By Esau McGhee. Courtesy of Jenkins Johnson Projects.

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Jenkins Johnson Projects is hosting the first installment of On The Road,” an exhibition series curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah highlighting the works of artists he encounters while traveling. Loosely inspired by Jack Kerouac’s 1957 Beat Generation novel about the travels of young men across postwar America, the title and historical context provide a space for Ossei-Mensah to interrogate contemporary issues of mobility, freedom and identity at a time marked by political and societal unease. Ossei-Mensah focuses on three visual artists based in the Midwest: Caroline Kent, Basil Kincaid and Esau McGhee, all of whom he met in 2017 during his travels across the United States. Chicago-based artist Caroline Kent utilizes the visual language of abstraction to construct imagined spaces in her paintings that question how language can be understood. St. Louis-based artist Basil Kincaid leverages a multidisciplinary approach to explore notions of reclamation and heritage through quilting, photography and photographic collage. Chicago-based artist Esau McGhee investigates class and racial constructions by creating large-scale photographic collages that capture the surfaces and textures we traverse daily as human beings. All of the artists featured in On The Road” possess a unique ability to employ rigorous approaches to art making and experimentation via their artistic processes.