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Jane Foley: 2023-2024 WAP Exhibition

Jun 8, 2024 - Aug 3, 2024
12pm - 5pm

2023/2024 Working Artist Project

This round of Working Artist Projects was curated by Dr. Vivian Li, The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA)

About the Exhibition

“I have introduced neon into my studio practice and quickly found a deep affinity for it over the last year. Neon glass and concrete share certain qualities; they’re both liquid in their workable state, and both become brittle solids which can be strong yet fragile. To make some of these sculptures, I have formed ropes from clay and cement fiber, and made weavings around neons that both hold them up and tie them down. I also cast concrete directly into pool floats and balloons, capturing fleeting cavities made for air, allowing them to solidify with neon glass inextricably intertwined. When complete, these forms, squeezed and wrapped by neons and dried in my hands, are imprinted with the movements of support and touch required to make them.  I’m drawn to the care and playful experimentation required to make these sculptures work, physically. Each one often takes several broken versions to create one where the glass stays intact. The resulting sculptures’ hard and soft quality, appearing both liquid and solid, are poetically thick with parallels to gender fluidity and the precariousness of “passing” as a queer person, existing as both and neither of the binary states, but rather something else outside them.”

–Jane Foley

About Jane Foley

Jane Foley has created public sound sculptures for the Architecture Triennale in Lisbon, Portugal and La Friche Belle de Mai in Marseille, France with Zurich-based Sound Development City, as well as composed sounds that played in taxicabs throughout the 5th Marrakech Biennale in Morocco. In Atlanta, they have created works for the High Museum, Flux Projects, The Atlanta Contemporary, and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, among others. Foley currently teaches art at Emory University.

Major funding provided by the Charles Loridans Foundation, the Antinori Foundation, and the AEC Trust, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.