Painting the Printing Word, a solo exhibition by Joan Giordano, on view through February 15, 2022, at June Kelly Gallery in Soho.
January 12, 2022: June Kelly Gallery, 166 Mercer Street in Soho, launched their 2022 season with a solo exhibition by Joan Giordano: Painting the Printed Word, which will be on view through February 15. The exhibition of mixed media wall constructions by painter Joan Giordano is reflective not only of her mastery with the brush and the art of printmaking and Japanese papermaking, but likewise her passion for newspaper’s printed text.
Archival publications absorbed with diverse global issues, beliefs and traditions, economics, health, science, and politics are essentials of Giordano’s intriguing large scale sculptural constructions. Giordano’s constructions effect collage media in her pushing of limits and exquisite positioning of materials in arrangements of broad array of surfaces, newspaper rolls and color with found papers, corrugated board, graphite, paint and encaustic. Interwoven with actual international newspapers, the sense of time in both historical and contemporary thought is drawn.
It has been said, Giordano can turn an abstract work of art toward the political without making direct inferences. Giordano’s art is current even as she intimates a strong connection with the modernist past.
Lily Wei, art critic and journalist writes Giordano has taken to collecting magazines, newspapers, and journals, including issues that date back decades, partly in anticipation of the demise of paper editions in the future as digital publications become increasingly the norm. Her signature newsprint-based works are an act of recuperation as well as one way to shelf a trove of information within what might be seen as fantasias of the archive.
Giordano was also enamored of paper’s versatility, by what it could be made to represent. Versatility includes malleability, paper’s ability to assume any shape desired, becoming a sculptural material in addition to serving as a two-dimensional support for imagery. Two beautifully wrought hands in the round attached to the surface of Over the Top, 2021, made from cast paper, and, underscoring a narrative that supports feminism and economic equity, she tells me that they are the hands of a woman, a worker.
Wei writes text matters to Giordano, as do titles, and the words that correspond to the theme of the work are often strategically highlighted. Life of Wonderment, 2021 speaks to Wei’s statement that Giordano reminds us that these constructions are intended to be read as well as visually parsed. When Wei asked why so many different languages are present, Giordano answered, “there are so many ways to read and write the news, to evaluate truth.” And, with reference to her latest work, It’s a New Dawn, Giordano adds, “I don’t think there is a problem that art can’t solve.”
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 shown in numerous 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.
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