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Opening: Punctual Reality

  • High Tide 1850 North Hope Street Philadelphia, PA, 19122 United States (map)
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As we look towards an uncertain future, we reframe and reclaim our personal and inherited

past(s); this radical act functions as a beacon forward.

As we look towards an uncertain future, the reframing and reclaiming of our

personal and inherited past(s) is a radical act that functions as a beacon forward.

Reframing and reclaiming our personal and inherited past(s) are radical acts that functions

as a beacon forward into an uncertain future.

As we look towards an uncertain future, we reframe and reclaim our

personal and inherited past(s) in a radical act that functions as a beacon forward.

As we look towards an uncertain future, we radically reframe and reclaim our

personal and inherited past(s), using them as a beacon forward.

Like using a rear view mirror, as we move through time our ability to understand our history

must be continually reframed. Last month, High Tide curated Imperfect Tools for Navigation

at American Medium, featuring works by Bouché, Jackson and Morris. With this show now

existing in the recent past, Punctual Reality gives the three artists an opportunity to expand

on their ideas and bring the past into focus. Pieces from Imperfect Tools will exist alongside

additional works, creating fresh opportunities for dialogue.

James Bouché (b. 1990) is an artist living and working in Baltimore, MD. His work explores

the overlap between post-minimalist aesthetic and contemporary subcultures. Inspiration is

drawn from fictional realities and the works are presented as props, turning the gallery into a

minimal stage. The viewer becomes a passive participant, like a ghost moving through

space. Bouché's recent work represents the connection between sexuality and religious

upbringing.

Jared Rush Jackson (b. 1996 South Orange, NJ) is a Philadelphia based artist interested

in the intersection of language, Blackness, and technology. In both material and time-based

works, Jackson’s work communicates through layers of both visual and text-based allusions

and signifiers, leaning towards an ambiguous— yet sometimes sarcastically blunt and

humorous— investigation of contemporary Black culture and visual culture. Recognizing

social media as the biggest catalyst in the way society communicates, Jackson is invested

in emphasizing the nuances in Black communication and language; in both digital and

analog environments.

Devin N. Morris is a Baltimore born, Brooklyn based artist who is interested in abstracting

American life and subverting traditional value systems through the exploration of racial and

sexual identity in mixed media paintings, photographs, writings and video. His works

prioritize displays of personal innocence and acts of kindness within surreal landscapes and

elaborate draped environments that reimagine the social boundaries imposed on male

interactions, platonic and otherwise. The use of gestural kindnesses between real and

imagined characters are inspired by his various experiences growing as a black boy in

Baltimore, MD and his later experiences navigating the world as a black queer man.

Memory subconsciously roots itself in the use of familiar household materials & fabrics,

while symbolically he arranges it. Looking to buoy his new realities in a permanent real

space, Morris posits his reimagined societies as a prehistory to futures that are impossible

to imagine.