September 13 - October 26, 2014
Jane Corrigan's first solo exhibition at Kerry Schuss consists of her most recent paintings. This new series portrays a fictional world of women and girls, who often absently acknowledge the presence of the artist.
Working from her imagination, Corrigan employs an illustrational language informed by the exaggerated gestures of Honore Daumier and dashing brushstrokes of El Greco. Her process includes a reciprocal reworking of studies and drawings, which are then referenced in larger paintings on canvas. Corrigan finds her characters in this evolution and in the materiality of thick, brushy paint. A soccer player staunches a bloody gash in her leg, a bare-breasted woman in cutoffs reclines near a basketball, and two relish a momentous kiss, all of them inviting the viewer to chase narratives that bloom and recede in each work. One may even get the sense that this experience is shared by Corrigan, as a story unfolds just ahead of her control.
The luminously present subjects of these paintings are, for the most part, seemingly unaware of their sexuality, although they may toss off a pose or a coy gaze. Humor is as audible as girlish experience, and at times there is darkness to the comedy. In these open-ended works, a great deal of space is offered in which to navigate lofty social and even existential ideas without meeting any heavy-handed statements along the way. - Alexandra Capria
Jane Corrigan was born in Shawville, Quebec, in 1980. She received her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2003 and her MFA from Purchase College, State University of New York, in 2009. In 2012 Corrigan had a solo exhibition in the project space at White Columns, New York. Her paintings have appeared in group shows at White Columns, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, and Kerry Schuss, New York. In 2013 she received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award. Corrigan lives and works in Brooklyn.