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Jessica Dickinson Exhibition Displays her Long Term Commitment to Painting Process at Altman Siegel

  • Jessica Dickinson exhibition
March 26, 2016
Gordana Sretenović. Teaching English and writing for a living. Obsessed with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Desires to travel the world and not have a permanent address. Occasionally writes poetry.

Altman Siegel is proud to present the works of Jessica Dickinson in an upcoming exhibition at the gallery. The artist’s work is represented by James Fuentes in New York, as well as the Altman Siegel Gallery in San Francisco. Jessica Dickinson will present her works on paper in this exhibition titled Are:. Her works may remind one of the whimsical but elusive windows to an alternative universe, or, more commonly, to the souls of the viewers, as she leaves us wondering about the message behind her works, and what her pieces should mean to us. Her simple, yet intricate paintings, invite the viewers to come closer and examine the piece to the very last detail, and then step back and bask in the glorious sea of color that occupies her canvases.

Jessica Dickinson exhibition
Left: Jessica Dickinson – Are:Yet, 2014-2015, Graphite, colored pencil and pastel on paper with holes, 127.3 x 107.3 cm, 50 1/8 x 42 1/4 in / Right: Jessica Dickinson – Part-New, 2014-2015, pastel, graphite, wax oil pastel and wax crayon on paper with holes, 127.3 x 107.3 cm, 50 1/8 x 42 1/4 in | Courtesy of the Artist and Altman Siegel, San Francisco

Jessica Dickinson’s Simplicity of the Complicated World

The Minnesota-born artist who lives and works in Brooklyn uses various techniques of creating art, such as drawing, painting, and abstraction to depict the elusive visible world, outside of the constructs of the verbal. Her work investigates the relationships between perception, psychology, and matter that the humans have been developing over time. She searches for the meaning lost in the overlooked and the minor nooks and crannies of the society and dislocates the hierarchical notions of the sublime. She focuses on the bonds that bind the perception and emotion, both of which unfold in unvoiced circumstances of cognitive illumination. Each of her pieces is carefully developed through extended processes and phases in order to materialize the fierce switches in how what we are able to see changes through time. Her works are metaphorical thresholds, or doors, that connect different states of hard matter and atmospheric light.

Jessica Dickinson exhibition
Jessica Dickinson – Was-Once, 2014-2015, graphite and pastel on paper with holes, 125.7 x 106.7 cm, 49 1/2 x 42 in, Courtesy of the Artist and Altman Siegel, San Francisco

The Influences and Approaches

Jessica Dickinson’s approach to creating art is connected to the general history of painting. She manages to implement the intention of old painting masters and the minimalistic ideas of art into her pieces. She provides the viewers with the space that connects them to the materialized work of art, making them experience the mysterious world of art in a friendly environment easy on the eyes. Upon viewing her pieces from a distance, we can notice the movement between the abstract form, and a personal sense of materiality, thus creating visual fields that resonate with specific emotions. Jessica Dickinson’s paintings, influenced by frescoes, are layered with oil on a surface that reminds of plaster. Scraping, marking, covering, and cutting into the paint, make her paintings constantly change. What was once one particular work of art may become something completely different in a matter of months, thus reminding one of fresco art that changes over the course of history.

Jessica Dickinson exhibition
Jessica Dickinson – Not, 2013-2015, Gouache, graphite, wax oil pastel on paper with holes, 121.9 x 107.3 cm, 48 x 42 1/4 in, Courtesy of the Artist and Altman Siegel, San Francisco

Jessica Dickinson Exhibition at Altman Siegel

Jessica Dickinson’s exhibition titled Are: will be on display at Altman Siegel Gallery in San Francisco from April 28th to July 2nd, 2016. The gallery is located on the fourth floor at 49 Geary Street in San Francisco, California. Jessica Dickinson is an artist who had had exhibitions all over the world, including the solo shows in New York, Minneapolis, Madrid, London, and Miami. Her works are a part of public collections, such as Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, The Rochofsky Collection in Dallas, Texas, and Zabludowicz Collection in London. She has also received awards such as an individual grant from the Belle Foundation, Farpath Residency in Dijon, Change Inc Grant, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program.

Featured images: Jessica Dickinson – Part-New, 2014-2015, detail, pastel, graphite, wax oil pastel and wax crayon on paper with holes, 127.3 x 107.3 cm, 50 1/8 x 42 1/4 in, Courtesy of the Artist and Altman Siegel, San Francisco