My work often isn’t about what’s present but what isn’t, and how that defines the subject, or viewer. I use color and absence of color to demarcate and identify structures and their functions as they relate to people and populations. As most of my work is socially founded, I’m interested in knowing if the viewer is complicit in upholding whatever is status quo, or is not. I want the viewer to enter, and locate themselves within the content and context of my work. I’m interested in creating tension, and evoking the viewer’s relationship to content through strategies such as beauty, confrontation with objects, proximity, scale, images, light, shadow and material specificity.
Duron Jackson is a Brooklyn based artist whose Installations, performance, video, sculpture and paintings expose both the formal and social interrelationships of ‘blackness’ within the broader context of contemporary culture. As a cross-disciplinary artist Duron Jackson conflates academic and artistic research, and frequently uses photography and video archives to create new critical perspectives on dominant historical narratives. Reflecting on contemporary representations and debates within western critical discourse, his work comments on U.S. social and political histories in relation to incarceration, criminality, and surveillance. Jackson received an MFA in Sculpture at Bard College, Milton Avery School of Art and attended S.U.N.Y., Empire State College Studio Art Program where he received his B.A. in Visual Art.