Altman Siegel is pleased to present Jessica Dickinson’s third solo exhibition with the gallery, titled As: Now. For this exhibition, four new paintings will be exhibited in the larger space, with sequential selections from each painting’s remainder sets installed in adjacent rooms.
Focusing on the sensations of time, light, and matter within shifting philosophical, perceptual and psychological states, Dickinson is interested in how the feeling of time passing can be at once physical, emotional, linguistic, and ephemeral. And through this, how painting proposes an important site of encounter within our contemporary environment of increasing disembodied exchanges.
Dickinson works on three to four paintings concurrently a year, putting each painting through a gradual accumulation of events that draw their direction from a specific period of lived life, where abrupt change is intertwined with minor, daily time. Working with oil paint on a plaster-like ground, these are extensive actions of countering speeds and pressures, from repetitive marking and notching, to aggressive chiseling, sudden removal, or covering. Moving through the works are forms that act as veils, thresholds, obstructions, or openings, abstracted from quotidian structures from everyday life. The fresco like surface creates a weight for the peripheral experience that is the subject of each piece, bringing the intangible into monumental form. Through this prolonged process, a different index of duration is manifested through the “remainders”. The large-scale graphite rubbings are made of the painting’s surface each time it has gone through a significant change, registering and extending a temporal narrative. Where the paintings compress time into chromatic, tactile, and luminous materiality, the remainders are ghost like topographies that imprint the not always visible.
Jessica Dickinson (b.1975) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Solo exhibitions include James Fuentes, New York; David Petersen Gallery, Minneapolis; and Maisterravalbuena, Madrid. Numerous group exhibitions include “New Ruins,” American University Art Museum, Washington D.C.; “Surfacing,” James Harris Gallery, Seattle; “See Sun and Think Shadow,” Gladstone Gallery, New York; “Same But Different,” Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens, Greece; “Room by Room: Monographic Presentations from The Faulconer and Rachofsky Collections,” The Warehouse, Dallas; “Jessica Dickinson, Oscar Murillo, Cammie Staros, & Phil Wagner,” Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles; “Come Through,” Sikkema Jenkins, New York; and “Besides, With, Against, and Yet: Abstraction and The Ready Made Gesture,” The Kitchen, New York.