Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal (F9)
Jane Corrigan (born 1980) lives in Hamilton.
Jane Corrigan’s paintings depict scenes drawn from her imagination. They invoke art history and popular culture – and in particular the narrative forms of cinema and the novel, suggesting a kind of comic book impressionism. Set in hard-to-determine eras, her confusion of time (and place) affords her work a paradoxically timeless quality.
This presentation includes paintings and drawings of women and girls that explore interiority by way of self- referential allegories and parody. Executed in a wet-into- wet method, Corrigan’s paintings are first generated by “getting to know” subjects via oil studies, which she describes as a process of “chasing” subjects down through brush marks. It is within these studies and drawings where she discovers her characters for the works on canvas.
Focusing on narrative and solitary women to tease out a particular kind of female subjectivity sees the artist form an idiosyncratic lexicon of symbols that Corrigan often uses to propel her stories forward. The subjects, painted in her signature comic book impressionism, are engaged with a focus just shy of meditation, passing through the world.
Jane Corrigan studied fine arts at Dawson College, Montreal, QC, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA 2003), attended Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art (2002), and completed graduate studies at SUNY Purchase (MFA 2009). She has had solo exhibitions at White Columns, Kerry Schuss, Retrospective, Feuer/Mesler, and Marinaro (New York). Group shows include Sikkema Jenkins, New York, Wilkinson Gallery, London, Karma, New York, Oakville Galleries, Canada, among others.