Jess Ackerman Presents “Always Been the Laughing Boy” in Portland

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Chefas Projects presents Portland-based artist Jess Ackerman for their inaugural solo exhibition with the gallery entitled Always Been the Laughing Boy. In Ackerman’s latest collection of work, the artist draws upon the “sad clown paradox”—the psychological concept characterized by one’s creation of light-hearted humor in public situations, despite inner turmoil. With expert use of color and imagery, Ackerman leans into highly emotive and personal narratives with a playful eye. Vibrant depictions of tulips, cake, and everyday objects are the visual lure for a deeper conversation.

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