Ariel René Jackson &          Michael J. Love

2017-Ongoing

Image-based artist Ariel René Jackson and interdisciplinary tap dance artist Michael J. Love have been collaborating with each other since 2017. One of their earliest debuts was the performance of All I See is Blue' at the CUE Art Foundation presented in conjunction with the group exhibition Original Language curated by Natasha Marie Llorens. They created The Future Is A Constant Wake, a short film that doubled as a backdrop during Michael J. Love’s 2019 interdisciplinary dance piece titled The AURALVISUAL MIXTAPE Collection ‘Part II: DOPE FIT!'. Most recently Jackson and Love collaborated and debuted an exhibition called Descendance, a drone-recorded film performance at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery in Seattle, Washington. In it Jackson records the sound of Michael’s feet transforming a flag stenciled out of soil over an original score. 

Descendance
2020

5:26 minutes
Videography by Eliot Gray Fisher
Pool design by Eto Otitigbe

Descendance is a drone-shot video featuring interdisciplinary tap dance artist Michael J. Love and an original score by jazz musician Joseph C. Dyson Jr. Set inside an empty swimming pool at the George Washington Carver Center, Descendance explores ideas of lineage and generational change by transforming an American flag stenciled with soil. 

All I see is blue
2017-2018


7:40 minutes
All I See Is Blue, a performance by Ariel Jackson and Michael Love, is presented in
conjunction with the group exhibition Original Language. 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. 

The AURALVISUAL MIXTAPE Collection, Part I: GON' HEAD AND PUT YOUR RECORDS ON!
2017-2019


70 minutes
Featuring Ariel René Jackson's film The future is a constant wake
The AURALVISUAL MIXTAPE Collection, Part I: GON' HEAD AND PUT YOUR RECORDS ON! is an exploration and jubilant celebration of Blackness. Love curates a vibrant amalgamation of moments from pop culture and his personal history to examine the various portions of his identity while actualizing self-love and self-care. RECORDS! is anchored by tap improvography and spans a number of performance mediums as it nods to traditions as varied as the Black queer ballroom scene and the Black church, demanding the necessary space for #blackboyjoy.