Art Uncovered - Jane Dickson

Premiere DateApr 10, 2012
00:00 Thomas Intro
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02:03 Jane Dickson interview pt. 1
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05:24 Little Eyes Yo La Tengo
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06:52 Jane Dickson interview pt. 2
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09:43 The Stars and Stripes Forever Matmos
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10:32 Jane Dickson interview pt. 3
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12:59 Tiny Cities Made of Ashes Modest Mouse
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15:31 Jane Dickson interview pt. 4
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19:04 Straight to the Top (Rhumba) Tom Waits
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21:29 Jane Dickson interview pt. 5
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24:44 Me and the Major Belle and Sebastian
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28:33 Jane Dickson interview pt. 6
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31:09 Credit in the Straight World Young Marble Giants
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33:34 Jane Dickson interview pt. 7
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36:48 Peeping Tomboy Kurt Vile
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40:26 Finish
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My guest on the show this week is painter Jane Dickson. Jane has a show up at Valentine Gallery in Ridgewood Queens called Eat Slots, Play Free. The paintings are based on photographs Jane took during a visit  to Las Vegas in 2009, right at the height of the housing bust. Instead of packed casino floors, Jane found desolate rows of video slots and gaming table. Her paintings juxtapose the hyper-saturated casino interiors with lone figures feeding change into slots.

Jane says her work focuses on the psychology of places, particularly places of entertainment and distraction. She got her start in the 1980s while living in times square, painting the scenes that she saw from her window of the shady street life below. Ever since she’s sought out psychologically charged places like peep shows, carnivals and strip malls. She sees herself as a kind of painter-reporter, depicting the human dramas that unfold as we seek to be distracted from our daily lives.

Jane has been painting and exhibiting her work in NYC for decades, and in 2008 she installed over five dozen mosaics in the times square subway station, which means her work will be publicly on view for at least another 100 years.

I met up with Jane at Valentine Gallery in Ridgewood, Queens to talk about her exhibition, her unique use of astro turf as a painting surface, and what it’s been like to watch new york city change over the last three decades.

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Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an…

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