BioJan Ayers Friedman was born in Dallas, Texas in 1954 and currently paints and sculpts from her shared studio in Fort Worth. She studied art curricula at ETSU and at UTA, and for two decades participated in workshops and lectures with nationally recognized artists. She has chaired national juried membership shows and is a founding member and Secretary of the new Texas Jewish Artist’s Association.
Since painting and sculpting full-time in 2012, Jan’s work has been continually showcased in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston. Her work with found objects was juried into the prestigious Texas Biennial in 2013, and currently she is exhibited at the ModArtists Gallery in Dallas, Texas. Her work is in private collections in Los Angeles, Austin, and Dallas.
StatementIn 2011, I was told of a central religious tenet that proposes that we, as humans, exist in order to finish creating the universe, As a visual artist, that concept generated immense interest and has commanded the last few years of my work. Since paintings themselves take on their own ideas and end up as a different product than originally conceived, I find the idea of the universe putting the final touches upon itself, with human intent as the brush, to be perfectly logical. It also agreed with the small study I had already made of quantum physics.
Paintings employ grids and boxes as construction symbology. Drips and gestural brushmarks on a canvas or paper (initial chaos) are refined (areas of basic pencil marks representing human intervention) and then reveal central primary color (manifestation of observable reality). Bright colors have begun appearing lately, but the original box-and-grid gestures still manifest as a sort of necessity to order.
Sculpture has followed the same recipe of Ordained Manifestation. Using perfectly clear elements such as resin, acrylic, and selenite, the natural form of the object is the point of the piece without any distracting color. The latest sculptures incorporate light as a reference to a divine emanation.
Found objects in sculpture are becoming more prominent as I discover the intended shapes, taken out of context, tell stories of their own, as compelling as any carefully contrived idea.
Professional AffiliationsInternational Sculpture CenterTexas Sculpture GroupTexas Sculpture AssociationPast Board Member, Pastel Society of the SouthwestSecretary, Texas Jewish Arts AssociationKimbell Art MuseumFort Worth Modern Art MuseumDallas Museum Of ArtNasher Sculpture CenterModArtist Group (www.modmedia.com)
StudioFour Apples Artist's Studios2814 Race Street | Fort Worth, Texas 76110
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