Conjured Formations Series by Jan Brandt.
With a degree in both the fine arts and hard science, Brandt’s paintings
exude her interest in scientific inquiry by referencing cellular forms and
movement. Painted compactly with an unapologetic use of vibrant color,
these works synthesize forms which agglomerate as if to bubble over,
alluding to continuing expansion and proliferation.
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There is a childlike sense of wonder to these non- literal works, a play
between the micro and macro. Brandt’s memories of studying slides under
her toy microscope as a young girl transform into larger than life
configurations. These bulbous forms are able to suggest movement and
reproduction through the use of scale, complementary and vibrational
color choices, and abstracted forms.
Jan Brandt is an artist working in mixed-media, textiles, printmaking, and painting. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, both from Illinois State University in Normal, IL. She is the owner of Jan Brandt Gallery located at 1305 Morrissey Drive, Bloomington, IL and curates Visiting Artist Exhibitions in The Guest Room at JBG. Brandt’s work has been shown in San Francisco and Davis, CA, Chicago and surrounding areas, New York City, Oberlin, Ohio, Indianapolis and Evansville, IN, Boston,MA, Champaign-Urbana, and Peoria, IL as well as in her local community of Bloomington-Normal, IL. Her installation work was featured in The Illinois State Museum Galleries of Lockport and Springfield. Selected print and online publications include Create! Magazine, Creative Boom, UPPERCASE, American Art Collector, Studio Visit, Creative Quarterly, the Journal of Art and Design, , fresh contemporary digest, get_imprinted, Poets and Artists “The New Feminists” and “Freak Out”, and The Dialogist. Brandt’s work was featured on the Women’s Caucus for Art website and newsletter in 2017. Recently, Brandt’s work was in a solo exhibition at Amara in Urbana, IL, The Midwest Open Juried Exhibition at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, and The Boston Biennial V at Atlantic Works Gallery as The First Prize Winner in the Installation Category. Her work was selected for the “Degrees of Abstraction” group exhibition at The Argonne National Laboratory Gallery 201 in Lemont, IL. An interview with Brandt was featured in the “Thought Provokers” section in Voyage Chicago in Summer 2018. Forthcoming exhibitions include “Toybox” at North Central College, Elmhurst, IL, Fall 2018 and “Toybox” at Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL, Spring 2019. Brandt’s solo work in “Evolving Allusions” will be exhibited at The Performing Arts Center Gallery of Illinois Central College in East Peoria, IL November 2018 through January 2019.
Recent work by Artist Jan Brandt is an evolving discourse between her imaginative cellular based fiber art installations and the two dimensional format of painting. These works offer a glimpse into Brandt’s interests in biology and art since she was a child. The wonderment of looking into the little plastic microscope she received for her birthday presented a spectacular world of color, shape, and life invisible to the naked eye. Her compositions are not literal, rather they are created from her memories of those spectacular images she saw on slides as a little girl. These memories have inspired her to build on that experience of colorful, unexpected life forms.