LAYNE JACKSON 2011
Layne Jackson was born in Dallas, Texas, received a B.F.A from the University of Texas (double major/art and art history) and worked as an art director in Austin, Texas and Paris, France. Since 1997, she has resided in Chicago, working in painting, drawing, mixed media on paper and mural work.
Her work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions including the Chicago Cultural Center, Illinois Institute of Art, Koehline Museum, MexiCarte Museum, Daughters of the Republic of Texas museum, NOVA Art Fair, Music Garage, Merchandise Mart, Judith Racht Gallery, Barrington Area Arts Council, Irish American Heritage Center. 2010 shows include 50 Alderman/50 Artists, a collaborative art project organized by Johalla Projects, and Taste of the Poet, a collaborative art project with artists and Irish writers.
Jackson created and organized the East Village Arts Walk from 2002-2006 with over 60 artists participating each year. She has taught at the Latin School of Chicago and in Chicago Public Schools leading mural projects with over 600 children. Her public art projects include the Bloomingdale Mural Project, Chicago Avenue Mural Project, Paris 25 Nightclub, and over 60 fiberglass animals for Cows on Parade and private clients. Her work has been included in publications such as A Day in the Life in Cyberspace, Women’s Business Source (cover), SIGNS, Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and the upcoming Clandestino Cooking, a collaboration of art and cooking. She was an artist-in-residence at Ox-Bow, and represented the USA at the 23rd International Artists Symposium in Kriva Palanka, Macedonia in 2009.
Throughout my career I have been fascinated by the ephemeral nature of human relationships. My work explores the connection between the body and emotional memories. What starts out as triumph soon becomes memory, leaving only a sense of what could have been and the prospect of a new understanding.
The underlying base for all these works comes from found, discarded black and white photographs. The paintings and drawings begin with a single image that anchors the work and is edited and refined to mine emotional content.
I work in series in an on-going investigation of the themes of rituals in personal relationships, and more recently the paintings echo my growing involvement with environmental issues and address human interaction with the natural world.
I have been engaged by color and pattern, and use saturated colors, built with layers of transparency, to represent a contemporary palette, influenced by master storytellers as diverse as Thomas Hart Benton and Lee Friedlander. New combinations are crafted from both traditional and modern meanings and the viewer is left with a glimpse of the possibilities of our future.
The works on paper function as studies for larger paintings and mural projects and an increasing desire to create grand scale work in collaborative projects that cross borders. Painting on a larger scale, with large forms and color, the ideas and background that have shaped me are allowed to come to the surface and guide me to answer questions of my own desire for a life of integrity.
Ultimately, I am always working towards that rabbit hole where the paintings come freely, the paint flows, the music is right, the light is right and all’s right with the world.
My background in a family that traveled (and had international travelers in our home) has instilled in me a wanderlust that led me to travel throughout the USA and Mexico, across Canada, to Russia, Western and Eastern Europe, Cuba and Central America, and make one very special visit to Zimbabwe.
2010 100 European Starlings Nomadic Studio, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago
Artists Respond Globally (Oct) Zhou B. Center, Chicago
50 artists/50 aldermen Johalla Projects, Chicago
Touch of the Poet Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago
midnight snacks: Chicago 1361 space, Chicago
Ox-Bow Benefit Invitational, SAIC, Chicago
2009 Artists from the 23rd Symposium, Skopje, Macedonia
Eight Chicago Muralists, The Architrouve, Chicago
2008 The Artists’ Project/Artropolis, Chicago Merchandise Mart, Chicago
2007 New Work on Paper Solo Exhibition, Latin School, Chicago
Barbie meets G.I. Joe Koehnline Museum, Chicago
Ox-Bow Benefit Invitational SAIC, Chicago
2006 Bill of Rights MUSIC GARAGE, Chicago
NOVA Art Fair Chicago Artist Museum, Chicago
Chicago Art Foundation Invitational Merchandise Mart, Chicago
Ox-Bow Benefit Invitational SAIC, Chicago
2005 Contemporary Realism Prairie State College, curated by Gregory McKnight
Three Street Level Gallery, Highwood
PUBLICATIONS AND AWARDS:
2009 Invitational: 23rd International Artist Symposium, St. Joacim Monastery, Kriva Palanka, Macedonia
2005 Artist Residency, Ox-Box, Saugatuck, MI
Chicago Journal, Feature, Oct 14
New Hampshire Review, COVER and Featured Artist, Summer Issue
2004 Chicago Journal, Feature, Oct
Chicago Magazine, “East Village”, October issue
Community Service Award for East Village Art Walk, West Town Chamber of Commerce
2003 Chicago Magazine, "Best of Chicago”
2002 Chicago Tribune, February, “Cash Cows” feature story, Charles Leroux
2001 Chicago Sun-Times, Michael Sneed column
Cover Award, SIGNS Magazine, Journal of Women in Communication, Univ. of Washington Press
2000 Chicago Reader, October and December
Chicago Cultural Center, Union Images Special Recognition Award, Chicago
Critic’s Choice Award, Around the Coyote Exhibit, Chicago
Artscope Online, “Art at the Chicago Cultural Center”
1999 Austin-American Statesman, Mel McCombie, “New Artists to Watch”
Austin Chronicle, March 12
24 Hours in Cyberspace (Book), featured individual
1996 Austin Homes and Gardens, “100 Austinites to Watch”, Austin