Marfa-based artist and filmmaker Jennifer Lane presented a beautiful new group of works on paper in March 2013 entitled "bc".  Lane works in a variety of media, including film, guache, and collage.  For this exhibition, she has produced a number of large prints that resemble ancient stone steles or statues.

Photo by Alex Marks

Each of the works is roughly four feet wide by six and a half feet tall.  Lane chose to hang each of the works so that the bottom of the work is about two feet from the floor, giving the viewer a sense of a body more or less human-scaled, standing or perhaps hovering over them.   There's definitely a sense of these being deities, with a variety of possible attributes.

In addition to the main body of large prints, "bc" includes four of Lane's gorgeous collage works, which remind me a little of her previous work from recent years.

Photo by Alex Marks

Historically, her works have been marked by their metamorphic qualities, and I mean metamorphic in the Ovidian sense.  Bodies of mushrooms, flowers, birds or moths become bodies of women and vice versa. Or the same may sprout limbs, wings or stalks of one or the other.  She also makes strong singular forms that consist of parts of any or all of these.  And there are solid painted forms that maintain organic resemblance but without figural aspects. Have a look at her work at her website, if you'd like to see what I'm trying to say.

Jennifer Lane was born in Dallas and currently lives and works in Marfa.  She studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.  Her films, collages, and drawings have been exhbited at the Castillo Di Rivoli in Turin, the ZKM Center for Experimental Media and Technology in Karlsruhe, the Royal Collage of Art in London, the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Bonelli Contemporary in Los Angeles, and on Japanese television.