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Paradise Alley
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< Paradise Alley>, Oilstick on Canvas, 90 x 40 inch, 1983

I was living in an apartment in Times Square in the 1980s. This painting is of the view out my 6th floor window looking across 8th Avenue at 43rd Street. I spent a lot of time sketching there then making paintings of key images of people trying to carry on their lives in this crazy world as I was doing myself. 

The compositions for this series of vertical cityscape paintings were inspired by the extreme diagonal compositions of Japanese Ukiyo-e prints and the aerial perspective of Chinese vertical landscape scrolls. The canyons between buildings here echo the towering mountains and valleys of China.

 

 

 

 

 

About Artist

Jane Dickson(b. 1952-, USA)

Jane Dickson graduated from Harvard University in 1976 and moved to New York. Along with David Wojnarowicz, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, and film maker and husband Charlie Ahearn, Dickson was influenced by a variety of subcultures including downtown art, punk rock, and hip hop. 

Dickson worked the nightshift as a graphic animator for media canvases on New York Time Square when she started working on her own project inspired by the view from her window: the nightscape of Time Square, adult entertainment businesses, and the people on the street. Her works document the fear and lonesome of the night streets in order to overcome them. Flashy neon signs contrasted sharply with the dark background and ambiguous figures of people, evoking the sensations of the dark allies of the 80s New York. 

Since then, Dickson continued working with the theme of emptiness and the flip side of the glamorous city. Her works dealt with the new years events and carnivals as well as the emptiness that reside afterwards, vacant streets from sports events, and the highways in the wee hour. During the recession in 2008, she completed the Casino series by revisiting the 80s’ New York Time Square, portraying unrealistic images of desires and sorrow. 

At the same time, Dickson attempted to transition the era’s darkness and her complicated experiences with paintings of young people enjoying the carnival and cheerful mosaic murals at the Time Square subway station. 

Currently, Dickson is showing her works in museums and galleries in prominent cities including New York. 

 

Reference citation 

Gwynned Vitello. “Jane Dickson In the Middle of the Night.” juxtapoz art&culture. September 13 2021. https://www.juxtapoz.com/news/magazine/features/jane-dickson-in-the-middle-of-the-night/

At the same time, Dickson attempted to transition the era’s darkness and her complicated experiences with paintings of young people enjoying the carnival and cheerful mosaic murals at the Time Square subway station. 

Currently, Dickson is showing her works in museums and galleries in prominent cities including New York. 

 

Reference citation 

Gwynned Vitello. “Jane Dickson In the Middle of the Night.” juxtapoz art&culture. September 13 2021. https://www.juxtapoz.com/news/magazine/features/jane-dickson-in-the-middle-of-the-night/

 

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