A Talk with Associate Member Jane Lincoln

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This months the exhibit TEN Kingston Associates: Entangle features the work of the gallery’s associate members. The work in this exhibition embodies the physicality of art making, ‘where the process of making art becomes an entangling of shape, light, realism, and abstraction.’ One associate member, Jane Lincoln, shares insight into her creative practice:

What is different or specific to your practice or creation of this work?

The TEN Kingston Associates discuss and vote on the title for our show each year.  “Entangle” was favored by the majority. This was a challenge to me as I consider myself a minimalist. I liked the challenge to find a totally new type of work in order to have it apply to the title.

How did you begin working on this body of work? What are your inspirations?

My first two works “Tangled Up In Blue” and “The Green Line” were just playing with colored pencil and overlapping lines vertically. Each has a single strand for an accent. One has more white ground while the other becomes dense.

In working on the above, the conceptual artists of the 60s and 70s came to mind. Having viewed the exhibition “Sol LeWitt: 100 Views” at MASSMoCA several times, it excited me to have a space – Kingston Gallery – in which I could be assured to hang a large wall drawing. Ideally drawing directly on the wall would be great, but taking the time to create it in my studio on a roll of BFK Rives sufficed. I expected “Scribbles” (detail pictured above) would take several months but found the process so much fun it practically created itself.

Another inspiration was from the quote of Jasper Johns: “Do something, do something to that, and then do something to that.” Combining this concept with a Brice Marden notebook, I created “Do Something”. The process of repetition becomes accumulation – similar to briars growing in nature; or yarn becoming tangled. The layering mimics computer design work but the hand drawn speaks that nothing can ever be exactly the same. I had many thoughts while working on this, such as: What is Art? How closely does a viewer look? Is merely the “time spent working in the studio” enough? How can I present this tiny notebook so someone doesn’t pocket it? J

How do you want your audience to feel after viewing your work?

Artists react to a given word or theme totally differently. My primary intent is to have the viewer pause and consider the concept of the work.

TEN Kingston Associates: Entangle is on view in the Kingston Main and Center Galleries and in the Kingston Project Space through August 12, 2018.

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Kingston Gallery features contemporary art by New England artists specializing in a diverse range of media including painting, photography, sculpture, and installation. The 30+ Kingston artists exhibit in our three on-site gallery spaces; the Main Gallery, Center Gallery, and Kingston Project Space. Kingston is an artist-run gallery space incorporated in 1982 and supporting a schedule of 22 shows per calendar year plus several special events and group shows. Kingston Gallery takes its name from its original location on Kingston Street near Boston's Chinatown. In the mid-1990s, the gallery was one of the very first to relocate to Thayer Street, anchoring what has since developed into the vibrant SoWa Arts District of Boston's historic South End.

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