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JAN JOHNSON
 
The spider didn't answer,
Silk Thread and found object on cotton, 2009, 16.5" x 11"

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

The forms I build contain narratives of place, memory and relationships. How I construct these forms grows out of an understanding I have of the brain and its interior design. Cross-sections, maps and landscapes diagram and unfold the different levels of thought, comprehension and awareness that reside in the brain. Paint, pigment, collage and thread laid down as various marks embody a language that conveys and holds these stories just as the brain with one’s history.

Landscapes depict piles of color, weaving a mass I suppose as a brain, mostly my own, but sometimes includes my grandmother’s failing brain and sometimes my daughter’s newly forming brain. Existing in an invented landscape, I re-contextualize this form and re-plant my memories and thoughts of our lives at different stages. Simultaneously, they are memoirs and also presagements.

In the recent works I have exchanged brush and pigment for needle and thread, and I think of these as drawings and paintings with thread. I am interested in using maps, architectural and diagrammatic structures and imagery from science to construct my compositions, both formally and narratively. These maps and structures are personal geographies and refer to the body both imaginatively and physically. The density of stitches creates a flesh-like quality on the surface, while often the cloth is left with punctures, pulled and cut threads from the underside and pigment that has bled from the thread.

 

RESUME

JAN M. JOHNSON


janm_johnson@hotmail.com


EDUCATION
2003 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Masters of Fine Art in Painting with Honors
2001 Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Painting and Drawing
1990 University of Georgia, Athens in Cortona, Italy
Graduate Studies Abroad in Painting, Summer
1990 Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
Bachelors of Art in Art, Minor in Women’s Studies

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 “Self/Fabricated”, The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA
Inter/National Member Exhibition, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2011 “A Contemporary Feminine Sublime”, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Jan Johnson: I did not provide the cup”, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“13: New and Recent Work by Massachusetts Cultural Council Award Recipients in Painting and Drawing, Tufts University Arts Gallery, Medford, MA
“Play”, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
“Across Sections: A Cross Section”, Dugan Gallery, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
“National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2011”, The Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS
“A woman’s work is never done”, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Susan Altmann

2010 “Secrets”, 119 Gallery, Lowell, MA
“Seeing Double”, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA
“Off the Wall”, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA, curated by Jen Mergel, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, MFA, Boston, and Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator, ICA, Boston
“A Community of Artists Annual Juried Exhibition”, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA
Self/Fabricated, The Maynard Art Center, Maynard, MA
“…and sweeps me away”, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Barbara O’Brien, Curator, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Members Exhibit, 119 Gallery, Lowell, MA
“Faculty Exhibition”, University of New England Art Gallery, Portland, ME
“The Sketchbook Project”, Art House Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 303 Grand, Brooklyn, NY, Laconia Gallery, Boston, MA, Art and Shelter Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Soulard Art Market, Saint Louis, MO, Home Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009 “Mother/mother”, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Material is Language”, 119 Gallery, Lowell, MA, curated by Nick Capasso, Chief Curator of the DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum
“It’s all about perception”, Dugan Gallery, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
“Faculty Exhibition”, Hogan Campus Center, University of New England, Biddeford, ME
“Formalities of Seeing”, Dugan Gallery, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
“Paper Explorations”, Wallace L. Anderson Gallery, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA
“Wish You Were Here 8”, A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Historical Interpretation: Contemporary Artists Interpret the Historic Collection”, Peabody Historical Society and Museum, Peabody, MA
“Contemporary Humanism”, A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Rocio Aranda, Curator, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
“RISD New England Alumni Biennial”, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA, curated by Dina Deitsch, Assistant Curator, DeCordova Museum + Sculpture Park

2008 “Mementos of Celebration”, Old Town Hall, Salem, MA, juried by Paula Bradstreet Richter, Curator of Textiles and Costumes, Peabody Essex Museum
“Dress Code”, Cushing-Martin Gallery, Stonehill College, Easton, MA
“Women of the Cloth”, Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery, Boston, MA

2007 “Postcard Benefit Exhibition”, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA
“Faculty Biennial Exhibition”, Dugan Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA

2006 “Materials”, Mazmanian Gallery, Framingham State College, Framingham, MA

2005 “Faculty Biennial Exhibition”, Dugan Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA

2003 “Selections 2003: RISD Graduate Studies/ Painting and Sculpture”, Grant Selwyn Fine Art, New York, NY
“RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition”, RISD Museum, Providence, RI, curated by Matthew Collings, critic, Modern Painters
“fodder, faith and fatigue”, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island
“The Wall of Draw”, Sol Koffler Annex and Case Graduate Gallery, Providence, RI

2002 “Welcome to Our Fantasy”, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI
“Drawing: Installation Art “, Catalyst Arts, RISD Community Arts Project, Pawtucket, RI
“Print Biennial”, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI
“Off the Shelf: Artists’ Books & Paper Creations”, Market House Gallery, Providence, RI


HONORS - GRANTS - FELLOWSHIPS
2010 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow, Drawing
2008 A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, National Membership
2003 Joan Mitchell Foundation, Award Nominee
2002 Rhode Island School of Design in Rome, Painting Fellowship
2002 Dedalus Foundation, Fellowship Nominee

VISITING ARTIST LECTURES
2010 CLARK UNIVERSITY
2002 RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN - Graduate Artist Lecture at Rome Painting Program


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2010 - present CLARK UNIVERSITY, Worcester, MA
Instructor — Printmaking, Drawing

2004/2011 BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY, Waltham, MA
2011 Instructor – Drawing and Printmaking
2004 Artist-in-Residence – Drawing

2005 - present UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, Lowell, MA
Instructor – Foundation Studies and Studio Art


2006 MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART, Boston, MA
Instructor – Printmaking Department

2001-2003 RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN, Providence, RI
Instructor – Painting and Printmaking Departments

PUBLICATIONS

2011 Young Angel Midnight: An Emerging Generation in the Arts in Lowell, by Ryan Gallagher and Derek Fenner, Bootstrap Press, Lowell, MA

2011 Paintings, drawings, and the in between, by Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, July 13, 2011

2011 Play, by Joetta Maue, a catalog of the exhibition, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Air, Sea, Battle, Artsake blog, January 13, 2011