I've curated a small exhibit at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center in Montpelier, VT entitled Black Lives Matter. There will be a reception on Friday, January 13 where artists will speak about their work, followed by a panel discussion. I hope you will come if you are in the area.
I'm also involved in an organization called Reading to End Racism, which will be reading to children at Union Elementary School. If that's something you'd like to participate in, we're having a training on January 17 at 5:30 in Plainfield. Let me know if you'd like to come.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Here is a look at six new pieces, photographed by Randolph photographer Jack Rowell. These pieces are built on long, shallow wooden boxes that were used to ship stained-glass-maker Chris Jeffrey's lead channeling. They are different sizes, rough, sometimes a bit torqued. I've sanded down the worst of the weathered, splintery surfaces and either finished them with beeswax, oil, or stain.
The overall title of this series is The Long Haul. I am seeking venues where I can exhibit the whole group of six suspended from the ceiling at different heights and angles.
The following piece was shown at The Front in Montpelier, suspended from the ceiling, an homage to my late friend Marge Trautz.
Next is one I call Chaos, created post-election, filled with cooking and eating implements, clay letters, and wood-and-metal human figures:
Next, a numerically-sequenced piece, associated with a quote from a poem entitled "No Title Required" by Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996:
I'm no longer sure that what's important is more important than what's not important.The piece has 17 compartments (the number of syllables in a Haiku), with bits of everyday stuff. It was photographed without the glass covering that protects the items in the box.
The next three pieces rise up out of their boxes.
I love this simple piece of a wagon loaded with logs that makes its way back and forth along the tracks, moved by cranks on either end, over ballast of puffed and toasted clay.
This Long Haul piece begins with a straw man and ends with a death rolodex.
Finally, a piece that was reworked using figures, a few of which were exhibited at Studio Place Arts a year ago, and then appeared in greater numbers in an installation at The Front.
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Sunday, December 11, 2016
I have six new pieces built on shallow boxes that once held lead channel for stained glass. Jack Rowell, a friend and excellent photographer, has shot all six, and I'll soon have all the images, some of which I will post here.
Today, he sent me a sequence of images of this piece that has a kinetic element so I could make a GIF. More coming later.
Posted by janetvanfleet at 12:25 PM
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
One of my Loose Grids pieces featuring numbers was recently acquired for a 40th Wedding Anniversary. Here it is, installed in the collectors' dining room.
I made a few extra pieces featuring numbers that were special for them (the wife of the couple is, among other things, a mathematician, so numbers have a definite significance for her!). What a wonderful way for them to celebrate their anniversary! I hope they will enjoy it for many years to come.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
My dear friend Margaret (Marge) Trautz died on October 1. It has left a huge hole in my life.
I have been continuing my series of Boxes, using boxes that held lead channel (called lead came) for making stained glass. I got quite a few of these from Chris Jeffrey, who had a stained glass studio at Studio Place Arts for many years.
The first of these that I have exhibited is an Homage to Marge. It is suspended from the ceiling at The Front in Montpelier.
There are LED lights in the bottom of the box, covered by several layers of bandage gauze and bones. Antique glass x-rays are inset flush with the top of the box. As you look down into the box through the x-rays, you can see the bones, illuminated from below.
I hope this is a suitable tribute to my friend, and an honor to her memory.
Posted by janetvanfleet at 5:34 PM
Friday, August 19, 2016
Studio Place Arts has a public installation project called Soft Bomb Barre in downtown Barre, through August 27, and I am participating with Find the Cutie.
I hid twelve soft dolls (see below; each about 18" high) in the the windows of 12 different businesses on Main Street in Barre. It was really hot on the day I put them out, but I think it's been fun for folks to search for them! Here they are in a group in my studio:
These little figures are built of red fleece and red yarn over a wire armature, so they are flexible and can be configured in different ways. I made them about 20 years ago, and installed them several times in hanging groups I called Falling People (seen below in an exhibit at the Lazy Pear Gallery in Montpelier).
When re-purposing them for this project, I wrapped them in yellow and orange yarns, and made clothing out of fabric and donated sock waste. I guess anything can be a "found object," even my own old work...
Posted by janetvanfleet at 1:23 PM
I haven't posted about the exhibit called STAIRS that I did at the Jaquith Library in Marshfield because I was so busy with the installation at the Berlin Mall. But finally here are some images and information about that show!
On the left wall above I hung eleven images that are on the pull-out trays of the piece called Two, sitting on the shelf. I posted previously about this piece here, where you can see all eleven of the images.
The other sculptural piece on the shelf is Stairs.
The exhibit also had a group of photographic images. My husband, RD Eno, and I were in New Orleans during the early part of 2016, and I took a lot of digital photographs of the fronts of houses in Mid City and printed them in black and white. Later, I placed objects (some collected in New Orleans) on those prints and then re-photographed them and printed those shots in color.
On the right above (and below) you see a staircase on which some of the objects in the photographs were displayed.
The opening reception was on Friday, May 27, and RD Eno presented a reading from his work (poetry and prose) at 7PM. The exhibit ran from May 23 - July 16, 2016.
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