Jennifer Bailey & Kazimierz Jankowski
In Bloom – 2011
For this collaborative exhibition Jennifer Bailey and Kazimierz Jankowski presented a series of expressive oil paintings of jugs, shown against ornate wall paintings that were intended to complicate their understanding whilst providing the conditions for their appreciation.
Bailey’s Jug Study paintings were shown on the central gallery wall to either side of which were painted text-based illustrations by Jankowski. Jankowski is interested in the use of text as a framing device for artwork, specifically in respect to its limitations and potential to interfere with understanding. At the edges of the gallery, potted plants were positioned in front of the paintings. Like the letters in the illustrations, the plants are at once functional and decorative, and both complement and partially obscure the works.