June Kelly Gallery

Joan Giordano

Woven in Time, an exhibition of large relief sculptures of unusual textures by Joan Giordano - visually enthralls while piquing curiosity, will open at the June Kelly Gallery on September 8.  The work will remain on view through October 8.

This is Giordano’s second gallery exhibition of wall constructions incorporating collage media --found paper, corrugated cardboard, graphite, paint and encaustic interwoven with international newspapers.  Large works like Epoch and Free Press appear to herald sense of time, as principal element, interposing historical and contemporary moments.  Wind Lantern, a more formal make-up of art, references a timeless, lyric work that speaks to an Asian aesthetic, a sensibility Giordano experienced while studying the making of paper n Japan.

Art writer Jonathan Goodman writes, “Giordano is a formalist whose art intelligence extends to the events of the real world; but her skill in constructing works of art usually takes over, placing her reading of politics or experience, whether public or private, in a secondary place.”

“Giordano’s work comes out of a post-modern sense of global dialogue, beginning with the art of Eve Hesse and moving on to an appreciation of El Anatsui.  She practices collage, following out on a larger scale the exquisite positioning of materials seen in the work of German artist Kurt Schwitters.  Her work, which is large, topical in the sense she includes actual newspapers, and volumetrically complex, demonstrates an awareness of the dictates of history, both artistic and political, as well as the immediacies of a craft sensibility, one changed by our own changing view of craft’s role in contemporary women’s art.”

“It is hard not to be charmed by the colorful whimsicality of Giordano’s work, which appears to fly across the wall in a burst of hue and form,” writes Goodman.  Epoch, a mélange of papers stacked, with some appearing to reel to the fore, reminiscent of output from earlier printing machines, and suggestive of an irregular-shaped Frank Stella wall sculpture, strikes a jolt evoking unprompted contemplation.

As Goodman writes, one can see in Epoch that its title refers to a contemporaneity embodied in the newsprint, in which one can see recent events photographs and described in prose.  The combination of flat and curving volumes, various weaves of paper, areas of color both bright and matte, and political references make Epoch as contemporary as possible, a true sign of the times.

The broad array of surfaces and forms in Giordano’s reliefs construct an improvised intricacy that, Goodman writes, seems to stand for urban experience.  With further discussion, he says, Giordano does this by pushing the limits of materials and sculptural space forward.

Giordano exploits materials to meet her agenda – whether it is in arrangement of newspaper rolls, technique of ancient print mediums, placement of color for emphatic contrast and even selection of pertinent titles that per Goodman can turn an abstract work of art toward the political.  While Giordano makes none of these inferences directly, they are assuredly there, to be found in the complex interplay between image, title, and text.  Giordano’s art is profoundly current even as she intimates a strong connection with the modernist past.

Giordano lives and works in New York City and Roscoe, NY. She holds a BA from Wagner College, Staten Island, and an MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.  Giordano works have been show in many one-person and group exhibitions in the United States and countries throughout the world.  She is represented in numerous public and private collections including the Savannah College of Art and Design, GA; Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Gardens, North Salem, NY; Longview Art Museum, TX; Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT; New York Public Library Print Collection; Awagami Museum, Hall of AWA, Tokushima, Japan; PepsiCo, Purchase, NY; the Henry Buhl Collection, New York, and the North Carolina National Bank, Charlotte, NC.



Born Staten Island, New York
Lives and works in New York City

1977 MFA, Pratt Institute, studied with George McNeil, Brooklyn, NY
1979-80 Printmaking Workshop/Bob Blackburn, New York
1972-73 Art Students League, studied with Bruce Dorfman, New York
1970-71 Art Students League, studied anatomy with Robert Beverly Hale, New York
1962 Graduate Fellowship, Hunter College, New York
1961 BA, Wagner College, Staten Island, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2016 Woven in Time: Constructions & Mixed Media, essay by Jonathan Goodman, June Kelly
  Gallery, New York
2015 Magical Thinking, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Narrowsburg, NY
News Redux, Alliance Gallery, Narrowsburg, NY
2013 TEXT, H. Pelham Gallery at the New Canaan Library, CT
2012 Spin Out: Constructions, essay by Cynthia Nadelman, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2009 Time Travelers, Serrano Contemporary/Sonnet Gallery, New York
2008 Collective Identities: Works on/of Paper, Lawrence Gallery, Rosemont College, Rosemont,
2007 Presences, Tenri Cultural Institute, New York
2005 Brambles & Pods, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York
2004 Transforming Textures, Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden, North Salem, NY
Arrested Light & Texture, Ellarslie Mansion, Cadwalader Park, The Trenton City
  Museum, Trenton, NJ
2003 Joan Giordano, curated by Patrick Christiano, Blue Heron Gallery, New York
2002 Uncommon Connections, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Narrowsburg, NY
Notes from the Garden, 2 person, Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville, NY
2001 Skin: Structure & Form, Staten Island Museum, NY
2000 Joan Giordano, The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
Work from Japan, The Robert Furst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech, Atlanta
1998 Joan Giordano, The American Museum of Papermaking, Atlanta, GA
Branching Out: Recent Wall Sculptures, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, catalogue
1997 Steel Angels, Gallery East, College of Eastern Utah, Price, UT
1995-96 Steel Angels, organized by Katherine T. Carter & Associates, and traveled to the
  following venues: Lamar Dodd Art Center and Museum, Lagrange, GA; Parkersburg
  Art Center, Parkersburg, West Virginia; Art Institute for the Permian Basin, Odessa,
  TX; Longview Art Museum, TX; and Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, VA,
1994 Joan Giordano, The Broome Street Gallery, New York
Paintings & Paper Sculpture, Benjamin Rosenthal Gallery, Queens College Art Center,
  New York
Steel Angels, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, catalogue

Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 Whispers, curated by the director Dr. Maria Marangou, Museum of Contemporary Art,
  Cyprus, Greece, travelling to Thessalonki Gallery, Greece, catalogue
2011 Sofia Internationale Biennal, curated by Thalia Vrochopoulos, Sofia, Bulgaria
22nd International Juried Exhibition, curated by Elisabeth Sussman, Senior
  Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York,
Veridan Gallery, New York
The Great Hudson River Exhibition, juror, Bartholomew Bland, Hudson River Museum,
Yonkers, NY
Art on the Edge, curated by Rocky Pinciotti, The Hawley Silk Mill, PA
2010 Waxed in Time 4 Takes on Encaustic, Nancy Azara, Joan Giordano, Renee Magnati and
  Kathy Stark, Tenri Cultural Institute, New York
2009 High Fiber, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tuscon, AZ, catalogue
2008 Pulp Function: An Extraordinary Exhibition of Artwork Made from Paper, curated by Lloyd
  E. Herman, organized the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, Worcester Center for
  Crafts, MA
2006 A Mano, 3 person, The Gallery at Chelsea Eye, New York
2005 Kozo Nexus, Joan Giordano, Lori Goodman, Hisako Kobayashi, Sumi Gallery, New
Invitational, SOHO20 Gallery, New York
First Annual Encaustic Invitational, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tuscon, AZ
2004-07 Paper Cuts: The Art of Contemporary Paper, EXHIBITS USA, Six National Museum
  Venues; catalogue
2003 The World of Paper, curated by Cindy Bowen and organized by the American Museum
  of Papermaking, Atlanta, GA
2002-03 Art in Embassies Program, American Embassy, Vienna, Austria, catalogue
2001-02 Art in Embassies Program, American Embassy, Ankora, Turkey, catalogue
2001 3 From Artist Equity, Blue Hill Cultural Center, Pearl River, NY
2000 Paper Road: International Association of Hand Paper Makers & Artists, Museo Del Corso,
  Florence, Italy, Santa Maria Della Scala, Siena, Italy and Abbazia Di Spineto,
  Sarteano, Italy, catalogue
1999 Fiberarts International, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, PA, catalogue
Waxing Poetic: Encaustic Art in America, organized and curated by Dr. Gail Stavitsky,
  The Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey, traveling exhibition, catalogue
1998 Art in Embassies Program, American Embassy, Nicosia, Cyprus, catalogue
1995 New Talent, Alan Stone Gallery, New York
Light, Color Form, Gallery Brocken, Tokyo, Japan

Public and Corporate Collections
Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden, North Salem, NY
Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT
Longview Art Museum, TX
Savannah College of Art and Design, GA
College of the Desert, Palm Springs, CA
Trenton City Museum, Ellarslie Mansion, Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ
Ellen Noel Art Museum of the Permian Basin, Odessa, TX
Awagami Museum Hall of AWA, Tokushima, Japan
New York Public Library Print Collection
Permanent Collection of the Embassy of the United States, Lusaka, Zambia
American Telecast International, Philadelphia, PA
Columbia Broadcasting System, New York
Coopers and Lybrand, New York
Crossland Savings Bank, New York
David Garth Associates, New York
Diray-TV, Wilton, CT
Diversified Pharmaceutical, Philadelphia, PA
Ensslin & Hall Advertising, Tampa, FL
Goodyear Tire Corporation, Washington, DC
Gunn, Fish, Meade Associates, New York
Health South, White Plains, NY
Howard Rubenstein Associates of New York
Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, IO
John Anthony Design, New York
Lasser Marshall, Inc. New York
Liberty Property Trust, Minneapolis, MN
Media Syndication Global, New York
Merrill Lynch, New York
Metropolitan Savings Bank, New York
North Carolina National Bank, Tampa, FL
Pepsico, Inc. Purchase, NY
Price Waterhouse, Hackensack, NJ
Property Resources Corporation, New York

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