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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tom Doyle and Jane Doyle at La Motta Fine Art in Hartford

La Motta Fine Art
11 Whitney Street
Hartford, CT
Jane Doyle--Weaving
Tom Doyle--Sculpture
May 30–June 28, 2008
Opening reception: Fri., May 30, 6–8 p.m.

Note: An interview with Tom Doyle is featured in the current issue of The Brooklyn Rail. "Rail: Is there a reason why you have been so reluctant to show your work for so long? Doyle: Well. A while ago I told a dealer that, 'You know, I felt like a girl who quit the whorehouse when she found out the others were getting paid...I mean I only did it for love.'" (While you're at The Rail's website, make sure to check out my review of the Tomma Abts painting show currently on view at The New Museum of Contemporary Art.)

Press release

LA MOTTA Fine Art is pleased to announce the presentation of a two-person exhibition featuring the bronze and wood sculptures of Tom Doyle and the weavings of Jane Doyle. An opening reception will take place on Friday, May 30th from 6-8 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

Husband and wife, Tom and Jane Doyle have been working separately together for over thirty years. This exhibition counterpoints the gesture of Tom Doyle’s sculptures with the geometric patterning of Jane Doyle’s weavings.

Tom Doyle began his career in the 1960’s. His early years included his first marriage to the artist Eva Hesse, and a series of exhibitions throughout Germany that resulted from a 15 month residency in Berlin at the invitation of a German industrialist / art collector. For over 40 years, Doyle has been creating dynamic sculptures carved from beams of cherry, oak, butternut and sassafras woods, and exhibiting steadily in group and one-person exhibitions throughout the country and abroad. Influenced by the paintings of Abstract Expressionist, Franz Kline and the American and European bridge builders of the 19th Century, Doyle’s sculptures transform gesture into three-dimensional space, and integrate elements of balance, weight, cantilever and tension. In works titled after Celtic locales, Doyle’s sculptures have an impact that is visual and visceral. This exhibition will feature a recently completed 4’ x 6’ x 11’ floor sculpture in wood, along with two site-specific wall pieces, in addition to a group of new small bronzes cast from wood.

“...the way Doyle lofts all this bulky material into the air is quite marvelous, but the real excitement of the piece(s) comes from the sense of strain and reach in its overall gesture.” – Robert Taplin / New York Times

Jane Doyle is a self-taught weaver and began making rag rugs more than 25 years ago. She discovered a traditional, though little used rag rug technique called Taquete or Summer and Winter on Opposites, that allowed her to incorporate new contemporary designs in a traditional manner. Because of the durability resulting from her technique, the rugs are intended for practical use, however, their distinctive designs lend themselves as wall hangings, which is how they will be displayed in this exhibition.

Jane Doyle has exhibited her weavings throughout New England and New York. She was born in New York City and is the daughter of American playwright, Arthur Miller. She and her husband, Tom Doyle live and work in Western Connecticut.


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