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Artist's Reception: Carolyn Janssen at Julie Saul Gallery

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 08, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013

Small Baptism

Exhibition Dates: July 8 - August 16, 2013

Artist's Opening Reception:

Wednesday, July 10

6:00 - 8:00 pm


Perhaps the monumentality and mythic visions that appear in the work of Carolyn Janssen are due to the fact that she studited textile design as an undergraduate. Her works are expansive and mythic, and this exhibition features one, Massive Failure, which at 9 feet achieves the same rank that narrative tapestries once did.

Besides this mural are other pigment prints that though smaller in size speak to larger dramas. The pigment prints are the result of a layered process; Janssen uses photographic elements drawn from her personal repertoire of images and allows them to build up like brushstrokes. The palate is saturated, even shocking, and many neons find their way into imagined pastoral spaces that are often treacherous, and all of the figures are the artist herself. Figures wander, claim, climb, and rest, they engage in ritualistic as well as domestic activities.

After earning her undergraduate degree in textile design at Rhode Island School of Design Janssen went onto complete her MFA in Photography at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Janssen's work has been included in exhibition at the sculpture park of the North Carolina Museum of Art as part of their Park Pictures program, and later this summer it will also be featured at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh for a show called Currents.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Julie Saul Galelry

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