With scenes from never-composed narratives, intimate visions of nonexistent people and humorous versions of classical painterly genres, Jane Corrigan inserts viewers into a world she remakes in her own image. Corrigan’s oil paintings depict scenes drawn from the artist’s imagination that simultaneously invoke art history and popular culture. She creates deconstructions of artistic tradition in a history of male-dominated painting. The scenarios in Corrigan’s paintings unfold in a hard-to-determine era, a somewhat slippery time zone that invokes Pieter Bruegel the Edler’s genre scenes as much as Walt Disney’s animated realities.
Corrigan’s confusion of time (and place) affords her work a paradoxically timeless quality. Throughout her work Corrigan takes great risks with her engagement with humor, allowing it to surface while also deftly holding it in check, never allowing the comedic to undermine the evident seriousness of her art. Seen together Corrigan’s paintings suggest a constantly unfolding yet fragmentary narrative, a story with no beginning or end, a fictional realm brought to life through the act and materiality of painting.
Corrigan received an MFA from Purchase College S.U.N.Y in 2009. She has had solo exhibitions at Feuer/Mesler, Retrospective, Kerry Schuss and White Columns in New York, NY. Her paintings have appeared in several group exhibitions at White Columns, Sikkema Jenkins & Co, C24 Gallery in New York, NY, among others. Corrigan was a 2013-14 resident at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, Brooklyn, NY; a 2012-2013 Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA; as well as a 2013 recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award.
b. 1980, Shawville, Quebec
lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario
2009 MFA, Purchase College S.U.N.Y. Purchase, NY
2003 BFA, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS
2002 Yale Summer School of Art and Music Norfolk, CT
EvilActivity123; Feuer/Mesler; New York, NY
Lightning!; Retrospective; Hudson, NY
Jane Corrigan; Kerry Schuss; New York, NY
Jane Corrigan; White Columns (project); New York, NY
Liver, Loner; organized by Keith J. Varadi; David Shelton Gallery; Houston, TX
Outside, curated by Matthew Higgs; Karma; Amagansett, NY
Figuratively, organized by Matthew Higgs; WILKINSON Gallery; London, UK
Jane Corrigan, Meredith James, Gloria Maximo, Dasha Shishkin; Feuer/Mesler; New York, NY
Half Drop; Kerry Schuss; New York, NY
I am the Magic Hand, organized by Josephine Halvorson; Sikkema Jenkins & Co; New York, NY
Extravagant Features, curated by Clarissa Dalrymple; C24 Gallery; New York, NY
White Columns; Independent; New York, NY
Breaks and Breaks; Provincetown Art Association and Museum; Provincetown, MA
White Columns; NADA; Miami, FL
White Columns; Independent; New York, NY
New York – New Tendencies; Marianne Friis Gallery; Copenhagen, Denmark
Associates; 1717 Troutman; Brooklyn, NY
Goodbye Space Shuttle; The Active Space; Brooklyn, NY
MFA Thesis; Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery; Purchase College, Purchase, NY
The Shape of Things; ESP; Toronto, Canada
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant
2013 - 2014
Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program, Brooklyn, NY
2012 - 2013
Fellow, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY
Weir Farm National Historic Site, Wilton, CT
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