On February 1, 2013, the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center will present a solo exhibition by Fort Myers artist Cindy Jane. Titled Morphic Adaptations, it will feature a series of large scale works that delve into a world of transgenic and geomorphic landscapes made up of biomorphic and abstract shapes that merge terrestrial, aquatic, and celestial environments. The exhibit opens at 6:00 p.m. during Art Walk, and continues through February 22.
“In Cindy Jane’s latest paintings, she creates an ambiguous terrain with forms reminiscent of anatomic and botanic structures,” the Davis Art Center states in its press release announcing the exhibit. “Motifs of birth and decay combine with fragments of modern culture and representations of the human figure while organic formations take center stage with lyrical eloquence and compositional mastery. Figurative and erotic elements help to shape a futuristic and ecological narrative. Her paintings take us on a sinuous path into what seems to be the regenerative aftermath of a new world.”
Completely self-taught, Jane has only been painting since 2004, although she began exhibiting after only a year of work in the medium. “A lot of experimentation,” is her ready explanation for her remarkable progress in both concept and technical prowess over that span. “A lot of experimentation.”
“I took a photography class years ago and that changed the way I looked at things,” Cindy explains. “At the same time, I was studying a little bit of art history [as well as drawing and basic design] at Edison Community College and became fascinated with painting and wanted to try it. I wanted to create things, not necessarily record them. I wanted that tactile quality that drawing and painting offer, and to have that connection to the work.”
Jane’s work has been shown throughout southwest Florida. In 2012, Jane had three paintings included in HOWL Gallery’s Fourth Annual SWFL Lives! group show. That exhibition followed her solo show Pathos, Ethos and Origins at Arts for ACT Gallery in November of 2011. Cindy also participated during 2011 in Arts for ACT’s Fourth Annual Open Theme Exhibition and daas Gallery’s Skin 2011 competition and exhibition, where her entry, Potent Elixir, was awarded Best of Show by a three-panel jury consisting of Canterbury School art instructor Nick Grey, Gulf Coast Times editor/writer Yahanna de la Torre, and professional photographer Suzanne Smith.
“Having … been awarded Best in Show during daas gallery’s Skin 2011 exhibition, and with her upcoming solo show at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, she is quickly becoming recognized as an artist of distinction,” the Davis press release concludes.
Modern urban expressionist Marcus Jansen agrees. “The combination of familiar and unfamiliar is what draws you in,” Jansen observes. Which is what makes Jane’s contribution to the lexicon of the art world important.
“It’s important for an artist to do something unfamiliar in a convincing way,” Jansen adds. And that Jane’s work highly collectible. There just isn’t anyone else in her genre who’s doing what she does. And she’s only now just getting untracked.
Make plans to see this important exhibition for yourself. Morphic Adaptations opens February 1, 2013 with an Art Walk reception for the artist. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in the downtown Fort Myers River District. For more information, please visit www.sbdac.com or telephone 239-333-1933.