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Jane Fox Hipple, Pink Thing, 2011, spray paint on wood, plaster, and tape, 10 x 7 x 1 3/4".

Jane Fox Hipple

Dodge Gallery

Jane Fox Hipple, Pink Thing, 2011, spray paint on wood, plaster, and tape, 10 x 7 x 1 3/4".

The title of Jane Fox Hipple’s exhibition “The Way of Things” suggests a rather matter-of-fact approach to artmaking, one rooted in the everyday and concerned more with direct observation—even with a kind of logic—than with flights of imaginative fancy. Yet while Hipple certainly makes use of quotidian materials and sticks to a modest scale, she attempts to unite her object-paintings via an interlinking structure derived in part from narrative fiction. Her works are outwardly abstract and seem independent of one another, but titles such as Narrator, 2011, and Supporting Role, 2012, suggest that these might not be mere passersby, but rather players in an ongoing drama. There’s a connectedness in their arrangement too, almost as if each individual work were a grammatical component of a sentence.

Hipple describes her project as “a visual display of my argument about whether

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