“I am an artist whose photographs evoke the play of veracity and falsehood, reality and fiction as recorded by a camera. My work belongs to the genre of images that engages ideas of artificiality and constructedness.”
|ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Jane Calvin’s richly colored photographs are constructed by arranging found objects and projected imagery into room-sized sculptural assemblages, which she then photographs. Imagery and text fragments gleaned from advertising, story books, movie posters, romance and mystery novels, along with dolls, dresses, and other props, all conspire in Calvin’s final photographs to reflect and blur demarcations between fact and fiction, evil and innocence, tenderness and violence. Densely layered and darkly seductive, Jane Calvin’s photographs create references to the memories, impulses and fantasies that tug at the edges of our conscious minds.
Jane Calvin’s work has been exhibited internationally, and is in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, Polaroid International, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Detroit Institute of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.
This exhibition presents 45 photographs created by Jane Calvin between 1982 and 2002.
"I am an artist whose photographs evoke the play of veracity and falsehood, reality and fiction as recorded by a camera. My work belongs to the genre of images that engages ideas of artificiality and constructedness.
I make photographs, I don't take them. I am a maker of meaning, not an observer of it. The images are constructed by montaging projected imagery and found objects into room-sized assemblages, which I then photograph. In these tableaux, which explore mystery, menace, love and desire, female identity, gender and sexuality, and childhood experience, I weave layers of meaning into ambiguous, deliberately enigmatic narratives, which reflect the complexity on contemporary life.
|In its emphasis on detail and its exploration of myriad connections, the work "reflects a world less temporally and spatially fixed than ever before."* Eschewing linearity, the work stands in opposition to the simplicity and minimalism that dominates earlier thinking and image making in the 20th century. My images are elliptical, digressive, fragmented, layered.
Appropriating fragments from advertisements, storybooks, pulp romance and mystery novels, I often incorporate text to discover how language and image either blend or compete as forms of communication. I am interested in the disjunction between the visual and the verbal, in how provocative readings of each are created when they are seen together. My work is challenging because it dishes up the past and explores issues difficult for many people to ponder." –Jane Calvin
*Sven Birkerts, "The Struggle for the Soul of the Sentence,"
The Wilson Quarterly, 2001
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Jane Calvin was born in Chicago in 1938. She received her MFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1982) and her BA from Bryn Mawr College (1959). She is the recipient of an NEA Visual Artist Fellowship, an NEA Regional Visual Artist Fellowship, and seven Illinois Arts Council grants. Her work was recently exhibited at 798 Photo Gallery, Beijing, and is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Polaroid International Collection, Detroit Institute of Arts, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and Illinois State Museum, among other public and private collections. She has been an adjunct instructor in the photography department at Columbia College Chicago since 1988.
Discontinuum: Photographs by Jane Calvin was curated by Peter Spooner and organized by the Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth. It was funded in part by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Illinois Arts Council; Columbia College, Chicago; and the University of Minnesota, Duluth, School of Fine Arts and Student Services Fees. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
Jane Calvin's work is supported in part by Artist Fellowship and Special Assistance grants from the Illinois Arts Council, and by a Stuart and Iris Baum Project Completion Grant from Columbia College, Chicago.
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