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Vandana Jain
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Sunset Park



ARTIST STATEMENT: In 2001, Vandana Jain came across a digital repository of corporate logos, hosted on a Russian site. Coming directly from a practice of assemblage and collage, she saw an opportunity to use these symbols, and to draw on their instant recognizability and branded meanings. For the last decade, she has focused on using this "alphabet," to see what it can say about capitalism, globalization and consumerism. Her work often uses labor-intensive techniques and handiwork such as embroidery, to contrast with the clean aesthetic nature of the brands and mass-production. Through her work, this corporate symbolic language is exploded, and what remains is a re-examination of the structures that define the 21st century.
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ARTIST RESUME:


SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2018 Quid Pro Quo: Taeim Ha and Vandana Jain, Crossing Art, NY
2018 Artisanal Capitalism, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
2015 And If The Devil is Six..., Station Independent, LES, NYC
2014 Dazzle, Smack Mellon, Dumbo, NYC
2014 Small Solo: House of Brands and Alphabet, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Shorthand of Luxury, Station Independent, NYC
2012 The Invisible Hand Guides Us All to Our Gainful End, Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai, India
2009 Vandana Jain and Sven Drühl, With Space, Beijing, China
2005 Megacorp: Amy Chan and Vandana Jain, PS122, NYC


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2018
"For Which It Stands", Old Stone House, Park Slope, Brooklyn
"Beyond Transnationalism", AIFACS Gallery, The Raza Foundation, New Delhi; BDL Museum, Mumbai

2017
"Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions: South Asian Art in the Diaspora", Asia Society, NY
"Ornate Activate", Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Milwaukee, WI

2016
"Remix Re(memory)", No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab, Jamaica Colosseum Mall, Queens, NY
"Chez BKLYN", Galerie SE Konst, Falun, Sweden
"Nature Pops!", Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
"(In)Finite Futures", ABC No Rio, NY
"Forever Now", The Mars Lab, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia
"Exquisite Corpus: The Maize", New Jerusalem, PA

2015
"Living Room", Artisterium 8, Karavasla, Tbilisi Georgia
"Value of Food", St John the Divine, NY

"Adhere", Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ
"Ornate Activate", Shirin Gallery, Chelsea, NY
"Forever Now", MONAFOMA Festival, Hobart, Tasmania

2014
"Zines+ and the World of ABC No Rio", Center for Book Arts, NYC
"Surveillapocalypse", Five Myles, Brooklyn, NY

2013
"Debris Field", Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY
"Her Stories", Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA
"Summer Break", Station Independent Projects, LES, NY
"Ghost Modernism", Quartair, Den Haag, Netherlands

2012
"Toothsome", Bulletspace, LES, NYC
"Her Stories", SAWCC 15th anniversary exhibition, Queens Museum
"Arctypes and Well Rounded Characters", Studio 371, Jersey City, NJ
"Amplify Action", Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
"Trash Talk", Art Connects, Spattered Columns Gallery, Soho, NYC

2011
"Spin Off: Contemporary Art Circling the Mandala", Koffler Center, Toronto, Canada
"Open/Close", Cuchifritos in Essex Street Market, NY
"Can’t Hear the Revolution", Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY
"windows@walsh4.0", Seton Hall University, NJ
"Document", ABC No Rio, NYC
"Apartment Drafting 3", NYC

2010
"New Sincerity", Brooklyn Fireproof, NY
"Lost Symbols", St. Cecilia’s Convent, NY
"No Assumption", Minneapolis, MN
"Into the Void", Index Art Center, Newark, NJ
"Structures Within an Intervention", The Guild, NY

2009
"Good Looking", Grey Noise Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
"Domestic Policy", The Guild, NY
"God Don’t Like Ugly", The Church of St Paul the Apostle, NY
"Transitional Aesthetics", 798 Biennale, Beijing, China
"Threads: Interweaving Textu(r)al Meanings", Center for Book Arts, NYC
"Wonder What the Others Are Up To?", Gallery OED, Bangalore, India

