COA’s Blum Gallery Presents Jane Davis Doggett

Eagle over the Porcupines by Jane Davis Doggett
Eagle over the Porcupines by Jane Davis Doggett
Posted July 02, 2012, at 1:19 p.m.
Last modified July 02, 2012, at 2:25 p.m.

Saturday, July 7 to Friday, August 3, 2012; 11:16 a.m. to 4:16 p.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic - Ethel H. Blum Gallery , 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

Contact: Donna Gold; 207-801-5623


Pioneering artist shows graphic art reflecting philosophy and water’s beauty

BAR HARBOR, ME—Pioneering artist Jane Davis Doggett will be displaying her bold, graphic images at College of the Atlantic’s Ethel H. Blum Gallery this summer. Her exhibit “Talking Graphics with Waterscapes” draws from two bodies of Doggett’s most recent work. It runs Monday through Saturday,

from Saturday, July 7 to Friday, Aug. 3, with an opening on Friday, July 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Summer hours for the museum are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Doggett is best known for her ability to design graphics systems in public arenas so as to assist and direct people. She has pioneered wayfinding—making convention centers and airport directions more understandable. Her work has can be seen in many international hubs, among them Washington-Baltimore, Miami, Newark, and George Bush-Houston, where she innovated the coding system distinguishing terminals by letter, designing letter forms and containers using different colors to enhance the identity of the separate terminals.

“Talking Graphics” takes this interest in accessibility into the profound. From the Bible to Galileo to Chinese proverbs, Doggett uses colored geometric designs to express proverbs, sayings, and quotations from which she derives personal meaning. An artist book of the same title was issued in 2007, and Doggett has continued to explore this medium. According to art critic Carl Little, “The images recall op art, yet they have the added power of their origins in philosophy and scripture.” In an article in the Ellsworth American, Little quoted art dealer John Payson on Doggett’s work: “Each of her designs is a bon mot unto itself,” said the noted collector.

The other portion of the Blum show, “Waterscapes,” is inspired by Doggett’s love of the water and natural environments. Says Doggett, “I live by the Atlantic Ocean—Florida in winter, Maine in summer— by the boundless sea, pounding and roaring to gentle and subtle, always surprising. In my art I am expressing the floating moving scapes where water changes place with sky, where clouds sail on tides, and outrageous colors of sunrise and sunset pour into currents.”

Doggett trained at the Yale School of Art and Architecture during its modernist heyday, working with artist Josef Albers, architect Louis Kahn, and graphic designer Alvin Eisenman. Their focus on conveying information through graphics, color, and form has had a lasting impact on Doggett, who frequently invents techniques to further her ideas. To transfer her original hand drawings to printed media, she scans segments into Adobe Vector templates on an Apple computer using an innovative process she calls electronic silk screening. Because the software is vector—as opposed to pixel—images can be enlarged into prints to virtually any size and still remain in focus.

Of added interest will be the display of Doggett’s small prints and her wearable art—silk scarves and neckties that she has designed using images from her art, produced in 100 percent Chinese silk.

For more information on the “Talking Graphics with Waterscapes” exhibit by Jane Davis Doggett, contact College of the Atlantic at 207-288-5015. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs Monday through Saturday, Saturday, July 7 to Friday, Aug. 3, with an opening on Friday, July 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.