In yet another impressive solo exhibition, Jane Hammond presents a shimmering series of photographs and paintings that bring life to the walls of the Galerie Lelong Gallery.
Light Now: Dazzle Paintings and Photographs showcases a dozen paintings each of which portray a specific photographic event. Hammond’s use of an eclectic range of lustrous materials such as shreds of silver, gold, and copper leaves alongside with mica and Plexiglas enhance her aesthetical design tonally and compositionally. The combination of illuminous materials coupled with Hammond’s photographic-like compositions are all painted on Plexiglas, affording each painting a delicately precious quality that render her subject matters both divine and mysterious. Similarly to Hammond's black and white photographic collages, the juxtaposition between her thematic serenity and the unconventional usage of industrial mediums, attribute to the ominousness within such works as children climbing precariously in Jungle Gym, and Carry Me depicting a child staring solemnly beyond the picture frame as she is carried by a male guardian. One exemplary painting titled Nude with Wallpaper conveys strongly the artist’s acute sensitivity to material as a mundanely traditional rendering of a figure slouching carelessly on a chair is unconventionally rendered with gold and copper leaves articulating naturalistic light and shadows. The mesmerising effect of the blotchy acrylic paint on Plexiglas layered on the brilliant radiance of Hammond’s industrious mediums articulate quite glowingly the artist’s fondness for ethereal tactility.
The unconventional application of Hammond’s paints, plastics, and metals strongly testifies to her versatility to combine and create conventional compositions out of anything, and seemingly, everything.