Jane Dickson’s powerful, glowing depictions of the American ethos address cultural ideals of mobility and independence, and the architectures of distraction and temptation that surround them, including: Times Square, Vegas casinos, demolition derbies, billboards, parking lots, gas stations and highways. This series of drawings are studies made from early Times Square negatives as well as more recent Brooklyn images the artist digitized during the city’s shutdown in 2020—images she had not seen since they were first taken. Each image captures the seductive texture of time and place. Since arriving in New York City in 1977, Dickson has carried a small camera with her everywhere, documenting the shards of drama playing out around her. Dickson’s work stands as an important cultural document, while also inextricably reflecting the artist’s own life, movements and experiences.
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Jane Dickson is a painter and photographer whose glowing depictions of America have captured global acclaim. An observer of street life, Dickson addresses ideas of social mobility and independence in her work. Her work is an important document of New York City’s creative history, connecting the downtown art and punk scenes to uptown graffiti and hip-hop subcultures.