All I See Is Blue
Video & Audio Recorded by Chauncey Velasco & Omari Johnson
All I See Is Blue, a performance by Ariel Jackson and Michael Love, is presented in conjunction with the group exhibition Original Language curated by Natasha Marie Llorens. The artists activate Jackson's sculptural installation, All I See is Blue, to translate Langston Hughes' 1935 poem "Let America Be America Again." Layering the piece with sound and dance, the performance simultaneously pays homage to Hughes while pointing to similarities between politics relating to American identity between the 1930s and now.
"Cogitations on Surviving Language" by Ladi'Sasha was written in response to Original Language as part of the Art Critic Mentoring Program which pairs emerging writers with AICA-USA mentors to produce original essays on a specific exhibiting artist(s). Below is an excerpt:
The fragmented discourse of survival swells in the underground and interior landscapes of the psyche, the body, and in the production of things, of space. Emerging through thought in practice and creation.
For more information about Original Language check out the catalogue that accompanied the exhibition. Below is an excerpt:
Original Language proposes six responses to the problem of language today, or to this question: how to speak about what has been done to the body if to do so involves using language, which is itself a form of violence?
–Natasha Marie Llorens
Color Composition, a durational installation, consists of a variety of chalk colors that match the general layout of Austin’s landscape that is included in the HOLC-designated areas from 1935 that enforced redlining. Throughout the duration of the installation, weather and natural effects cause the chalk layer to reveal the balloons’ true colors and systemic residues.
In 1928 the Koch and Fowler City Plan proposed the creation of a "Negro District" in Austin, TX which segregated Black Americans to areas with the weakest zoning restrictions allowing a series of systematic development abuses. In 1935 the New Deal program further reinforced segregationist boundaries through on mortgages for Black and Latino homeowners. Working in tandem with the government, the Home Owners Loan Corporation created a map of "Hazardous" and "Desirable" areas.
Photographs courtesy of Sweet Pass Sculpture Park
Suspended Grid is a game system based on the popular game Connect Four where the goal is to connect four game tokens in a grid either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. The tokens have been changed to identifiers according to Kimberlé Crenshaw's theory of intersectionality. Intersectionality or the social categorizations of race, class, and gender considers aspects of identity as not existing separately but influence each other and are interwoven through social interactions.