One on One: Elizabeth Jaeger Talks ‘Hours,’ Her New Show of Portraiture at Jack Hanley Gallery
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One on One: Elizabeth Jaeger Talks ‘Hours,’ Her New Show of Portraiture at Jack Hanley Gallery

“Hours” installation view. JACK HANLEY GALLERY “Sculpture is so heavy and fragile, and you really have to have the setup for it,” the New York–based artist Elizabeth Jaeger told me recently. Over the past decade or so, Jaeger has concentrated mostly on that medium, but on the day we spoke, we were standing in a room hung with around 50 portraits dyed onto woven silk, some of them gently swaying on the wall. These works comprise Jaeger’s current exhibition, “Hours,” which is on view through February 10 at Jack Hanley Gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. “I used to paint a lot in high school and some in college, and I wanted to do something that felt less caustic, both on my own body and on the spaces I was inhibiting,” Jaeger said, of her return to painting, which started in 2017, at the Shandaken: Storm King arts residency in New York’s Hudson Valley. It was there that Jaeger started making dye-on-silk works out of her window at night. Once she was back in New York, she tried to approximate the process at her Brooklyn studio, but her view was decidedly less bucolic: all she could see was another […]

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