• Foster Prize

    Wall Text (by Randi Hopkins): Joe Zane presents a number of works that employ traditional artistic media and subject matter, including a bust cast in plaster and portraits rendered in oil paint, yet upon closer inspection, the possibility arises that none of Zane’s works are quite what they seem. The carefully arranged works are positioned to reflect and interact with each other, as the artist explores questions of artistic originality, the nature of representation, and the spirit of competition with humor and skill. The identity, and originality, of a painted portrait is called into question by the existence of an apparent “twin” on an adjacent wall, but are the two works really the same? Is it helpful to know that they were both painted, following the artist’s instructions, by workers in a factory in China? A third portrait appears to be hidden behind a drape – its title, The Triumph of Parrhasius (2008), refers to an ancient Greek painting contest in which the artist painted a “veil” across his work that was so lifelike that his competitor did not realize he had been taken in until he moved to draw back the “curtain” from Parrhasius’ painting. The idea of doubles pervades Zane’s installation: double meanings, double images, and double languages take many forms here, from the visual double-take engendered by an object that might be a vase of flowers, or a double portrait, to the call and response of the painting For Pistoletto (I love you too) (2008), created in reference to a famed 1965 painting “Ti Amo” (I love you) by Italian Arte Povera artist Michelangelo Pistoletto. The connections between the works, whether with other works in the gallery, with works from art history, or with objects found in our everyday lives, are open to multiple interpretations, each different, complex, and equally correct. Photography by John Kennard * Note: On November 13, 2008, This key work in Zane’s installation has been temporarily removed from the show after it was unfortunately broken. The artist worked to create a new piece to take its place. ** On Novemeber 26, the artist installed Doppelgänger to replace Tulip Head.