Jane Dickson what surface to be snapshots from a gradual shifting motor vehicle. Some textual content may perhaps be slash off, or a depth of a signpost may possibly be zoomed into, and the hazy memory of the past arrives again to you by way of a sense of place and unknowable time. The works are tranquil, which results in a juxtaposition of a thing eerily tranquil and jarring NYC when its quiet at evening still has a weighty hum. 99¢ Goals, Dickson’s new solo clearly show at James Fuentes in NYC and her initially since her function was picked at the 2022 Whitney Biennial (aptly themed Silent As It truly is Held), is both of those an homage and current tense discussion about New York, with a perception of pandemic isolation and a town that is struggling to after once more locate its footing.
”At this place in my existence, my trajectory is not linear anymore, it truly is a spiral,” Dickson claimed in the exhibition catalog. “More than the final two decades, I experienced time to rethink my record. I am a distinctive person and the planet is a distinctive put and this neighborhood, as it stood, no lengthier exists. This get the job done of Periods Sq. which is from ’80s pictures is seriously the 1st time I am seeking again on a little something that is absent. Up until eventually now, my subject has been that I am normally on the lookout at factors that are anachronistic in the current. […] I consider that point of view virtually implies where by you are on the lookout from. I’m not offering you a universal truth: this is what this corner of modern day reality appears to be like to me from my location, suitable now.”
In this sense, I locate Dickson’s operate akin or in dialogue with Matt Bollinger, who we highlighted in our Spring 2022 edition and also speaks to the American psyche of time the two dropped and a current so in need of re-evaluation. Dickson is working from memory, memorializing a time but also knowledge that these forgotten places even now exist and have a daily life that hums alongside, even right after you depart. It’s a highly effective desire. —Evan Pricco