to today's political climate. The use of the flag, military actions, and soil call to the ways that Americans are often understood as being patriotic and/or living up to the "american dream" (agriculture, military service, for ex.)
"All I See Is Blue" Ariel Jackson & Michael Love Sept 8, 2018 at CUE Art Foundation NYC
Ghost Image : (Re)Creation and (Re)Understanding
2017 | Two-sided chalkboard, chalk, projection, video, Image sourced from Judith Carney’s “Black Rice: The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas”, my grandfather’s 1970s farm machinery handbook | 60 x 72 x 2 in.