Thursday, May 06, 2010

Duane Reed Gallery: Friday, 21 May 2010

Jill Hackney
Opening Reception May 21st, from 5-8 pm.

Duane Reed Gallery presents the latest work of painter Jill Hackney. The exhibition opens Friday, May 21st with a reception that evening from 5-8pm. The exhibition will run through June 19th. Gallery hours: Tues through Sat 10-5pm.

Jill Hackney paints light in limpid pools of reflection. Closely observing the color of light, both directly cast and reflected, she harmonizes positive and negative space through her painting technique. Connecting the object with its surrounding environment her gossamer web of brush strokes are identifiable as a series of vertical linear marks. Similar in optical effect to the pointillist technique of Georges Seurat each stroke builds up a carefully controlled blend of glittering complimentary and analogous hues. These pigments ultimately blend in the eye to create recognizable forms. The effect is often hallucinatory, reminiscent of Peter Doig’s “Blotter” and Monet’s “Water Lilies”. Hackney concentrates on the forms the light take glancing off the surface of ponds and streams observing their fleeting existence, she paints optical events that will never repeat themselves.


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