Hybridity: New Assemblages by Jan Brandt

Jun 10–25, 2016

June brings us the awe-inspiring installation of Jan Brandt’s brightly colored and inviting soft sculpture assemblages.

Join us for the opening reception on Friday, June 10 from 6-8pm. Jan will give a short talk about her work at 7pm. Or stop by any of the following 3 Saturdays (June 11, 18 & 25) between 1pm & 5pm.

Inspired by the rich history of quilt-making and fiber art, Jan Brandt hand-stitches disparate textiles such as donated clothing, pompoms, and muslin into three dimensional hybrid assemblages. An organic process drives this intricate work evoking growth and accumulation. The assemblages may read as biological experiments growing in petri dishes, specimens under glass, or fantastical landscapes of overgrown organisms while referencing feminine artistic techniques and traditions.

With each installation of Jan’s work, the creative process is repeated anew, with fresh pieces added, and decisions regarding placement and pairings made on the fly. Individual pieces are available for sale, and can be combined to suit the taste and will of the collector. Stop by or stay tuned to our Facebook page for pricing.

Jan Brandt is the owner/curator of Jan Brandt Gallery in Bloomington, IL, which features year-round rotating artist exhibits. Jan holds both a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Illinois State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally, included in multiple print and on-line publications, and selected for numerous awards.

View Jan’s curatorial work at www.janbrandtgallery.com and learn more about her artwork at www.janbrandtartist.com. See more images of this installation of Jan’s work at www.facebook.com/swellgallery.IL.


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West Dundee, IL 60118