WESTVILLE | The Purdue University North Central Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series will feature an exhibit of paintings and small bronze works by Preston Jackson titled "Images From the Closet Trunk." The exhibit runs today through May 31 in the PNC Library-Student-Faculty Building, Room 02 in the building's lower level. It is free and is open to the public and may be viewed by appointment only.
Jackson's work reflects a personal look at history as an examination of life in the United States, particularly the South, from slavery on. He intends for his work to preserve cultural history and illuminate attitudes within and outside the African-American community.
"As an artist, I attempt to create faces we can look into, to create physical beings that we can examine as well as surface renderings which cause us to understand the effects of animalistic treatment toward other human beings," Jackson said. "I feel this is precious history. I create these pieces using bronze as a metaphor, it being a semi-precious metal. The narratives which accompany each sculpture are a type of historical fiction, drawn from research as well as from family memoirs."
A noted Chicago artist, Jackson created the sculptures Haints + History and Travels of My Seven Sisters on display on the PNC campus as part of its large-scale Odyssey sculpture series.
Jackson is trained in the field of metal fabrication, both steel and foundry cast metals, as well as in painting. The materials used most often in his pieces are cast bronze, steel, and stainless steel. His work tends to be narrative in nature, with emphasis on relating the details and personalities of our past.
Jackson will give a personal tour of this exhibit as well as his outdoor sculptures at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 19. The Odyssey 15 Opening and Reception will follow beginning at 5 p.m.
To schedule an appointment to view this exhibit, call (219) 785-5200, ext. 5593.