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This new body of work confirms Jane Fisher’s command of
subject and palette as presented from her insightful perspective.
She paints ordinary, identifiable people in familiar settings
- individuals rather than ideals – and familiar though
not necessarily family. The people in this series are divers – in
motion in mid air or static on the board, and in, or above, the
These subjects remind us that we seek diversions on weekends
and time off or away from responsibilities. We think of diving
as fun, or as a sport. In addition, the physicality of diving
provides the momentary experience of being in other mediums:
air and water. This allows for a true divergence from our day-to-day
existence. Fisher reinforces this concept by portraying subjects
in ambiguous backgrounds; is it air or water? Either way, we
see these divers are clearly confined by the edges of the canvas,
analogous to the confines or our everyday lives.
Diversion usually implies amusement so perhaps Fisher finds this
play on words – divers and diversions – a source
of both amusement as well as inspiration for these paintings.
Fisher has shown work in public since 1984. She is well known
in the Bay Area, formerly represented at Hackett-Freedman, and
has exhibited her works throughout the United States. Other gallery
affiliations are Lyons Weir in Chicago and New York and Geishedel
in Chicago. This is her first solo exhibition with the gallery.
Jane Fisher received her BFA from Ohio University and received
a Master of Fine Arts degree from The Art Institute of Chicago.
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