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Derek Jackson
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You're My New Orleans. You're who I want to be with all the time. You're what makes me feel good and who I want to wake up next to. What makes me laugh, dance, cry ... what can make me angry and what can make me cum. What I hope for and what I remember ... what I never want to forget. You're like a Frederick Weston collage, a David Wojnarowicz lithograph, a Felix Gonzalez-Torres installation. You're My New Orleans.

The title of this web exhibit comes from a song by David Deporis. It's a beautiful song ... a lullaby. There's something synaesthetic going on here for me ... I look at these works and I hear this song ... a song that I could imagine singing to my one true love.

I expected the experience of going through the archive to really suck, like an onerous homework assignment, but this magical thing happened ... like when you're afraid to try karaoke and then when you do you have to be wrestled to the ground in order for someone else to take a turn ...

There were so many directions I could have taken -- themes and filters I could have implemented to come up with a curatorial "vision." But in the end, I just let myself do what I always wish for and dream about most: I fell in love.

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Derek Jackson is a visual artist and performer living in Portland, Maine, and New York City. He is the founder and creative director of Hung Magazine, published by Sur Rodney (Sur) and a member of the gogocuntrypunkmashupelectrohouse ensemble Daisy Spurs. His work was most recently featured in a video program at CRG Gallery curated by Angela Dufresne and is included in the December 2007 exhibition "Framing AIDS" curated by Hector Canonge at the Queens Museum of Art. Jackson is a recipient of numerous awards including: the Brooklyn Arts Council, The Djerassi Artist Residency Program, and Momenta Arts. He is a graduate of the Experimental Theater Wing at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts as well as the City University of New York at Brooklyn College.


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