JoAnne Artman Gallery presents ‘The Jane & Jana Show’ with Jane Maxwell and Jana Cruder

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JoAnne Artman Gallery

Artist Reception: September 5th, 2013 from 6-8pm to coincide with Laguna Beach ArtWalk
Showing: September 1, 2013 – October 31, 2013
Please RSVP: 949.510.5481 by September 1st, 2013

JoAnne Artman Gallery presents ‘The Jane & Jana Show’ featuring Boston based mixed media artist, Jane Maxwell, and emerging fine art photographer, Jana Cruder reflect a current examination of pop culture’s take on femininity grounded within the 50s and 60s. Maxwell’s mixed media work is constructed with architectural, fashion and old-school elements emphasized through color and form. Cruder’s photographic storytelling showcases her unique voice and personal interpretations of female iconography…who doesn’t love Barbie?

Jane Maxwell’s artistic voice grew out of a passion for vintage materials, modern fashion and design mingled with a deep fascination for pop culture and female icons. In the late 1990s, she studied mixed media at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

JoAnne Artman GalleryMaxwell’s work largely focuses on women, body image, and the feminine ideal. Her collages are deeply layered works combining color, texture, and text that surround and become the female figure. Maxwell’s art is shown in major galleries throughout the country and her work has been collected by art patrons around the world. Recently, Maxwell was selected for inclusion in the 30th anniversary edition of Who’s Who in American Art. She has been a guest lecturer at Wellesley College, Stonehill College, and The New England Art Institute on the topic of body image and art. Her work has been the focus of numerous newspaper and magazine articles and it has been featured in many art books, including Collage for the Soul (Rockport Books) and Mixed Media Collage (Quarry Books).

Jana Cruder, born and raised in western Pennsylvania, fell in love with photography in her early teens. Cruder’s dad built her a darkroom where she spent countless hours teaching herself how to process and print film. She went on to graduate from the prestigious photography program at Rochester Institute of Technology. There, Cruder learned the technical side of creating imagery, and after college, she moved west to start her own studio.

Jana CruderIn Cruder’s series “Great Expectations,” Barbie becomes ‘Working Barbie’ and Ken enters the story. Since the economy is down, Ken who is unemployed assumes the role of ‘Domestic Ken’ and spends his time entertaining himself at Barbie’s expense. As Barbie gets deeper into her career, she notices Ken is increasingly distracted. Conflicted, he finds he enjoys spending his time with his new BFF Joe. The story of these three plays out through a series of vignettes into the subtle dysfunctions of seemingly perfect relationships. This is an exploration and examination of the importance of appearance and how the societal roles of woman, man, husband and wife are learned and how the influence of today’s media and culture shape us through icons such as Barbie and Ken.

All of our artists’ work inspire, provoke, engage, and mesmerize.


JoAnne Artman Gallery
326 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Open for Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walk from 6 pm to 9 pm, and Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm, or by appointment.

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