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Diana Jensen
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Dumbo



ARTIST STATEMENT: Art Statement In my paintings of oil on wood and canvas I rediscover and resurrect the people I find in discarded photo albums acquired at flea markets. Seeking the truth of the past, not simply historical record, I look for hidden expressions of intimacy and human interactions between the figures in the photographs. For a recent project I spent 2 years making paintings and an installation referencing photos I found of Pizzeria workers. I found dozens of snap shots of the workers (on the job and after hours) taped to the back wall of a pizzeria. The painting installation, "Galactic 99,” is composed of 99 individual portraits of the pizzeria workers on oil on wood and plexiglass installed on a wall. My goal was to paint each worker depicted in the snap-shots that I had found—acknowledging each as an individual. The “Blue Screen’” series of paintings (19 paintings) that accompanies the “Galactic 99” installation, focuses on the same snapshots of pizzeria workers. The title of the series references the blue screens of film making, where figures are shot and extracted from an environments pictorially. In both the installation and the painting series I investigate the role of the individual with in a group—studying how, in life, people come together randomly, interact and become close knit community.
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  • 4 Frames
    2012
    oil on canvas
    36" x 36"

  • "Palm 2"
    2012
    oil on canvas
    30" x 30"

  • Palm 1
    2012
    oil on canvas
    30" x 30"

  • Galactic 99
    2011
    99 panels of oil on wood and plexi
    8' dia
    99 individually painted portraits of oil on wood and plexi referencing photos found on the wall of a pizzeria of the workers.

  • Detail --Galactic 99
    2011
    oil on wood and plexi--99 panels
    detail
    99 individually painted portraits of oil on wood and plexi referencing photos found on the wall of a pizzeria of the workers.

  • Night Lights
    2013
    Oil on canvas
    48"x 48"

  • Top Taxi
    2013
    oil on canvas
    48" x 48"

  • Flash
    2013
    oil on canvas
    48" x 48"
    This painting series references photos found on the wall of a pizzeria of the workers on the job and after hours

  • Interior
    2013
    oil on canvas
    48" x 48"

  • Split 1
    2011
    oil on canvas
    12" x 12"

  • Red Shirt
    2011
    oil on canvas
    12" x 12"

  • Meet
    2011
    oil on canvas
    12" x 12"

  • Taxi
    2012
    oil on canvas
    14" x 14"

  • "Split 2"
    2011
    oil on canvas
    14" x 14"

  • Black Hat
    2011
    oil on canvas
    12" x 12"
    This painting series references photos found on the wall of a pizzeria of the workers on the job and after hours

  • Toast
    2011
    oil on canvas
    14" x 14"

  • Boys
    2011
    oil on canvas
    12" x 12"
 








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