2008
"Labyrinth", Exit Art, NYC
"Metropoles", Jamaica Center for Art and Learning, Queens, NY
"Peekskill Project", Peekskill, NY
"Homecoming", ABC No Rio, NYC
"Exploding the Lotus", Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL
"Emergence", Governors Island, NYC

2007
"Drawn, Hanged and Quartered", Pace University, NYC
"Emerging Artists’ Fellowship 2007", Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY
"The Occidental Artist", NurtureArt, Brooklyn, NY
"Emergency Room", P.S.1, NY
"Jiffy PoP", Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY

2006
"Pursuit of Happiness", Sarah Bowen Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
"Thanks: Returning the Favor", apexart, NYC
"Tropicalisms", Jersey City Museum, NJ
"You Were Never Here", Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
"A Distant Mirror", M.Y. Art Prospects, NY
"No Money Down", Aferro Gallery, Newark, NJ
"The Centre Cannot Hold", Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto, Canada
"Well Read", NurtureArt, Brooklyn, NY
"Sampler Stitch", Dam Stuhltrager, Brooklyn, NY

2005
"Copilandia," Centro de arte de Sevilla (caS), Seville, SpainMegacorp, PS122, NYC
"16 Rooms", Brooklyn Navy Yard, NY
"Dreamland Artist’s Club", Creative Time, Coney Island, NY
"Fatal Love", Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY
"Corporate Bodies", Momenta Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
"Primary, Secondary: Contemporary Drawing", Brookdale College, NJ
"Sub-version", PS 122, NY

2004
"Territories", Gallery ArtsIndia, NY
"Founding Fathers", ABC No Rio, NYC
"AIM24", Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY
"Eat Me", 65 Hope Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


RESIDENCIES AND FELLOWSHIPS

2015 Joan Mitchell Center NOLA Studio Program
2010 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant
2008 LMCC Workspace Program
2007 Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC, Summer
2007 Emerging Artists Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY
2004 Artists in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum for the Arts, Fall


SPECIAL PROJECTS

Arrow In, play by Nina Morrison, Dixon Place, 2012.
Girl Adventure: Parts 1-4, play by Nina Morrison, Dixon Place, 2011.
Market (representing ABC No Rio), Living as Form, Creative Time, 2011.
In Peace and War: 3 Teens Kill 4, Theatre 80 St. Marks, 2011.
Book of Stamps, ed. by Sina Najafi, Cabinet, 2008.


PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS

Foran, Jack. "Artisanal Capitalism," The Public, March 28, 2018.
Massier, John. Catalog essay, Hallwalls, March 2018
Jimerez Howard, Julian A. "Distant Visions and Lucid Dreams: South Asian Art in the Diaspora," Whitehot Magazine, July 2017.
Young, Stephanie. "Jain Masks Sinister Intention Behind Beautiful Optical Murals," Beautiful Decay, Jan 15, 2015.
Pangburn, DJ. "Dazzle Camouflage Hides Logos in Optical Illusions," Creators Project, Sept 25, 2014.
Howard, Christopher. "Shorthand of Luxury," Artforum.com, January, 2013.
Laluyan, Oscar. "Symbols of Personal Luxury," Artefuse.com, Jan 14, 2013.
"Painting by Logo," Mumbai Boss, Sept 13, 2012.
Shah, Pooja. "Vandana Jain," Kyoorius, pp. 90-91, Fall 2011.
Hilgenberg, Holly. "Home is Where the Art Is," Twin Cities Runoff, Dec 11, 2010.
Genocchio, Benjamin. "Maps of All Sorts Charting Mind and Space", NYT, 3/16/08.
Genocchio, Benjamin. "Coloring a Tropical Paradise," The New York Times, 12/03/06.
Davis, Ben. "Sign of the Times," arnet.com, August 17, 2005.
Stillman, Nick. "Introducing...," NYFA Current, May 5, 2004.
Smith, Roberta. New York Times, September 13, 1996, pC30.


BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Born in Queens
BFA, New York University Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
 








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