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Jean Arnold
updated: 10/02/2009
website: www.jeanarnold.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Sandy TRAX: Curiosity
South Broadway
Southside: Midpoint
State Street: Continuous
Airport/International Center: Inbound
East Millcreek: Outcome
East MIllcreek: Return
Kearns: Obscure
Magna: Westbound
Airport/International Center: Underpass
Denver 4:  F Train Lincoln, spread 6
Denver 4:  F Train Lincoln, spread 7
Denver 4:  F Train Lincoln, spread 8
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, urban, landscape, books, process
 
 
Sandy TRAX: Curiosity by Jean Arnold
Sandy TRAX: Curiosity
mixed media on paper
2009
44 " x  52 " 
South Broadway by Jean Arnold
South Broadway
mixed media on paper
2009
22 " x  22 " 
Southside: Midpoint by Jean Arnold
Southside: Midpoint
mixed media on paper
2008
42 " x  60 " 
State Street: Continuous by Jean Arnold
State Street: Continuous
mixed media on paper
2009
44 " x  52 " 
Airport/International Center: Inbound by Jean Arnold
Airport/International Center: Inbound
mixed media on paper
2009
22 " x  30 " 
East Millcreek: Outcome by Jean Arnold
East Millcreek: Outcome
mixed media on paper
2009
8.25" x  11.5" 
East MIllcreek: Return by Jean Arnold
East MIllcreek: Return
mixed media on paper
2009
8.5 " x  11.75 " 
Kearns: Obscure by Jean Arnold
Kearns: Obscure
mixed media on paper
2009
8" x  11.5" 
Magna: Westbound by Jean Arnold
Magna: Westbound
mixed media on paper
2009
8.25" x  11.75" 
Airport/International Center: Underpass by Jean Arnold
Airport/International Center: Underpass
mixed media on paper
2009
7.5" x  8" 
Denver 4:  F Train Lincoln, spread 6 by Jean Arnold
Denver 4: F Train Lincoln, spread 6
handmade artist book
2008
7" x  20" 
Denver 4:  F Train Lincoln, spread 7 by Jean Arnold
Denver 4: F Train Lincoln, spread 7
handmade artist book
2008
7" x  20" 
Denver 4:  F Train Lincoln, spread 8 by Jean Arnold
Denver 4: F Train Lincoln, spread 8
handmade artist book
2008
7" x  20" 

Artist Statement

I extract my artwork from the experience of mobility, the velocity of travel – its visual bombardment, and its alteration of spatial perceptions.  While traversing the city landscape via bus or train, I notationally sketch architecture, cars, trees, and urban clutter flowing by – capturing elements in a state of flux, and removing them from their original context. 

In my drawings and paintings, I invent ambiguous scenes and spaces – accumulating miles of space and time into one image.  This process creates a dense layering of geography – reflecting the current condition of complexity, speed, and fragmentation in our lives and society. 

I feel a connection with the 19th-century “flaneur” – the ambler aimlessly strolling city streets, observing and writing about the urban scene.  Among them were Walt Whitman, James Joyce, Charles Baudelaire, and Walter Benjamin.  Riding buses by neighborhoods, parks, schools, industrial districts, and strip malls – I continuously record sights, thoughts, and experiences.

On my urban bus excursions, I came to realize the primacy of energy as the underpinning of our civilization.  We take for granted our urban sprawl, designed around cheap oil, without considering the challenge we will have in crossing those expanses after the cheap oil runs out. Our entire way of life is structured by cheap energy – our city layouts, transportation, global trade and food production. I seek to capture the petroleum-powered speed experience, as it essentially defines our lives at this time.

The era of cheap oil is over, so big changes are coming.  We are hurtling towards a highly uncertain future.  Huge changes are already happening economically.  The rate of change is only bound to increase.   Where are we going?  What are we accelerating towards? 

Artist Bio / CV

Born:    Lewiston, ID
Resides:    Salt Lake City, UT

EDUCATION/RESIDENCIES                                                  2009    Visiting Artist-in-Residence, Redline, Denver, CO   1999    MFA, Painting, Johnson State College, VT
97-98   Studio residencies / school, International School of Art, Umbria, Italy
95-96    Four studio residencies, Vermont Studio Center    1983    BFA, cum laude, Utah State University  

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2009    Momentum, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
            Onrush, Plus Gallery, Denver, CO
2008    Traversing New Mexico, LewAllen Contemporary, Santa   Fe, NM                                                                                                        Perpetual Motion, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT                                                                                        2006    Urban Organica, Plus Gallery, Denver, CO
            Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
2005    Ten-Year Survey, Hutchinson Art Center, Hutchinson, KS
            Architectonics, LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2004    Notate, Accumulate, Transform, College of Eastern Utah, Price, UT     
2003    Moving Perceptions, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
2002    Visual Arts Fellowship Exhibition, Utah Arts Council, Salt Lake City, UT   
       
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2009    Artists' Choice, Lohin Geduld, New York City, NY
            Not Just Another Pretty Face, Salt Lake Art Center, UT
            Ifs, Ands, & Butts: New Acquisitions, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
2008    Visions, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
            City Crossings, Women’s Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT
            National Juried Show, Bowery Gallery, New York, NY
2007    Exposed, Pickle Company, Salt Lake City, UT
            Seed Project, Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY
            Notions of Landscape, TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA
2006    Cities Different, LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
            This Is Our Land, Meridian International Center, Washington, DC
2005    Landscape Revisited, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY
           Rocky Mountain Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO
2004    Landscape and Environment, Boise Art Museum, ID
            Modes and Methods, Amarillo Museum of Art, TX
           
AWARDS AND HONORS

2005    Artist’s Grant, Utah Arts Council
2005    2nd Prize, Central Utah Art Center Juried Show, Ephraim, UT
2004    Juror’s Prize, Drawing From Perception, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
2002    Visual Arts Fellowship Award, Utah Arts Council