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Jane Haskell

Prescience 97'


This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Jane Haskell was reading the newspaper on the morning of 12th September 2001 in her dining room. She was struck by the force of the images of the burning twin towers of the World Trade Center. But equally, she was astonished by the formal similarity of the image with a series of prints she had herself done in 1997, which were hanging on the walls of the room in which she was reading the newspaper. At the Mattress Factory, she has brought these reconfigured images together to create a powerful, emotive and meditative space.


Gestures 2: January 8 – February 28, 2002
About The Artist

Jane Haskell was born in Cedarhurst, Long Island, NY. She earned her BFA from Skidmore College and her MFA in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh. She taught art history for 10 years at Duquesne University, and in the late 1970s, Haskell began to work in fluorescent light and neon developing a relationship between neon light and the painted surface. Haskell’s designs range from Rothko-inspired painted canvases illuminated by neon, and 19’ tall painted-steel and neon sculpture – to major public commissions. Symbolism plays a significant role in Haskell’s artwork; for instance, her subway station installation (1982) is based on Pittsburgh’s confluence of three rivers. Her work is included in the collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Amherst College (Amherst, MA), the Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee, WI), the Museum of Neon Art (Los Angeles, CA), and the Westmoreland Museum of Art (Greensburg, Pennsylvania). In 2006, Jane Haskell was named “Artist of the Year” by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

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