Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2015-16

(Brooklyn, NY)Jacqueline Tarry

Project Description

Flight as both fact and trope permeates the history and mythology of Black American culture. “Meridian” explores the emotional disconnect that exists in the gap between the metaphoric ideas of unbounded weightlessness, freedom and modernity evoked by the seductive promise of commercial air travel; and a personal narrative in which the currency of labor within this industry is one based on servitude. Structured on associative and poetic terms, this investigation unfolds against the backdrop of America’s historic racial politics. “Meridian” is a choreographed meditation of contrasting dialogues – of interior dialectics within a public arena and of hierarchical power dynamics within the expanse of space between earth and sky.


Jacqueline Tarry is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn NY. She received a BA in Philosophy from State University College at Buffalo, and participated the Whitney ISP program in 2003. Her work is a visual and sonic confrontation of the dominant narratives that exist in American culture. She is interested in the myriad ways our idea of the “historic” resonate throughout and in fact, actively inform our contemporary lived experience. She has also worked collaboratively as McCallum & Tarry and has received grants from NYFA (2008 & 2012), National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Her work has been shown at Prospect1 Biennial, 11th Havana Biennial, Site Santa Fe, Tokyo Wonder Site, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and the Burchfield Penney Art Center.