Jane Irish Cochin Chinoiserie Locks Gallery

Hanoi, Long Bien Bridge

2008

gouache on Tyvek, varnished

16 x 24 inches

Jane Irish Cochin Chinoiserie Locks Gallery

Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake

2008

gouache on tyvec, varnished

12 x 16 inches

Jane Irish Cochin Chinoiserie Locks Gallery

Central Highlands Dray Sap Falls

2008

gouache on tyvec varnished

16 x 20 inches

Jane Irish Cochin Chinoiserie Locks Gallery

Buon Ma Thout

2008

gouache on tyvec, varnished

24 x 24 inches

Jane Irish Cochin Chinoiserie

Vietnam Views Vase

2008

low fire whiteware, china paint, lustre, and underglaze

11 x 8 x 8 inches

Jane Irish Cochin Chinoiserie Locks Gallery

Ehrhart, Souvenirs Vase

2008

low fire whiteware, china paint, lustre and underglaze

12 x 11 x 11 inches

Jane Irish Cochin Chinoiserie Locks Gallery

Connolly Paquet Vase

2008

low fire whiteware, china paint, lustre and underglaze

12 x 11 x 11 inches

Jane Irish Cochin Chinoiserie Locks Gallery

Connolly Long Bien Bridge Vase

2008

low fire whiteware, china paint, lustre, and underglaze

11 x 8 x 8 inches

Jane Irish ceramic Locks Gallery

Ca Dao Vase, 2008
low fire whiteware, luster, china paint, and underglaze
12 x 11 x 11 inches

Jane Irish Cochin Chinoiserie Locks Gallery

Untitled, Sketchbook, 2008

mixed media on paper

10 x 13 3/4 inches

Jane Irish Cochin Chinoiserie Locks Gallery

Untitled, Sketchbook

2008

mixed media on paper

10 x 13 3/4 inches

Jane Irish Cochin Chinoiserie Locks Gallery

Untitled, Sketchbook

2008

mixed media on paper

10 x 13 3/4 inches

Press Release

December 2008, Philadelphia, PA – Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new vases and paintings by Jane Irish. Cochin Chinoiserie will be on view January 9th through February 21st, 2009. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, January 9, 2009, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
 
In her second exhibition at Locks Gallery, Jane Irish will show new vases - continuing to explore the politics and aftermath of the Vietnam War and the aesthetics of decadence. Irish will debut 10 new vases modeled after 18th and 19th century French Sevre porcelain which have images of Vietnamese landscapes and decorative detailing. These vases feature poetry by Vietnam Veterans and noted visual arts writers, such as Vincent Katz, Carter Ratcliff and Thomas Devaney. They will be seen against the backdrop of a large painting, incorporating protest imagery and rococo interiors - work for which the artist is known.
 
Irish, nominated in 2008 by The Print Center, received an Independence Foundation Fellowship and spent twenty-five days traveling and working in Vietnam. While there, Irish painted en plein air, capturing peaceful sites which once were the backdrop to combat during the Vietnam War. In coming to terms with the impact of American brutality and its legacy, Irish seeks the transcendent nature of art and “the universality of painting” in addressing the complicated history between the two nations.
 
Irish received her MFA from Queens College, CUNY, and has exhibited in New York and Philadelphia since 1983. Irish’s ceramic work can be seen in the Institute of Contemporary Art’s exhibition, Dirt on Delight: Impulses Which Form Clay (Jan 16 - Mar 29, 2009), which travels to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. In 2002-03, Irish created a large-scale installation for the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts - her first solo museum exhibition, History Lesson.