Jed Jackson's "Excuse Me..."


Memphis College of Art presents Jed Jackson’s Excuse Me…Some paintings from Jed Jackson from the past 10 years, on view Feb. 15 through March 27 in the Alumni Gallery, Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, 6–8 p.m. 

Jackson says that over the years his paintings have coalesced around two dominant concerns: first, the creation of images which mine history and culture for meaningful metaphors, critique and commentary, and secondly, the continuing development of techniques that, although traditional in inception, stretch the possibilities of representation as a contemporary aesthetic practice. “My gouache paintings originate in a phrase or idea presently finding currency in the mass media, either print or electronic,” said Jackson. “Through drawing, the idea is translated into a design linking image and text to create an often biting or humorous commentary.” 

Jackson received his BFA from Memphis College of Art and his MFA from Cornell University and has taught Painting, Art History, Art Theory and Criticism, and Humanities courses at the college level for 35 years. He is currently professor of painting at the University of Memphis, where he served as chair of the Art Department from 1999-2006. Jackson is also the author of the book Art: A Comparative Study. 

Gallery hours for the Excuse Me… exhibition are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For additional information, visit mca.edu. 

Photo: Jed Jackson, “Horsey,” 2014, oil on panel, 18” x 18”

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