Jane Dickson

"OUT OF HERE Paintings 1999-2013" by Jane Dickson

OUT OF HERE: Paintings 1999-2013 by Jane Dickson

On view: September 28 - January 12, 2013

Artist's Reception: October 5, 4-6 PM ft. road music by DJ Jeannie Hopper, Art on Air Radio

Artist's Talk: Sunday, November 10, 2 PM

"Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road" - Jack Kerouac

OUT OF HERE Paintings 1999-2013 is an exhibition of five large-scale oil paintings on Astroturf by New York based artist, Jane Dickson. These paintings document nearly a decade and a half of Dickson's travels in the Hudson Valley as a regular weekend visitor to upstate New York.

Utilizing a cinematic depth of field, along with a heightened palette, distant perspective and low horizon to emphasize the immensity of sky, Dickson's Out of Here paintings manifest existential melancholy, as well as a sense of quiet solitude. Devoid of the rigors of actual highway driving, the twilight hum of tires on pavement, they also impart to the viewer a feeling of surreal detachment.

The built environment, from vertiginous views of the 80's Times Square to windshield-framed highways, desolate strip malls, gaudy carnivals and dusty demolition derbies have all found their way through Jane Dickson's paintings into the canon of American art. Working with a range of industrial materials from sandpaper to astroturf Dickson has brought gritty illumination to the contemporary American landscape.

After studying at Harvard and the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Jane Dickson moved to New York City, where she was part of the politically charged 1980s scene of artists working at the intersection of street art, hip hop, film, and installation. She was a member of the influential artist collectives Colab (Collaborative Projects) and Fashion Moda in the South Bronx. Her work - the subject of a 1994 traveling museum retrospective, a 1996 exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, and several solo exhibitions at Marlborough Gallery, New York - is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Art Institute of Chicago. She has won awards from the NEA, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Illinois State Council on the Arts, among others. Her work has been featured in hundreds of publications including The New York Times, Art in America, Art Forum, and text books including Prentice Hall's Art in Culture 4th ed.'11 and Princeton Press' New York Nocturne.


Return to The Fields Sculpture Park.

"Out of Here Tail Lights", 2004-2013, oil on AstroTurf, 73x114"

"Out of Here West", 2004-2013, oil on AstroTurf, 73x114"

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