Grid Work Series
Photos of family farmland printed on fabric + remnants from farm property adhered onto panel using soil, pigment, and concrete
Ariel René Jackson and Michael J. Love develop embodied language out of lineage, temporality, and identity construction through a series of performances and choreographed filmed gestures.
"All I See is Blue"
CUE Art Foundation
August 8th, 2018
Recorded by Chauncey Velasco & Omari Johnson
"All I See is Blue" translates Langston Hughes' 1935 poem "Let America Be America Again." against the backdrop of a handmade US Flag dyed in Blue. This performance points to national identity politics between the 1930s and now.
The AURALVISUAL MIXTAPE Collection "Part II: DOPE FIT!"
Written & Choreographed by Michael
Projection Design by Ariel René Jackson
The AURALVISUAL MIXTAPE Collection is Michael J. Love's triptych of live interdisciplinary rhythm tap dance pieces that juxtaposes live-looping, visual media, and live performance. "Part II: DOPE FIT!" reclaims Black cultural archive(s) and enlivens spirited visions of futurity through a queer and feminist lens.
"Carver's Message in Blue"
George Washington Carver Museum
February 8th, 2020
Photographed by Cindy Elizabeth
A US flag stenciled out of soil becomes transformed in tandem with the echo of a recording of George Washington Carver reciting his favorite poem "Equipment" circa 1900. Love and Jackson wrestle with the poem's sentiments of upward mobility and perseverance as they perform.