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Jane Lincoln: More Than ENOUGH


September 8, 2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Cotuit Center for the Arts
4404 Falmouth Rd.
Cotuit, MA 02635
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“More Than ENOUGH”

August 8, 2020 to September 19, 2020. No public opening reception.

Gallery admission is free during Gallery hours and by appointment.

Artist Jane Lincoln’s lifelong exploration of color converges with her outrage over the epidemic of gun violence in “More than ENOUGH.” The exhibition features paintings, prints, and drawings based on color interaction and the forty-one works in her series “ENOUGH” depicting mass shootings in the United States. Together they reveal Jane’s special sensibility for color even when she substitutes a hammer and spike for her paintbrush.

Originally scheduled for May 2020, this show has not only been rescheduled but has been expanded as the Cotuit Center for the Arts generously offered additional exhibition space. With gratitude Lincoln added even “More,” including her new series “Quarantine Diary,” which chronicles the impact of Covid-19 on our lives.

The series of works include: Color Zones (paintings); Color Conversations (prints); Personal Puzzles (paintings); ENOUGH (paper); and Quarantine Diary (film).

“Color has astonishingly limitless qualities,” says Jane Lincoln as she explores these subtle and disparate characteristics in her abstract prints entitled “Color Conversations.” The series is a dialogue on the infinite combinations of color, which always leads to surprising revelations. Lincoln marries a century-old, white-line woodblock technique, developed in Provincetown Massachusetts, with a modern grid format and her special sensibility for color.

Lincoln’s series “Color Zones” seeks out color relationships that will influence emotions and create distinctive optical effects. The dimensions and orientation of each “Color Zone” vary depending on the character of the colors. For example, in “Outspoken Orange,” orange shifts to red-orange , asking which hue matches the thin orange stripe below. Interference pigment causes some colors to shift as the viewer passes the work, altering the relationships between the adjacent colors.In her series “ENOUGH,” Jane Lincoln puts aside the traditional tools of the trade to focus on mass shootings that have occurred in the United States. Instead of a paint brush, she picked up a large spike and hammered it through black paper. She makes one ragged hole for each gunshot death as if shot by a bullet. So far, she has created over forty pieces that tell the story of these mass shootings, and, unfortunately, I “continue to add to the series as new shootings occur.” The intent is to make visual the hard, cold facts and prompt the viewer to reflect on the real loss of life.

Thanks to Will Howcroft for photography and Mary Loftus for text.

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