Jane Hammond


Like many contemporary artists, Jane Hammond has adopted a structure or system that might seem like a rejection of inventiveness, but that actually elaborates a rigorous defense of painting. In this exhibition Hammond came across as an archivist of diversity. Each of the nine works presented in this show is untitled and then subtitled with a string of curiosity-producing numbers that quickly reveal the artist is working with a limited set, currently 276, of found and numbered images and a restricted palette of four colors. All of Hammond’s works depart from some combination of these self-imposed limits. But Hammond distinguishes herself from others painting within predetermined constraints by the relationship between the limits she sets and the visual language that the process of painting creates.

Like a painted spill from her archive, Untitled (158, 231, 214, 244, 84, 156, 225, 64, 62,

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