Jane Irish in solo exhibition at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia; Opening First Friday, Jan. 9

Cochin Chinoiserie

Exhibition Dates: January 9 - February 21, 2009.

Opening Reception: Friday, January 9, 2009, 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Locks Gallery
600 Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA

From the Locks Gallery press release: "In her second exhibition at Locks Gallery, Jane Irish will show new vases - continuing to explore the politics and aftermath of the Vietnam War and the aesthetics of decadence. Irish will debut 10 new vases modeled after 18th and 19th century French Sevre porcelain which have images of Vietnamese landscapes and decorative detailing. These vases feature poetry by Vietnam Veterans and noted visual arts writers, such as Vincent Katz, Carter Ratcliff and Tom Devaney. They will be seen against the backdrop of a large painting, incorporating protest imagery and rococo interiors - work for which the artist is known.

Irish, nominated in 2008 by The Print Center, received an Independence Foundation Fellowship and spent twenty-five days traveling and working in Vietnam. While there, Irish painted en plein air, capturing peaceful sites which once were the backdrop to combat during the Vietnam War. In coming to terms with the impact of American brutality and its legacy, Irish seeks the transcendent nature of art and 'the universality of painting' in addressing the complicated history between the two nations."

Contact Locks Gallery at tel: 215.629.1000 or email: info@locksgallery.com

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