Cage Match Project, Round VII: Color Composition

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Event Info
Date start 04.27.18
Date end 06.03.18
Start Time 12am
Admission Free
01.31.19 First Look: Ariel René Jackson by Sean J Patrick Carney (Art in America)

The opening reception for "Cage Match 7: Color Composition" by Ariel Jackson. The exhibition will run through June 3rd and is open/viewable 24/7.


In 1928 the Koch and Fowler City Plan proposed the creation of a “Negro District” in Austin, TX which segregated Black Americans to areas with the weakest zoning restrictions allowing a series of systematic development abuses. In 1935 the New Deal program further reinforced segregationist boundaries through restrictions on mortgages for Black and Latinx homeowners. Working in tandem with the government, the Home Owners Loan Corporation created a map of “Hazardous” and “Desirable” areas. In Color Composition, Jackson considers this history of redlining in Austin through a system of colored balloons that match the general layout of HOLC-designated areas from 1935. Throughout the duration of the installation, weather and natural effects will reveal the balloons’ true color, thus initiating dialogue between the past and the present.

For more information about the history of redlining in Austin visit:

Ariel Jackson

Ariel Jackson (b. 1991) is an American artist originally from Louisiana, currently living and working in Austin, TX. Her work takes a look at the cyclical nature and layering of systemic injustices and histories pertaining to the African diaspora through narrative and spatial aesthetics and material. Her work has appeared at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, DePaul Art Museum (Chicago), the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, The Studio Museum in Harlem, amongst others. Jackson got her BFA from The Cooper Union in New York City in 2009 and is currently attending the University of Texas at Austin for her MFA in 2019.

Cage Match Project

Cage Match Project is a temporary, site-specific art-installation series in which a group of selected artists have been invited to engage a large, industrial caged-trailer. Measured at 20’x8’x7’, the weathered and rusted container resides in the exterior lot of The Museum of Human Achievement in Austin, TX where it is under constant exposure to the elements and 24-hour public viewership. The Cage Match Project is located in the parking lot of the Museum of Human Achievement and is curated by Ryan Hawk.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.