Two Sides of a 45: Lisha Bai, J. Michael Deane, and Jane Fox Hipple
February 3 – March 10, 2012
(Jane Fox Hipple, Make Full, 2012)
Opening reception: Friday, February 3, 2012, from 6-9pm
The Des Lee Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Two Sides of a 45: Lisha Bai, J. Michael Deane, and Jane Fox Hipple. The works of these featured artists are tethered to each other loosely through geometry and a straightforward manipulation of materials and images. All three artists are alumni of Washington University in St. Louis, and are currently based across the country.
Two Sides of a 45 is a purposefully misleading title, as there are not just two different perspectives represented. An interesting dialogue is created when the work of one artist is placed within proximity of another artist’s work, especially when the artists are not expressively explicit in their content. For instance, when Deane’s work is juxtaposed against Bai’s, it can prompt a different “read” than when it is viewed next to Hipple’s work. The title poetically references a 45 rpm vinyl record, a 45° degree angle, and a .45 caliber pistol.
Gallery hours for this exhibition will be Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 1-6pm and by appointment.
Bai earned her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2001 and her MFA from Yale University in 2004. She was awarded a Terra Foundation for American Art Fellowship in Giverny, France, in 2004 and received the S.J. Wallace Truman Fund Award from the National Academy in New York in 2008. She has exhibited work in a variety of venues, including the National Academy, Smith-Stewart at Krut Projects, Regina Rex, and fordPROJECT (all New York); Jolie Laide (Philadelphia); and Franklin Art Works (Minneapolis). Bai lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y.
J. Michael Deane
Deane earned his BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design in 1999 and his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002. He has exhibited at Mount St. Mary’s College (Los Angeles); Krowswork and Hatch Gallery (both in Oakland, Calif.); the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery; and White Flag Projects and PSTL Gallery (both in St. Louis). Deane lives and works in Berkeley, Calif.
Jane Fox Hipple
Hipple earned her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004 and her MFA from Tulane University in 2008. She also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2009. Her most recent exhibitions were at DODGEgallery (New York), Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), and the Boston Center for the Arts. She also has exhibited at St. Cecilia’s Convent (Brooklyn, N.Y.), SamsØn (Boston), and The Green Project (New Orleans). Hipple lives and works in Montgomery, Ala.