Jaime Cortez - Artist & Writer
On The Impossibility of Seeing You (Iteration #1)On the Impossibility of Seeing You (Iteration #2)On The Impossibility of Seeing You (Iteration 3)On The Impossibility of Seeing You (Iteration #4)Jackson JacksonUntitledUntitledUntitled (View #2)Untitled (Detail)Jackson Menagerie in Mourning:  Bubbles the ChimpJackson Menagerie in Mourning:  GiraffeJackson Menagerie in Mourning:  ElephantBullyBubble (installation view)Bubble (Installation View)Bubble (detail)Bubble (close detail)Video Documentation of installation in "Universal Remote"Michael Jackson Fairy Tale Lamps (Installation Shot)Michael Jackson Fairy Tale Lamp (detail of installation)Michael Jackson Fairy Tale Lamps (motion capture detail of installation)Michael Jackson Fairy Tale Lamp #2 (motion capture detail of installation)
Universal Remote
Universal Remote was my first solo exhibition. Held at Southern Exposure in San Francisco, Universal Remote is a multimedia meditation on the absence of Michael Jackson. Through drawings, photo manipulations, sculpture, and mixed media installation, I have created new fictions and fables that explore his triumphs and pathos, his grotesquery and incandescent gifts. I focused especially on the paradox of Jackson, in particular the way he was at once ubiquitous and overexposed but elusive and ultimately unknowable.