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Joan Vennum

The Space Around Us

March 31 – April 25, 2010

Split, 2008, Oil on canvas, 22 x 25"
Dreaming of Tomorrow, 2009, Oil on canvas, 60 x 48"
Secret Orbit, 2007-2008, Oil on canvas, 60 x 72"
Today/Tomorrow, 2008, Oil on canvas, 48 x 48"
Latitude, 2007, Oil on canvas, 48 x 120" (diptych)
Curvature, 2007-2008, Oil on canvas, 60 x 72"
Opening Note, 2009, Oil on canvas, 60 x 48"
Storm Warning, 2008, Oil on canvas, 22 x 25"
Apparently Meeting, 2007-2009, Oil on canvas, 70 x 80"
The First Day, 2009, Oil on canvas, 60 x 48"
Crossing, 2007, Oil on canvas, 60 x 60"
River Quartet, 2008, Oil on canvas, 29 x 97.5" (four panels)
Here Thinking of There, 2008, Oil on canvas, 6 feet tondo
Contact, 2008, Oil on canvas, 60 x 72"
At the Palace, 2008, Oil on canvas, 22 x 25"
Beyond Reach, 2008-2009, Oil on canvas, 70 x 80"
Swiftly, Lightly, 2005, Oil on canvas, 60 x 80"
Context, 2003, Oil on canvas, 60 x 60"
Favorable Circumstances, 2009, Oil on canvas, 60 x 48"

About This Exhibition

Joan Vennum is a New York-based artist who creates luminous paintings flooded with color. She is known for her dreamlike canvases covered with thin layers of repeated
brushstrokes. Composed of broad fields of color, the paintings invite viewers into a realm governed by imagination and nature. She collapses horizon lines conjuring an infinite and encompassing space. This newest series of oils emerged from Vennum's recent journey through India. Deeply influenced by the dramatic colors of the Subcontinent, Vennum's work has become bolder and more sensuous.

"My discoveries in India have become part of my being, and appear in my work in subtle forms," Vennum says. The artist was inspired by her observations of daily life such as the sun setting on the river Ganges and brightly dressed women working in green fields. She was also intrigued by the effect of viewing one color through another—such as the landscape through a translucent dupatta (scarf) blowing in the wind, for example, as she rode past on a motorcycle.

In her earlier explorations of light and space, Vennum painted subtle gradations of color forming veil-like surfaces. Maintaining this premise, she continues to compose fields of color by layering paint. However, recently she has introduced a more vivid palette reminiscent of Indian miniature paintings. Using fluid gestures, she creates lushly painted works with concentrated vermilions, saffron yellows, and indigos. Her handling of paint has shifted toward a looser application and she has amplified the contrast between dark and light. The resulting canvases are vibrant and ethereal.

Vennum is a native of New York and has roots in the post-abstract expressionist camp of female painters such as Lee Krasner and Joan Mitchell. She has exhibited widely in the United States and Sweden. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York; The Power Collection of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; the Konstmuseet, Uttersberg, Sweden; the Skandia Försäkringsbolag, Stockholm; and the Museo Civico, Taverna, Italy.

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