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(Posted 1-10-03)
Contact: Patti Gross, 336-334-5770

Weatherspoon Art Museum to Open Exhibition
by Visiting Artist Jane Hammond on Jan. 19
 
No Trigger No Cry by Jane Hammond

GREENSBORO, NC – The Weatherspoon Art Museum is continuing its Falk Visiting Artist series with an exhibition by New York-based artist Jane Hammond,  opening on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. Hammond will be in residence at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in late January. She will give a gallery talk in her exhibition on Monday, Jan. 27, at 4 p.m. and a slide lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m. The events are free, and the public is invited.

Jane Hammond is well known for paintings and drawings filled with signs and images of all kinds. Collected from a variety of sources – biology, mathematics, popular culture, and children's stories, to name a few – she has compiled a system of 276 symbols and employs them in her work to address the relationship between language, perception, memory and judgment.

For her Weatherspoon exhibition, Hammond has created a new body of work that incorporates her personal lexicon. Included are four large paintings on wood which resemble opened, three-ring binders. On the pages, Hammond links various images with phonetic instructions to "spell" puzzle answers that are cued by the title. These rebus-like works are not only reminiscent of the classic television game show "Concentration," but also suggest other relationships. On the one hand, each painting contains a solution that can be found quickly and cleverly.  On the other, these iconic images allow Hammond to braid together associations that words alone may not convey.

In 1994, Hammond was selected to participate in the Weatherspoon's 30th annual Art On Paper exhibition. Her 1993 work, "Tricky Finger," was acquired from the exhibition and is now part of  the museum's Dillard Collection.  The piece is a collage on rice paper and shares Hammond's adopted pictorial language. It will be on view later this winter in Women Artists from the Permanent Collection, which opens March 2.

Hammond’s work was recently seen in an installation at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris and in a nationally traveling exhibition of her collaborations with the poet, John Ashbery, organized by the Center for Contemporary Art in Cleveland. In November, she produced a limited edition artist’s book in collaboration with Dieu Donné Papermill in New York City.

Current exhibitions, on view are: AOP 2002: The 37th Art On Paper Exhibition, through Jan. 19, Cathy de Monchaux: Falk Visiting Artist, through Jan. 26, The Cone Family Legacy, through Feb. 16. Viewing hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday  10 a.m. - 5 p.m.;  Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Visit the Weatherspoon's Website by clicking here.

Visitor parking and admission to the museum are free. Please note, on weekdays, it is necessary to display a visitor's pass to park in the museum's designated spaces.  Please request a pass from the attendant at the first floor reception desk. The museum is wheelchair accessible. For further information about upcoming exhibitions and artists, or to request images, contact Patti Gross at 336-334-5770 or email mpgross@uncg.edu.

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