GRAFFITI BYTES an art exhibition by Jane Lubin opens at the NCC West Campus Community Gallery on Monday, October 3, and is on display until Wednesday, November 16, 2011. Jane Lubin, a mixed media artist whose work spans several genres, works in acrylic painting, collage, digitally manipulated photographic collage, and polymer clay to make jewelry. As an eye surgeon by training, she has always had a fascination with anatomical shapes, and does not mind working at a microscopic level, and in small spaces!
Halloween, digital print, 2010
Lubin describes this body of work in the following artist's statement: “Although some people consider graffiti vandalism, as an artist I have always enjoyed seeing this spontaneous expression of exuberance as I walk down city streets. All of the works in this exhibition are composed of photographs which I have taken over the last three to four years in New York City and Italy (primarily Rome & Florence). These photos then serve as the raw material from which elements are cut and pasted within the computer in the same way classic collage uses scissors and glue. Images are taken in part, and rearranged, layered, and made into new compositions. I do enjoy classic cut & paste collage, and I adore the feel of the paper and the process of rearranging pieces. However, in the computer I have certain tools that classic cut & paste collagists do not have, such as: changing the color of the elements, distortion of the original photographic pieces, the ability to use various degrees of transparency in the layers, and blending edges so that it is not apparent where one picture ends and the other starts. Also, because of the ability to make elements transparent, there is really no limit to the number of layers that can be used in each piece. As a result of these special tools, the final work can look more unified than classic collage. But certainly, digital photo collage is an extension of my classic collage work, and each has influenced the other.”
Lubin has shown her work at the regional, national and international levels. She has done juried and solo shows in Connecticut, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Rhode Island, California and Michigan. As president of the Women’s Caucus for Art—Connecticut Chapter, she has curated area group shows, including a collaborative installation at the University of New Haven’s Seton Gallery and a show at the Fairfield Arts Council for the Women’s Caucus for Art. As a Westport resident and member of the Westport Arts Center, she has had a solo show at Westport Arts Center (2006), a solo show in the Director’s Gallery at Fairfield Arts Council, and served as chairperson of the WAC solo shows this year, as well as juror of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association Summer Arts Festival. Lubin is also an adjunct instructor at NCC.
The NCC West Campus Community Gallery hours are Monday–Thursday 9:00 am–9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 9:00 am–5:00 pm, closed on Sunday. For further information contact Susan Hardesty, Director of the NCC Art Gallery, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 857-7197.