press release

Pierogi is pleased to present a fourth exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Jane Fine. The paintings in this exhibition incorporate a mash-up of techniques—multi-colored pools of acrylic paint, passages of exuberant brushwork, jiggly drawn lines, and areas of high-key flat color. Fine once again allows a variety of improvisatory painting styles to bump against each other, while retaining their individual flavor.

Fine’s new paintings, with titles like “Happy Island” and “Blockbuster,” are celebratory. They unfold in wide-open spaces, full of verdant landscape and flowery psychedelia. But this celebration isn’t just for youngsters, it’s a mature party room complete with bandages and blubber, patches and scars.

In “Over the Hump” the artist marks the end of a time of grieving with a painting that is both very darkly hued and simultaneously uplifting. In “Family Outing,” Fine creates her first self-portrait, painting herself as a cartoon character on a date with her husband and son.

With this show Fine turns inward, from the political world toward the personal, while continuing to rely on her ability to present multiple and sometimes conflicting forces. Collapsed constructions, melted forms, and personal loss are redeemed by flowering blossoms and youthful invention in an overall spirit of renewal.

“Ultimately, as much as my work has been concerned with events and politics outside my studio, each painting is full of metaphors for the battles inherent in my own creative process: trying to make something from nothing, intention from accident, illusion from flatness and meaning from doubt.” (Fine, 2009)

Jane Fine received a BA from Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) and she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Skowhegan, ME). She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She has attended residencies at Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY), Cité Internationale des Artes (Paris, France), and The Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown, MA).

Jane Fine
Glad All Over