CRITIC'S STATEMENT by Jamie Jones
Mind and space are not that dissimilar when it comes the interpretations of the sensuous and the spiritual. With the courage to allow the exposure of her explorations, Kane welcomes the viewer to expand beyond the familiar to visit or breathe that rare air of wholeness in the Jungian sense. It is a mission to visit and express universals truths fusing teh conscious with the unconscious. Kane's work reminds one that unlike adolescent art, where there is a complusion for posing, mature works of art allow for a particular coincidence that sparks a quest for authenticity. No longer is the urgency for image the driving force, but rather reconciliation with the importantance of the quest. Meanwhile Kane admiration for the art history shines in her homage to the formal attributes of Archie Gorkey, Howard Hodgkin or Helen Frankenhaler, and quietly demands that the view invovle them with all important work of exploring "art as process", a process that best reveals itself to those who quiet themselves and simply listen.
NEW GALLERYBLUE EXHIBITION FEATURES WORKS BY
NANTUCKET CONTEMPORARY ARTIST JOANNA KANE
NANTUCKET—New works by popular Nantucket contemporary artist Joanna Kane will make their debut at galleryblue on Friday, July 3 at 20 Old South Wharf in an exhibition entitled "Idle Tools.”
A reception will be hosted by galleryblue and the artist from 6 to 8 p.m. on the opening day of the exhibition. The show will run through Thursday, July 16. Works by galleryblue’s other core artists—Judith A. Brust, Stephen Pitliuk and Dale Bradley—will continue to be exhibited in the main gallery at 21 Old South Wharf.
According to Kane, the exhibition was inspired by tools of all shapes and sizes sitting around uncharacteristically idle in her husband’s mill shop due to the slowdown in construction during the past year. She relocated a number of the tools into her art studio to use as subjects for her series of abstract paintings. The result was 16 new mixed media works, all of which will be displayed in the upcoming exhibition. Kane utilizes a mixture of milk paint and acrylics in a complex layering process to come up with her signature look of color and form.
Raised in Connecticut in a family of artists, Kane holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the Kansas City Art Institute. She has been a resident of Nantucket for the past 26 years. While her early work focused on the decorative arts and she spent many years as a commissioned furniture artist for clients both nationally and internationally, she now focuses solely on abstract painting and drawing. She is represented exclusively by galleryblue and her work can also be viewed at Cinco Restaurant.
Artist’s Statement, 2009
The Idle Tools Series
The idle tool series was inspired by the devastating lack of work for tradesmen here on Nantucket Island, last winter. It was the observation of my husband’s huge millshop of tools now untouched and quiet that inspired me to walk around and look at these idle tools as silent objects of beauty. They all have so much history behind them and were crucial just months ago.
I began to bring tools into the studio and trace them directly unto the painting surface. I wanted to see if by incorporating the shape of various tools and manipulating the scale and color I could discover something about the tool that wasn’t so obvious. At times they are the main focus of the painting and at other times the tool is a piece of a complex composition only revealing a partial aspect of itself.
The more I painted the tool, it became not just a hard object but a symbol and archetype. It is the magnanimous nature of the tool and its relationship to mankind, as well as my own life, that has attracted me to paint it. By giving the tool the starring role in my painting this year, I am prompting it to speak of us.