Jane Lackey: Openworks

Jane Lackey: Openworks

September 2 - 30, 2023 

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 2, 4-6 pm


Artist in Conversation: Thursday, September 14, 5-6 pm

Jane Lackey with Curator Laura Addison 

Periphery, 2018, acrylic paint, single layer cut kozo paper, 19 x 13 in.

Pie Projects was pleased to announce the opening of Jane Lackey: Openworks, on Saturday, September 2, 2023 with a reception that took place from 4 to 6 pm. 

In her current works, Jane Lackey uses meticulous process to orchestrate large-scale, cut paintings on paper that embed the matrix of woven grid into a network of fluid forces. By adding and subtracting adhesive labels, tape, paint, and sometimes thread to the surface of Japanese kozo paper, linear intersections parallel language, writing, cognition or measuring. Her works unite traits of fragility and strength that connect us as they expand incrementally into spatial topologies. Up close, the porous surfaces never quite settle down. Shadows pulse, eliciting a spatial atmosphere active in formation, like an accumulating or dissolving map of particles in motion. As one steps back and away, the composition comes into sharp focus revealing shapes that express force and interaction. The ambient rhythm of repetition contains difference, anomaly and sameness held within a plaid of connective tissue. Her drawing process of constant action and movement brings awareness to sensations that align with our emotional and physical selves.

Friction 2, 2018, 72 x 39 in., paint, labels, cut kozo paper

Jane Lackey earned her bachelor’s degree from the California College of the Arts in Oakland and her master’s from suburban Detroit’s Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she went on to head the fiber department for a time. Her artwork has been shown at the Loranger Architecture Center in Detroit, the Wellcome Trust in London, and the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York, among other venues. She received the 2011 Creative Artist Exchange Fellowship sponsored by the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission.


Artist in Conversation: Jane Lackey and Curator Laura Addison

 September 14, 5-6 pm

Laura Addison is the curator for North American and European folk art at the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe. Prior to her current position Addison was curator of contemporary art at the New Mexico Museum of Art (2002-2013). She is interested in the cross-pollination of categories such as folk art, craft, and contemporary art, and the elastic meanings of each of these terms. She was correspondent for Sculpture magazine, wrote criticism for the Phoenix family of newspapers in New England, and locally has published reviews and articles in El Palacio and Trend Magazine. 

To learn more about Jane Lackey's work, please read the article by Nancy Zastudil in Hyperallergic.



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