Him, His, He. Queens, NY
Anthony Jackson who is also known as Bugzdale is from Mandeville Jamaica and grew up in New York City. Bugzdale graduated from the University of Albany with his MFA in May 2020. He is currently located in the Upstate New York and the New York City area. Bugzdale is versed in different mediums but currently concentrating in Painting and Drawing. He describes his work as amplifying ideas about the black experience in our society. He focuses on the themes that affect his community: class, race, police brutality, corrupt government, death, and other issues, to show the way in which black men and women are made targets, and to find a way to celebrate the lives of these under-represented individuals. Bugzdale has shown his work in several shows over the years while in school, his three most recent shows were located in Albany New York. The three shows being his MFA Thesis show Located at the University of Albany Art Museum, Infinite Uncertainty located at Russell Sage College Opalka Gallery, The Other Virus Exhibit located at Second ST. Studios, and Community located at Small Albany Gallery. Bugzdale is also in an ongoing show since 2018 located in Albany called Seeking Sanctuary; Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness with the Underground Railroad history project of the capital region.
Subject matter was all-important for me since I wanted to represent these figures’ “humanness” outside of media stereotypes. I wanted to see more individuals that looked like me, individuals from my community, individuals that would normally never be seen on the walls of a museum or gallery. I wanted them to be seen for who they are: proud, free and living in a world free from judgment and surrounded by love. This is how they deserve to be viewed by society.
Each person that I decided to include in my work walks a different path and has a different purpose on earth. The one true connection between each of these individuals is the hardship each faces being a black man or woman in this world. Not every story is the same, but there are similarities in life experiences. I am tired of being looked at as a threat to society, tired of not being looked at as equal, tired of being looked down on, tired of being labeled in whichever way the world wants to classify us, and especially tired of going to museums and not seeing more black artists or black people being represented in a positive way. I work so that the next generation of black youth can aspire to a better life, so that they can be able to put their minds to anything they choose and not feel like they cannot succeed in this world unless they are a white male or female. My aim is to spark change in this world, locally and globally, through making and sharing my art.
All text (c) Bugzdale / Anthony Jackson, 2021
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