Faculty Response:
When American artist Jane Hammond created this painting in 1989, she had recently established a METHODOLOGY system for image-making that would serve her for many years to follow. Culling from books on - among others - science, religion, alchemy and magic, Hammond collected 272 illustrations and recomposed these images over and over to produce new formal and conceptual relationships. At the time, Hammond cited her primary creative influences as the systems-oriented composer John Cage, as well as the mechanics of written language. Her use of collage technique is clearly informed by Dada artists such as Hannah Hoch and Max Ernst. There is no “key” to this work in its title (“Untitled”). The six separate vignettes are unified by a limited color palette, as well as the consistent style of their rendering. They have been carefully painted to resemble the original reference images. Their grid-like organization - which can be read as either rows or columns - incites our natural compulsion to find meaningful patterns or connections, a psychological phenomenon known as “Apophenia”. Brett Colley Department of Visual and Media Arts
Related Objects
Current Location:
Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons -> 2nd Floor (LIB)
Location Notes:
LIB; 2nd fl., Open-Computer Lab, right of Bridge to Book Area

William Lieberman Collection of Contemporary Art ➔ Untitled (225, 95, 240, 34, 260)

Artwork
Medium:
Oil on Canvas
Date:
1989
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 76 in Width: 70 in
Description:
A painting with a collage of images. In the upper left corner is a house balancing on a piece of rock that tapers to a point at the bottom. Beneath that there is a face being stretched apart by two hands. In the center there is one hand making a knot in a yellow cloth. Above that, are two hands using a manual drill on a yellow surface. In the upper right corner is a hand holding several, yellow dollar bills. Beneath it is a hand holding a rod with a "B" in a yellow circle at the top, there is a white silhouette around the hand in the shape of a person. The background is a dark pink.
Historical Context:
"When American artist Jane Hammond created this painting in 1989, she had recently established a METHODOLOGY system for image-making that would serve her for many years to follow. Culling from books on - among others - science, religion, alchemy and magic, Hammond collected 272 illustrations and recomposed these images over and over to produce new formal and conceptual relationships. At the time, Hammond cited her primary creative influences as the systems-oriented composer John Cage, as well as the mechanics of written language. Her use of collage technique is clearly informed by Dada artists such as Hannah Hoch and Max Ernst. There is no “key” to this work in its title (“Untitled”). The six separate vignettes are unified by a limited color palette, as well as the consistent style of their rendering. They have been carefully painted to resemble the original reference images. Their grid-like organization - which can be read as either rows or columns - incites our natural compulsion to find meaningful patterns or connections, a psychological phenomenon known as “Apophenia”. - Brett Colley, GVSU Department of Visual and Media Arts

Wikipedia Summary:

Jane R. Hammond (born 1950) is an American artist who lives and works in New York City. She was influenced by the late composer John Cage. She collaborated with the poet John Ashbery, making 62 paintings based on titles suggested by Ashbery; she also collaborated with the poet Raphael Rubinstein.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Hammond