|For Immediate Release
Ghent, New York – The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi International Arts Center is pleased to announce the opening of 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.
A reception for the artist – featuring DJ Jeannie Hopper of Art On Air Radio playing road music – will be held on Saturday, October 5th, from 4 – 6 PM. Jane Dickson will also be giving an artist talk on Sunday, November 10 at 2 PM.
To learn more about the exhibition, click here.
About the artist:
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.
About Omi International Arts Center
Omi International Arts Center is a not-for-profit arts organization with residency programs for international visual artists, writers, translators, musicians and dancers. The 300 acre campus is also the site for The Fields Sculpture Park, a public exhibition space with nearly 80 contemporary sculptures; Architecture Omi, exploring the intersection of architecture, art and landscape; and Education Omi, an arts education programs for children. Omi seeks to foster an environment of creative exploration and exchange, professional opportunity and exposure, and a stylistically and culturally diverse community for creative artists from around the world. Through our programs and resulting public events – including our Residency Programs, The Fields Sculpture Park, Architecture Omi, and Education Omi – Omi contributes to the vibrant culture of the Northeast region. For more information visit: www.omiartscenter.org
Image Credit: Out of Here West, 1999-2013, oil on Astroturf, 73 x 114".