Xylor Jane - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 14, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Canada Gallery, New York City
    Galerie Almine Rech, Paris
    Private Collection, Milan

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie Almine Rech, Xylor Jane Crisscross, 11 September–23 October 2010

  • Catalogue Essay

    American artist Xylor Jane applies numerology to her work through painting intricate patterns derived from algorithms. An almost literate paint-by-numbers in the most complex and mathematically grounded process, the obsessive dots of oil paint in classic ROYGBIV colours follows a strict pattern. Hidden within the repetitions are optical tricks, with VC III A (First Fall) appearing to have to heart shape embedded in its form. Through the intricacy of the arithmetically derived patterning, the creation of space within the two-dimensional canvas creates another level of illusion; Jane herself has spoken of this optical illusion: "a lot of the space that is just your eyes trying
    to locate the different dots … It’s a stress on your eyes that’s happening, and that creates this artifcial space" (in an interview by Alex Gartenfeld, ‘Xylor Jane Paints by Numbers’, Interview Magazine, January 2009).


VC III A (First Fall)

oil on panel
40.6 x 50.8 cm (15 7/8 x 20 in)
Initialled, titled and dated 'VC III A FIRST FALL Xylor Jane 02010' on the reverse.

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £13,750

Contemporary Art Day Sale

15 February 2013