• Tomashi Jackson in her Studio. Image courtesy of The New York Times. Photo: Christopher Gregory

Platform: Tomashi Jackson

July 12–October 26, 2020

Platform is the Parrish Art Museum’s open-ended invitation to a single artist to consider the entire Museum as a potential site for works that transcend disciplinary boundaries, encouraging new ways to experience art, architecture, and the landscape. Platform 2020 features artist Tomashi Jackson (American, born 1980), who works across painting, video, textiles, and sculpture to examine the relationship between the aesthetic and the political. For Platform, the artist will present a community project and multidisciplinary exhibition that may include collage, paintings, video, installations, and performance. An illustrated publication will document Jackson’s process and installation through interviews, essays, drawings, and images.

Jackson is particularly interested in the movements and migrations of groups of people, the curtailment of these for populations of color, and how boundary lines are drawn, maintained, and in some ways subverted. She carefully studies these complex histories of color whileexploring how abstraction can document the sociopolitical zeitgeist. In preparation for her Platform project, she will research these issues as they pertain to Long Island’s East End and hold Town Hall style meetings at the Parrish and local community centers, inviting members of diverse local populations to participate.

The artist will have the opportunity to deepen her research of the area and create new work for the exhibition at The Watermill Center in the neighboring hamlet of Water Mill, NY. In a continuing partnership with the Parrish that fulfills its mission of presenting process-based projects for Platform, The Watermill Center invited the artist for a residency in June 2020 as part of the Inga Maren Otto Fellowship for visual artists. Jackson intends to juxtapose the artistic legacy of Long Island’s East End with current socio-economic tensions and historical racial segregation, similar to her project for the 2019 Whitney Biennial, in which she draws a parallel between people of color losing their homes in the 19th century and a current, controversial housing policy in Brooklyn. In addition, her continued investigation into transparency, the transmittal of light and color, perception, and the effects of these on the value of human life in public space will inform her new work for Platform.

About Tomashi Jackson

Tomashi Jackson is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses the formal properties of color perception as an aesthetic strategy to investigate the value of human life in public space. Her work is included in the Whitney Biennial 2019. She had solo exhibitions at the Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw, GA (2018); Tilton Gallery, NY (2019); and group exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans (2019); MOCA Los Angeles; and MASS MoCA (2017). Her work is included in the collection of MOCA Los Angeles. Artist residencies include Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and ARCAthens, Greece (2019). Jackson has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art, Cooper Union, and New York University. She received her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University School of Art in 2016; her Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning in 2012; and her BFA from Cooper Union in 2010. Jackson lives and works in Cambridge, MA, and New York City.