Lee Delegard / Carolyn Janssen
A Tooth for an Eye
December 2013
Lee Delegard’s sculptures and installations playfully combine domestic materials culled from her everyday life, (Coconut Water boxes, Keds, mugs, found metal pipes, hair extensions), with abstracted papier-mâché and ceramic forms. Her works utilize elements inherent to the medium of sculpture, i.e. mass, volume, scale and balance, to create a sense of instability and unease. In this way, Delegard explores precarious relationships between juxtaposed materials, viewing them as analogous to the unsustainable connections between identity, consumer goods, and the limitations of art as a language itself.

In Carolyn Janssen's large-scale tableaus, photographs of everyday objects are layered and repeated to create disorienting, sublime landscapes. Blurring the line between painting and photography, Janssen immerses her viewer in psychedelic digital worlds, where roaming packs of the artist perform unrecognizable rituals and engage in mini-dramas. In Janssenʼs world women rule supreme, dominating the otherworldly landscape.

Lee Delegard received her MFA from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2012 and her B.A from Beloit College. She has been awarded residencies at Ox-Bow, The Summer Academy through the American Austrian Foundation, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and AS220.

Carolyn Janssen has exhibited widely, including a 2013 solo exhibition at Julie Saul in New York and in the Unseen Fair in Amsterdam. She has had recent group exhibitions in the Contemporary Art Museum and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and the Kala Institute in Berkeley. Janssen studied textile design for her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and photography for her MFA from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2011.

For further information please contact Bill Thelen at 919-889-2927 or or visit Lee Delegard and Carolyn Janssen.
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