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Janet Goldner
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Park Slope



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work bridges diverse cultures, focusing on the unique beauty and genius of each as well as what we have in common. It explores culture, identity and social justice working in various media: sculpture, photography, video, installation and writing. Cultural preservation is important to my work. Annual visits to Mali provide me with inspiration which is then transformed in my artistic practice. My social consciousness and deep and continuing interest in African art and culture also fuel the work.
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  • Note to Self
    2015
    Steel
    18" x 18" x 3"

  • Intersections
    2015
    Steel
    18" x 32" x 2"

  • Ideograms
    2015
    Steel
    variable

  • Zig-Zags
    steel
    Zig-Zag is a series of gestural steel sculptures. Zig-Zags occur in Malian chiwara masks and in ideograms, signifying a road that is not straight but contains many twists, turns and detours. This w

  • Have We Met?
    steel sculpture, video, sound
    Have We Met? (A Portrait of Mali) is a installation with steel sculpture, video and sound. It includes gestural steel sculptures inspired by Malian masks, sculptures and ideograms and a 15 minute sp

  • Wealth in Africa
    2103
    Video, Sound, Photographs, Mixed Media
    40" x 32" x 2"

  • Wealth in Africa-Detail
    2103
    Video, Sound, Photographs, Mixed Media
    40" x 32" x 2"

  • Fire & Water
    2014
    Steel, Video, Sound
    10' x 10'- (variable)
    This mixed media wall installation combines welded steel, video and sound. It pays homage to the potters and blacksmiths in Mail. The videos are documentary. The sculptural elements are abstract.

  • Fire & Water- Detail
    2014
    Steel, Video, Sound
    10' x 10'- (variable)
    This mixed media wall installation combines welded steel, video and sound. It pays homage to the potters and blacksmiths in Mail. The videos are documentary. The sculptural elements are abstract.

  • negelan
    steel
    Negelan is a wall installation composed of elements, iconography that have occurred in my work for many years. Cut-out steel figures, feathers, hands, and geometric patterning comprise the intricate,

  • Can We Acknowledge?
    steel
    This work is a continuation of my series of large steel books. The interplay of positive and negative space, of image and text is important to this work. This steel accordion-book/fence has five 4-f

  • Bamana/Bambara
    2009
    Steel
    7' x 6' x 3"
    The WhY (Ntlomaw) series was inspired by an architectural pillar, in the form of a forked stick used as the support for traditional Malian adobe houses. They are often quite undulating but provide, no

  • Ntlomaw/WhY Installation
    steel
    The WhY (Ntlomaw) series was inspired by my research in Mali. Burnt onto the steel panels, the ntloma/Y-stick form is an architectural pillar, in the form of a forked stick used as the support for tr

  • Most of Us Are Immigrants
    steel
    Most of Us Are Immigrants was originally sited on Houston on the Lower East Side, home to successive waves of newcomers for 200 years. This work celebrates immigration as an integral and continuing p

  • Ideogram Book 2
    2007
    steel
    Hinged sculptural steel books with movable pages, pieced and pierced by imagery and text, result in varying degrees of transparency through made of steel. The books are playful layered, steel collage

  • Interesting Times
    2013
    Vinyl Banners
    Interesting Times is a series of twelve banners that present images of cultural sites in countries where there have been recent upheavals along with images of protests. The individual banners are 1&#

  • Bintou's Salon (Bintou)
    2009
    digital photograph
    An intimate portrait of an open air beauty salon in Bamako, Mali, where women prepare for weddings, parties and other celebrations. Bintou and Aisha work long hours especially on the weekends to satis

  • Bintou's Salon (Customers)
    2009
    digital photograph
    An intimate portrait of an open air beauty salon in Bamako, Mali, where women prepare for weddings, parties and other celebrations. Bintou and Aisha work long hours especially on the weekends to satis

  • Obama in Mali (Cab)
    2009
    digital photograph

  • Obama in Mali (Beads)
    2009
    digital photograph
 








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