a solo exhibition of works by Jonathan Paul Jackson
at Private Eye
Opening Reception: December 8th, 8-11 PM
Showing from December 8th until January 12th
«Our living space, if it be a tent or a mansion, is considered a sacred place that is just for us, free of judgement. We can walk around naked and sing if we like. Its the place for you to find a peace of mind in a world that seems to be turned upside down, most of the time. It allows to us exercise vulnerability without even realizing it. A place with a collection of objects that represent our inner most subconscious, and reminds us of past memories. When unwanted energy enters this space, we get an uneasy feeling that is so strong that we sometimes have to remove ourselves permanently from the space and find a new one to recenter ourselves.
This exhibition is about the emphasis we, as humans, put on a living space and the things that go into it that make it ours, as well as the the importance of repurposing items. Rediscovering the item's potential will help save the Earth, and maybe rediscover the person’s own potential in the process. In this exhibition, I have created a body of work using items found in our living spaces as the medium. These items have been retrieved from dumpsters of construction sites, people that have been evicted from their homes, and people cleaning their homes post-Hurricane Harvey. I've fixed and cleaned the items to create paintable surfaces. In recreating another story and even collaborating with the past owner of the item, I hope to play on the viewer's personal nostalgia of the item, perhaps causing them to recall growing up with some of the items, and the emotion of that goes into making the painting.» — Jonathan Paul Jackson