Knock Knock new work
Pocket Utopia is pleased to present Jane Kent’s solo exhibition titled Knock Knock new work.
At the center point of the exhibition at Pocket Utopia are two new silkscreen prints, one titled Pink Eye and the other Blue Nose. Working on these new, hand pulled multilayered prints this past summer, Jane Kent spent two weeks at the Print Association (Druckvereinigung Bentlage) in Kloster Bentlage, Rheine, Germany collaborating with Ann Aspinwall and Knut Willich of Aspinwall Editions, NY.
Kent uses the unfolded cardboard boxes as templates for silkscreen construction. Unabashedly colorful, with layered assemblies of rectangles and punctuated by flat, carefully errant marks and brushstrokes, Kent’s prints and drawings unfold in a precise dialogue of silhouettes and juxtaposed shapes. Stretching and elongating forms often within a strict frame, whether painted, printed or both, Kent torques pictorial space. Not unlike the print work of Donald Judd, Kent demonstrates her interest in straight lines. Kent’s concerns are inner volumes and like Donald Judd’s printed series, Kent ends up elaborating on ideas such as defining the space of a sheet of paper, shifting shapes and cantilevering forms. Though being primarily a printmaker, Kent engages in the relationship between printmaking as a set of historical techniques, materials and processes—and in the influence the mechanics of this discipline exerts on the nature and character of the artist’s images.
Produced to be given away during this exhibition, Jane Kent has self published an offset print in an edition of 1000. This untitled, folded image was printed commercially using standard business paper and technique. It is a ‘take away’— a part of the show, along the lines of a memento, souvenir or free sample.
Jane Kent (born 1952, New York) is Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Vermont. She studied at University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and the London College of Printing. Her work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery, The New York Public Library, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Continuing with a theme of presenting small sculptural installations in the window gallery, this exhibition will also feature a sculptural installation in miniature by Daniel Wiener that will intermix different colored plinths with tiny books, faces and masks. Danielle Dimston will complement the entire exhibit with a single, recently completed ephemeral and circular watercolor in tonal blacks and greys, below.
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