The Home Front: Jane Irish's Art of War, 2011
Text by Glenn Adamson
48 pages, Softcover
Published by Locks Art Publications
This fully illustrated catalog includes an essay by Glenn Adamson, Head of Graduate Studies, Research Department, Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Irish's work addresses the representation of the physical and emotional landscapes of Vietnam, both before and after the Vietnam War. The artist's large scale paintings and decorative vases honor the anti-war legacy, without being consumed in bloody imagery. Irish juxtaposes the writing of a Vietnamese poet with images of American war protesters; poetry of a Vietnam War veteran with lavish rococo interiors that represent a suggested oligarchy. Jane Irish received her MFA from Queens College, CUNY, and has exhibited in New York and Philadelphia since 1983. Her work has been featured recently in exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE. She is a 2009 recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation, Painters and Sculptors Grant. This will be Irish's third exhibition at Locks Gallery.