Artist’s book takes a polka-dotted look at America’s checkered past
Release date: May 26, 2015
Chatwin Books/Artist Series #1
Incorporating the rich visuals of mid-twentieth century advertising, architecture, and fabrics, and lifting narratives from art history and setting them in the geometrically dreamy landscape of mid-century modernist architecture, the painter unpacks the battered and remarkably resilient American Dream.
SEATTLE, WA, April 22, 2015 – Artist Jane Richlovsky’s new book, Fabric of the American Dream will debut May 26, 2015 in two editions, a limited signed hardcover bound in patterned cloth, and an unlimited paperback version. Both editions feature gorgeous full-color reproductions of Richlovsky’s paintings, additional visuals illuminating her process and source material, a signed insert of a larger reproduction of one of the paintings, essays by art critic Jim Demetre and the artist, and vintage snapshots of the patterned milieu from whence she sprang, and that still informs her aesthetic sensibility.
In her paintings, Richlovsky tackles the myth of the American Dream, scavenging images of happy housewives and their idealized mates and children from mid-twentieth century magazines and reworking them into new, less tidy narratives. In the series reproduced in the book, her compositions are inspired by Eduouard Manet’s ambiguous mid-nineteenth century ones.
“In Richlovsky’s paintings, mass-market decorative arts and Americana socialist realism meet at the crossroads of the satirical and the surreal,” writes art critic Jim Demetre in the book’s text. “Richlovsky’s understanding of our collective visual history . . . allows her to employ the powerful seduction of nostalgia while showcasing its inherent falsehoods and complexities.”
Richlovsky paints on found, vintage, printed fabrics, integrating the patterns seamlessly into the compositions as clothing and furniture. Fabric of the American Dream highlights the fabric’s role as the literal foundation of her work, and makes visible the presence of pattern as it weaves through social history and bubbles up into the painted narratives.
Jane Richlovsky’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States, including the Museum of Northwest Art and the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington; JoAnne Artman Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA; LA Art Show and A Shenere Velt Gallery in Los Angeles; The Painting Center in New York City; Heineman-Myers Contemporary Art in Bethesda, MD; Art Now Miami in Miami Beach, Art Santa Fe; the Butte-Silver Bow Arts Foundation in Montana; and in Seattle at the Fetherston Gallery, Atelier 31, the Seattle Art Museum Gallery, and Pratt Gallery. A TED speaker, she has also received grants from the George Sugarman Foundation, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the King County Arts Commission, and Artist Trust. Her work is included in the collection of the King County International Airport and in private collections around the world.