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WSIU's Jak Tichenor talks with artist Jed Jackson during Jackson's visit to the Mitchell Museum at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Jackson, who taught painting at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the late 1980s and is now a professor of art at the University of Memphis, is a practicing artist who draws his inspiration from a well-informed sense of history and it's imagery to create witty and sometimes disturbing allegorical paintings that challenge contemporary sensibilities. He uses a vibrant blend of imagery from old movie genres, literature, advertising, and propaganda posters to create art with biting social commentary. His paintings invite you to examine a unique style of satire in which themes from the past address modern issues. Jackson talks with Tichenor about his influences and the artistic process of some of his more notable paintings.
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