Mixed media, photo/media on canvas
Dimensions 61"x 82"
JAN GILBERT is a native New Orleanian, an interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator. Her works mine memory, loss and transition and have been shown widely across the United States and abroad in galleries, museums, cultural centers and often as public art on city streets. Gilbert is a cofounder of the New Orleans-based artist/writer collaborative The VESTIGES Project. She has directed, produced, and participated as a core artist in a wide variety of collaborative public art projects that include video, performance and site interactions. Most recently, Gilbert guest curated ART OF THE CITY: Postmodern to Post-Katrina with The Historic New Orleans Collection. The Arts Council of New Orleans honored her with a Community Arts Award in 2013.
Urban Currents: Chicago Stories / 2003 Mixed acrylic/photomedia bas-relief on wooden panels 24’ x 26’ and varying depths of ¼”, 1”, 2”, and 3” public installation commissioned by and permanently on view at the lobby entrance of the Swisshotel, Chicago / also 8’x8′ version of mockup. The main focal point upon entry to the newly renovated lobby of Swissotel Chicago is this commissioned photomedia bas-relief. It is 24 feet by 26 feet and reflects a traveler’s perspective of Chicago.“This piece portrays a purposeful focus, leisurely focus and subliminal focus trying to bring all those together to give them equilibrium in the same way I’m trying to bring a balance of media, form and technique. As a work of public art this piece will hopefully raise similar questions for Chicago natives, tourists and travelers alike and will help us to discover our need for sharing our stories and creating a common and musical language. My work attempts to erase boundaries. It’s photography, painting and sculpture. It’s a scrapbook on a grand scale for the public to read.”
Jan Gilbert - "Urban Currents: Chicago Stories"
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