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About The Artist, Jane Mulfinger
Mulfinger’s early work is recognized as addressing the relationship between architecture, memory, and the human body. Her representation of the familiar disrupts and challenges our sense of site and our understanding of history. Mulfinger posits the sociological, political, and formal/spatial contexts of architecture and history with the objects and text that she incorporates. Writing in Art & Design, John Stathatos describes Mulfinger’s work as a response to “the complex, fragmentary character of the contemporary city and the way this affects its inhabitants.” This approach can be seen in much of her work since 1989; Common Knowledge, an etched glass panels installed in St. Pancras Station, London, with collected European jokes in their original languages; I Battuti Bianchi, in Carignano, Italy, that fuses the history of the architectural site with the human desire for ascendance; Armory as Cathedral, Beyond the Visible Spectrum in Pasadena transforms locally discarded red and blue clothing into pseudo stained glass; and The Fictive City and Its Real Estate: The Tale of the Transcontinental Railroad illuminates a specific history of urban decline and renewal in the Los Angeles Chinatown(s) using the background of railroad construction in the West. For this work, Norman Klein collaborated with his essay, “The Three Chinatowns”. Her longstanding Regrets series, (Cambridge, Paris, Linz and Santa Barbara), is a growing archive of anonymous regrets, their collection staged in city-centres with computers on backpacks. The series takes on the nature of human regret, proposing that the concise admissions and reflections are positive indicators of the potential for learning and renewal.
Exhibitions of her work have taken place at Beaconsfield Gallery, the Mayor Gallery, Camden Arts Center, Underwood St. Gallery, London, the Orchard Gallery, Derry, CCA Glasgow, Franklin Furnace Archive, New York, Southhampton Museum of Art, and Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin. She has curated exhibitions for the Art Design and Architecture Museum, the College of Creative Studies, UCSB, and Beaconsfield Gallery, London.
Reviews of her work have been published in Flash Art, Art and Design, Contemporary Visual Art, Art Monthly, Untitled, The Economist, The Times (London), The Guardian, La Stampa, the Los Angeles Times, and regular coverage in London’s Time-Out Magazine under the direction of Sarah Kent. Radio interviews include BBC Cambridge, Radio 1, Austria, Vimeo, and Daily Motion.