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A review of Del Jackson's work A.I, currently on exhibit at the UICA
Artist Del Jackson

Artist Del Jackson /Del Jackon

Artist Del Jackson

Artist Del Jackson

Artist Del Jackson

Artist Del Jackson

The current exhibition at UICA is titled "Play." On the forth floor there is an interactive mechanism made of acrylic, electronics, and wood. Iowa resident Del Jackson is the creative genius behind this product. This piece is called A.I. – Algorithmic Interactions measures 12' by 8'. It consists of red plastic flowers that twist and turn automatically, but freezes if you make a fast sudden movement or step close up to see it. This response to the viewer was the intent of Jackson who described that he wanted A.I, “to make you stop and stare”, instead of just a glance and walking by; this effect has a great impact on the views of Algorithmic Interactions piece.

I think that this piece is the most interesting in the current exhibition at UICA; it definately makes you think about how to look at art. I just love the concept to stop and smell the roses; this piece is making you wait and enjoy life. Everyone can benefit from taking a break from rushing around to contemplate those things that are important in life; by bringing our family’s together and overcoming our troubles.  Each artwork wants you to think about something different and from this piece I now think a little differently.

This is my first experience with ArtPrize, and I honestly believe that its something amazing. There are over 1500 pieces scattered all over the city, results in something akin to a huge gallery. 


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