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A Piece of Tomorrow

Acrylic and gouache on panel, 43 x 35 in., 2017

Low Frequency

Acrylic and gouache on panel, 43 x 35 in., 2017

Beyond Conviction

Acrylic and gouache on panel, 18 x 18 in., 2017

If x, Then y (Install)

Installation view of exhibition at Visarts, Rockville, MD. Image credit: Nancy Daly

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About Janet

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Using a personal language of shape and color, Janet Olney reframes the familiar to reveal an alternate world populated with things that defy naming. Her paintings and installations investigate the realm of uncertainty that lies just outside our awareness: a peripheral world straddling analog and digital spaces.   Originally from Boston, MA, Janet received her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting (MICA). She is the recipient... more

Installation & Objects

In this body of work, the forms from my painted world enter the physical realm. Painting becomes an expanded field where I explore the relationship between object and illusion and the subjectivity of perception and experience.

  • Convergence

    Acrylic paint, CNC and laser cut plywood, Permanent Installation, Facebook Inc., Washington DC, 2018 (image credit: Nancy Daly) The concept of the installation is the play between individuality and collaboration. One view references an interior or an intimate space where people come together, share ideas and innovate. The view on the opposing wall is an infinite, contemplative space -- a place to activate the imagination and recharge as an individual. The trajectory lines of the floor promote connectivity between the areas.
  • Convergence (right side)

    Acrylic paint, laser and cnc cut plywood, Permanent Installation, Facebook Inc., Washington DC, 2018 (image credit: Nancy Daly)
  • Convergence (left side)

    Acrylic paint, laser and cnc cut plywood, Permanent Installation, Facebook Inc., Washington DC, 2018 (image credit: Nancy Daly)
  • Convergence (Detail #1)

    Acrylic paint, laser and cnc cut plywood, Permanent Installation, Facebook Inc., Washington DC, 2018 (image credit: Nancy Daly)
  • Convergence (Detail #2)

    Acrylic paint, laser and cnc cut plywood, Permanent Installation, Facebook Inc., Washington DC, 2018 (image credit: Nancy Daly)
  • Dialogue II

    Installation, Acrylic paint and laser cut plywood, Decker Gallery, MICA, 2018

If x, Then y

The images in this project are from my solo exhibition at Visarts in Rockville, December 2017.

From the press release: In this body of work, Janet Olney applies conditional statements and logic to perceptual events. The paintings propose if-then statements and offer a conclusion that is open to inference. This series is based on two-value truth tables that Olney constructs using shapes. By building logical statements of visual forms, her tables show how the truth or falsity of a visual expression ultimately depends on the truth or falsity of its components. If the premise of abstract forms is true, then the painting must also be considered valid. Each painting considers the visual values and draws a conclusion about the realm in which they exist.

Peripheral Logic

This work explores the fuzzy reality at play in the outlying regions of the periphery. Things in the fringes of our field of vision are flickers of shape and movement. These fleeting glimpses and shadows are incorporated into the narrative of our surroundings. This peripheral information taps into both interpretation and imagination -- what we experience and what we believe we see.

Artifacts

This series references painting structures from art history flattened into contemporary space. The imagery is distilled from the daily barrage of visual material, popular iconography, art history, and plays on language. Initial ideas are transformed through sketches and digital media. Artifacts, both historical and digital, build a visual vocabulary of forms that travel into the uncertainty of perception in search of truth.

Eden & Beyond

The paintings in this project explore gesture as a mark and as time embedded in the surface. Through masking, layers are obscured and later revealed to form a non-linear progression. The physical intertwining of past and present creates an emotional and contemplative space.

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