March 6 - April 4, 2009
Opening, Friday, March 6th, 6-9pm
The Jancar Jones Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibit of work by Bay Area artist, Nancy White. The exhibit will include both oil paintings on steel and acrylic paintings on paper. An offset print edition of 100 will be produced to coincide with the exhibit.
In her work, White constructs a liminal area between physical presence and situational flexibility in which the distinction between what is painted and what the eye perceives is often unresolved. In spite of her hard-edged painting technique, the shifting canvases of bent steel become the basis for a visual experience of impermanence in which neither color nor shape remain concrete. White uses the wall around her paintings on steel to produce soft optical effects – the white walls revealing the reflected traces of vivid, often hidden, fields of color and fluctuating cast shadows. Contingent upon the angle by which they are viewed, these paintings can appear three-dimensional or flattened, perspectivally uncertain.
This morphology of shape and dimension is echoed as well in her acrylic paintings on hand-tinted paper, all of which examine a set group of forms and their subsequent permutations. These paintings, which are produced from initial line drawings, are intended to “subtly distort recognition,” throughout each composition. Comprised of both filled and outlined forms, which vary in luminosity and opacity, White, again, hopes to affect a “visual encounter where the distinction between what is painted and what the eye constructs is elusive.”
White’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Takada Gallery, San Francisco and recently in group exhibitions at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary, San Jose, CA, Higgins Art Gallery, Barnstable, MA and Busdori, Tokyo. Her work is also included in a series of traveling exhibits that originated at Weltraum26, Munich and will travel to Pharmaka, Los Angeles, in March, and Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, later this year.
For more information please contact Eric Renehan Jones or Ava Jancar at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.jancarjones.com. Gallery hours: Thursday – Saturday, noon – 6pm and by appointment.