Try to appreciate the little things in life, like a free beer or the fact that you have two shoes. I know there’s McDonald signs everywhere and those sandbags on the sidewalk feel like strategically placed self-portraits, but try to look on the bright side. The cowboys are on their way, riding bareback with bluebird. And if you hold your head just right, you might even catch that billboard that looks like a sunset.
There’s a Tear in My Beer features a body of work that seeks to find solace through objects. Formal structures made of metal are designed like furniture, all to hold a hair tie, a keychain, a pair of earplugs. Balanced between the sincere and the bizarre, these careful arrangements of object and image re-contextualize the mundane into more intimate moments that have a direct relation to the body. Certain clichés like the yellow rose and lyrics to sad love songs are embraced and used to break down darker themes like longing, loneliness, and the contemporary need to escape the trappings of daily life.
Lesley Jackson is an artist living in Chicago. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA. Recently her work has been shown at Chicago Artist Coalition, Zhou B Art Center, Sullivan Galleries, and the Union League Club. Forthcoming projects include a residency this fall at Vermont Studio Center.