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Duron Jackson
updated: 10/30/2013
website: www.duronjackson.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Iberia Parrish Jail - New Iberia, LA
Salinas State Penitentiary, CA
California Correctional Facility, CA
Pelican Bay Correctional Facility, CA
Gladiator School - Video Installation Documentation
Installation Detail - Camp Delta, Guantamo Bay, Cuba
William Donaldson Correctional Facility, AL
Site Specific Detail From Installation Revere/Reviled
Opportunity
Constellation 3490610594
Bounce
Devil's Exit
Installation - Result of Performance - I AM
Five Men Still
Installation - Result of Performance Five Men
 
Portfolio Keywords:  architecture, figurative, identity, systems, abstract, mapping, political, narrative, process, race
 
 
Iberia Parrish Jail - New Iberia, LA by Duron Jackson
Iberia Parrish Jail - New Iberia, LA
Graphite on Blackboard
2007
48 " x  48 " 
Salinas State Penitentiary, CA by Duron Jackson
Salinas State Penitentiary, CA
Graphite on Blackboard
2007
8" x  12" 
California Correctional Facility, CA by Duron Jackson
California Correctional Facility, CA
Graphite on Blackboard
2007
8" x  8" 
Pelican Bay Correctional Facility, CA by Duron Jackson
Pelican Bay Correctional Facility, CA
Graphite on Blackboard
2007
24" x  36" 
Gladiator School - Video Installation Documentation by Duron Jackson
Gladiator School - Video Installation Documentation
Video Installation
2009
Dimensions variable
Installation Detail - Camp Delta, Guantamo Bay, Cuba  by Duron Jackson
Installation Detail - Camp Delta, Guantamo Bay, Cuba
Graphite on Blackboard
2007
48" x  48"  x .75" 
William Donaldson Correctional Facility, AL by Duron Jackson
William Donaldson Correctional Facility, AL
Graphite and Blackboard Paint on Wood Panel
2008
48" x  48" 
Site Specific Detail From Installation Revere/Reviled by Duron Jackson
Site Specific Detail From Installation Revere/Reviled
Graphite and Blackboard Paint
2007
Dimensions variable
Opportunity by Duron Jackson
Opportunity
Domino tiled plywood embedded in wall and carpet
2010
Dimensions variable
Constellation 3490610594 by Duron Jackson
Constellation 3490610594
Wooden Box Lined With Black Dominoes
2009
72 " x  32 "  x 36 " 
Bounce by Duron Jackson
Bounce
Blackboard Paint on Paper
2005
72" x  132" 
Devil's Exit by Duron Jackson
Devil's Exit
Blackboard Paint on Paper
2005
5'" x  10'" 
Installation - Result of Performance - I AM by Duron Jackson
Installation - Result of Performance - I AM
Performance - Multi-Medium Installation
2006
Dimensions variable
Five Men Still by Duron Jackson
Five Men Still
Performance
2007
Dimensions variable
Installation - Result of Performance Five Men by Duron Jackson
Installation - Result of Performance Five Men
Multi-Media Installation
2007
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement
Blackboard Paintings
This body of work addresses issues of incarceration, surveillance, the U.S. penal and criminal justice systems. It is mostly conceptual and has been exhibited in multi-mediums (Video, Photography, Installation and now mixed media). Project Exile. is a testament acknowledging the humanity and dignity of America’s prisoners. The blackboard series is inspired by the Quilts of Gee's Bend, "Rooftop Variations;" and reference Robert Smithson's concept of Non-sites, as each piece is an abstraction of a real place; they're also metaphors for those incarcerated as forgotten and placed in "non-sites."  These drawings are aeriel demarcations or architectural footprints of prisons within the U.S.; and are graphite and blackboard paint on clayboard. Through this work, I'm surveilling the suveillor, while exploring how systems influence the human condition and their affect on culture, and worldview.

Work on Paper
This body of work is an ongoing examination, and is intended as a declaration of being. Each work is a life-sized impression on paper, taken directly from the male figure, creating a unique mark or symbol, which catalogues and indexes the body, yielding a trace (evidence), figurative language, “narrating a way of being.” The series includes a performance component which illustrates process in addition to placing the unadorned Black male body in discourse with the social body; allowing the audience to project their experience in relationship to the nude male figure. This work is testament to the ongoing obsession and distortion of the Black (Non-European) body throughout contemporary culture. “This is an effort to visually distill (extract) the complexity of what it is to be alien within a western social paradigm, communicating this in a most simple way.

Artist Bio / CV
My installations, performances, video, sculpture and paintings attempt to expose formal and social interrelationships within the context of contemporary culture. As a cross-disciplinary artist my practice conflates academic and artistic research, and frequently uses photography and video archives to create new critical perspectives on dominant historical narratives. My interests lie in creating discourse around representations and debates within western critical discourse, and are directed towards social purposes. I’m compelled by how systems affect populations with focus on U.S. social and political histories relating to incarceration, criminality, surveillance and spectatorship. I 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 I received my B.A. in Visual Art.