Carol Jackson

Harper-Schmidt Fellow

"My art celebrates the exuberant motifs of mid 19th century furniture and graphics- the same Anglicized Rococo and Neo-Colonial stylings that continue to permeate mass produced low-end furniture and miscellaneous Americana. While IKEA has done much to tame consumer tastes with it's streamlined modernism, they cannot compete with the plethora of C-scrolls, S-scrolls, ribbons, columns, capitals, scallop shells, gadrooning and acanthus leaves flourishing in the homes and alleys of most Americans. These strident forms continue to iterate the promise of abundance long after the abundance is gone. I rearticulate these unavailing gestures in my carved leather frames and geode-like paper mache objects. By inserting present-day government webcam stills monitoring traffic and air quality and images of crashed cars, plenitude is either anticipated or abruptly truncated. The results are framed finalities and objects that are petrified in endless anticipation, suggesting that the stock optimistic narratives of the industrial era contained their own future demise. The sentiment is not mournful but celebratory."


Carol Jackson has had solo exhibitions in Chicago at Three Walls and Slow Gallery. Her work was featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and has been included in group exhibitions at Kunsthaus Speckstrasse in Hamburg, Van Abbe Museum in the Netherlands, and the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago. Other exhibitions include: Changing Role Gallery, Naples, Italy; Gallery 400, Chicago; Van Harrison Gallery, NY; Ten in One Gallery, NY; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE); Chicago Project Room; Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Netherlands; Smart Museum, Chicago; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Cultural Center, Chicago; Van Harrison Gallery, NY; ACME Art Company, Columbus, OH. Publications: frieze magazine. Awards: Illinois Arts Council Grants; Artadia Artists Grant. Collections: Smart Museum of Art; Mark and Judy Bednar; Ken Freid.