blackbird spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1


ADAPTATION SYNDROME  |  Painting in Contemporary Image Culture

Jane Callister

 Drift, 2002
 Acrylic on canvas, 36'' x 48''
 Visual Arts Center of Richmond
 Courtesy Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago

The surreal landscapes in Jane Callister’s paintings are characteristic of the way in which she combines various aspects of the garish aesthetics that suffuse consumer and popular culture. Resembling avalanches of cake icing and candy-colored mudflows, they signify her intention to merge influences and blur “the gap between intellectual and popular pleasures.”