A residence that began as a response to the ‘strongman summit’ between the leaders of North Korea and the US, the Young Americans Tour turned into a real-world, multi-cultural, improvisational and collaborative impromptu artists’ response to current events, and for Jan, a meditation on the true character of the US –- an open, honest, inclusive, hard-working, innovative and egalitarian land of opportunity that sees every neighbor as a friend or a potential friend.
In line with this statement, the show has dedicated a portion of sponsorship and proceeds to RAICES, a US 501(c)3 providing free and low-cost legal services to immigrant and refugee children and families on the US’ southern border with Mexico.
Launched with HG Contemporary in April 2018, fit extends the aesthetic, social, and philosophical meditations begun in the 2015 Market Makers debut, elaborated on in subsequent shows in New York, London, Miami, and Boston, and introduces new series of sculptures and paintings.
rise extended the themes begun in the Market Makers debut, this time reflecting on depictions women in popular culture relative to their power status in popular culture, the virtues of a few male heroes, and offering new colorfield works, handheld-scale bronzes, as well as select works from the pixelated fabric, Market Makers, and early works series.
You can find the artist's statement here.
Ah, 2016 and 2017 — a shock to the system.
pixelated fabric is a series of colorfields that lament the polarized state of social affairs in our society, our decreased ability to relate to those on opposite sides of whichever spectra we reside on, and the role that social media played in the artificial 'pixelization‘ of our natural social fabric.
Market Makers was the launch of my solo career, which I was delighted to present in partnership with New York-based HG Contemporary in September 2015.
Marking the moment of my transition from conducting the 'business of art' to the production of it, this show reflected on my own family experience with the historic overlap between art and commerce in American consumer markets.
As my paternal grandfather was an advertising manager with leading American personal products manufacturer Procter & Gamble, this show provided me an opportunity to reflect on the role that art and artists have played in the 'making' of consumer markets, and by association, the articulation of the 'American Dream' and the 'American Way,' while I stepped into this new role in my own practice of fine art.
Works in traditional and mixed media completed in this period reflect early and sometimes-experimental work, trying out styles and drawing inspiration from a few of my heroes, like Josef Albers, Jean Michel Basquiat, Josef Beuys, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Ellsworth Kelly, Jeff Koons, Morris Louis, Piet Mondriaan, and Andy Warhol. Early stuff.
Here’s where to see the work in person – gallery, hospitality, private settings, and solo shows. And stay tuned.
Ultra Super New (July 4 – 16 July residence)