Untitled 1 of 1-10 by bugzdale
inkjet print on un-stretched canvas.
66 x 36 inches
Artist Statement: Through my art, I amplify ideas about the black experience in our society. I focus on the themes that affect my community: class, race, police brutality, corrupt government, death, and other issues, to show the way in which black men and women are made targets, and to find a way to celebrate the lives of these under-represented individuals. I create a world where these people can survive, and find a way to be themselves, while being free from imprisonment, both metaphorical and real.
I am a black man fighting for equality and social justice. My Jamaican-American background, connections with people, my dual communities of Queens and Jamaica, and outside of it, old family photos, and my memories all inform the way I make art. My art aims to spark questions. I am critical of conventions surrounding the hierarchy of subject matter and the materials traditionally used in painting. Thinking about the fragility of our existence, I strive to use materials that make real connections with the subject matter to capture the feeling of life’s preciousness.
Bio: Anthony Jackson who is also known as Bugzdale is from Mandeville Jamaica and grew up in New York City. Bugzdale graduated from the University of Albany with his MFA in May 2020. He is currently located in the Upstate New York and the New York City area, residing in Queens where he is currently in a residency working with the Jamaica Center for arts and Learning. Bugzdale is versed in different mediums but currently concentrating in Painting and Drawing. He describes his work as amplifying ideas about the black experience in our society. He focuses on the themes that affect his community: class, race, police brutality, corrupt government, death, and other issues, to show the way in which black men and women are made targets, and to find a way to celebrate the lives of these under-represented individuals. Bugzdale had his first solo exhibition in May 2022 called Community located in Lake George Courthouse Gallery. Bugzdale has also shown his work in several group shows over the years, some of his most recent shows were located in the Capital region of Upstate New York. The shows being his MFA Thesis show Located at the University of Albany Art Museum, Infinite Uncertainty located at Russell Sage College Opalka Gallery, and The Other Virus Exhibit located at Second ST. Studios. Bugzdale is currently in an ongoing show since 2018 located in Albany called Seeking Sanctuary; Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness with the Underground Railroad history project of the capital region.
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