Jane LaFarge Hamill & Jason Bereswill
January 10 – March 3, 2019
New York NY – NonFinito Gallery is pleased to present ‘Rosie,’ an exhibition that brings together new paintings by Jason Bereswill and Jane LaFarge Hamill in celebration of the birth of their first child, Rose. The majority of the work on view was planned, conceived, and created during Rose’s 9 month gestation.
Jane LaFarge Hamill will be showing 22 new abstractions, each dominated by her use of bright swirling color and seemingly lit from within. Hamill’s working method is a kind of volcanic undertaking.She typically begins with days of planning, build up, and procrastination, ultimately punctuated with sudden bursts of activity and bravura. Each wood panel is a venue for the collision of control and accident in color, movement, and depth; where painterly intention flirts with destiny. Hamill’s paintings have recently stepped into a third dimension through the use of virtual reality. In her new VR (Virtual Reality) piece to be included here, she invites the viewer to step through her painting into a darkness where the viewer’s own agency illuminates the scene around them. In this new work she’s exploring the interactive possibilities of painting via new technology.
Bereswill’s paintings are slower and more methodical. His Ivy is a kind of meditation, marking time, as though knitting. And like much of Bereswill’s paintings, they create a visual conundrum. In this case, pitting the desire to be seen against the desire for privacy; the role of the painting against the role of its subject. They draw you in while keeping you out. His Untitled Hole in the Ground, 2010 - the only earlier painting included in the show - carefully constructs a real hazard out of a false hazard depicting a real hazard. The image becomes an object and the object becomes an obstacle. The line between painting and subject, depicted depth and real depth, is again blurred.
On the walls surrounding Untitled Hole in the Ground are a series of new rock paintings from the couple’s babymoon in Bermuda. Depicted in the clear light of the Caribbean, the paintings are centered on rocks, and the water, sand, and air that has shaped them over time. These are sturdy and reliable beacons. In their unpopulated state, they offer a desirous escape into vacation paradise, where again the desire to be seen battles the desire for privacy.
‘Rosie’ will be on view until March 3, 2019, with an opening reception on January 10, 2019 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, and by appointment.