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PostSubject: Joan Jonas - Jesse Pearson   Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:42 am




Joan Jonas is an American artist, born in New York, New York in 1936. She emerged as one of the preeminent female artists of the 1960s and 1970s by creating sculptures, mirrors and combining them with live-action performance, using her sculptures as props.

Jonas received her Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Mount Holyoake College in 1958, and in studied sculpture and drawing at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and in 1965, she received her MFA in sculpture from Columbia University. During the 1990s, Jonas taught at UCLA, the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Stuttgart, Germany, and since 1998, she has been a professor at MIT.

In terms of printmaking, Jonas’ art is rather simple and minimalistic, with very few colors in each piece. However, I think this works to her advantage in that the eye is drawn to the shapes created, and the colors she uses help to emphasize that. For example, in 1982’s “Double Wheel”, the orange and yellow stand out from the black background, creating a more striking image than they would have with a less neutral background. Another example is in 1979’s “Hurricane Series: Sun”, where the simple shapes of the white circles are emphasized by the contrast of the red background. Personally, I really like her work. While all of her subjects are simplistic, they evoke a lot of emotion. Technically, her work is very loose, and less mediated than those of her contemporaries; they seem to be more abstract and loosely constructed, and possess a very hand-drawn feel.
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