October 20 - November 17, 2007Sister is pleased to present Giotto’s Dream an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Jeni Spota. Using Pasolini’s interpretation of Boccaccio’s medieval allegory The Decameron, specifically Giotto’s dream sequence, Spota’s paintings blend traditional religious painting with a hallucinatory vibrancy. While the framing and size of each piece remains consistent, each is unique and frenzied with dozens of characters built up through a dense application of oil paint. Spota’s imagery takes on it’s own character through the insertion of contemporary structures and its deviance in narrative, each dreamscape is given a life of its own through a variety of iconic images, character interactions, structures and situations. Together the paintings form a vague narrative, steeped in religious tradition, yet they maintain informality and remain cryptic.
This is Jeni Spota’s first solo exhibition. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and currently lives and works in Chicago.