For her first one-person exhibition in Germany, New York artist Jane Fine will be showing new paintings on wood panels made with poured acrylic paint and marker.
The show's title refers literally to armed conflict, as well as metaphorically to the painterly struggles that take place on the work's surface.
In Fine's work, the painted field is a battlefield, located on the border between figuration and abstraction. It is a place where hard-edged painting has delivered a sucker punch to biomorphic abstraction; figure and ground are dueling; there is a food fight between drawing and painting; and every form is in danger of melting away in the brightly-hued goo of dripping acrylic.
As we mark the fourth anniversary of the apparently endless war in Iraq, a dose of absurdity has penetrated Fine's work. There is no finality to her depicted conflicts as each over-armed combatant, confused by smoke and slop, misses its target. In the newest paintings, "My Space" and "Checkpoint," Fine's attitude about war has necessitated a "time out" from the battlefield. The struggle between figure and ground has subsumed the battle between tanks and airships, leaving only vestiges of small guns and barbed wire floating in pictorial space. For now, Fine has granted abstraction a temporary victory.
Vernissage: April 28th, 2007
Opening: Saturday, April 28th, 2007, 11 AM - 10 PM
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12 6 PM, and by appointment
Dates: April 28th through June 23rd
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