All I See Is Blue

2017-2018
7:40 min 
Collaboration with Michael J. Love
Video & Audio Recorded by Chauncey Velasco & Omari Johnson


"All I See Is Blue", a performance by Ariel René Jackson and Michael J. Love, is presented in conjunction with the group exhibition Original Language. The artists activate Jackson's sculptural installation, a fabricated U.S. flag dyed in 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.