Selected Public Art Works and CommissionsMillennium Leave Taking, 2000, First Night Binghamton, 8'x250', handmade paper, dye, netting, paper clips, messages composed by viewers, Binghamton, NY.
Jane was commissioned by First Night Binghamton to create a participatory installation of 20,001 handmade paper leaves for First Night Binghamton, Binghamton, NY. The Fulton Street gallery in Troy, NY also invited Jane to be an artist in residence for the month of December 2000, and joined in helping with the First Night Binghamton project. Jane worked with Troy community participants to create an indoor installation of 2,001 handmade paper leaves which was on display at the Fulton Street Gallery, a non profit art center at 406 Fulton Street in downtown Troy, during the month of December. The Troy leaves were transported to Binghamton to join with the large installation for the First Night celebration in Binghamton.
Community volunteers worked with Jane during November and December to make the thousands of handmade paper leaves, each unique and ranging in color from greens, to yellows, oranges, reds and browns. Each leaf had handwritten text by participants about the cycle of life and resolutions for the new millennium. At the installation viewers were invited to take a leaf as a souvenir and leave a leaf that they wrote for someone else to take, thus making a constantly changing and evolving participatory art work. This work MILLENNIUM LEAVE TAKING was similar to Jane's 1998 piece made at Connemara Conservancy in the Dallas, Texas area. For more information on Connemara click here.
Watching, 1997, sculpture/installation
of 100 birds, each about 18" tall, made of painted handmade paper
over wire armature and coated with polyurethane, installed on bus shelters
in Utica, New York.
create the "People Fence" I worked with youth from Utica's
Municpal Housing Authority for two summers. The cut-out figures
represent the kids themselves, and the youth participated in the project
by painting their own images. This project was funded by a n "Artists
at Work: Community Projects" grant I received in 1995 from
the Central New York Community Arts Council, the New York State Council
for the Arts State and Local Partnership Program and the New York
Foundation for the Arts. This grant program supported projects
where artists were working in the community and actively involving the
local community in art. Zoo officials are excited to have the new
public art work and are talking about expanding the "People Fence"
by adding more kids and perhaps animals in subsequent years.
"High Five" is a colorful abstract representation of five hands
raised in the traditional gesture of greeting. It hangs over a subway
ramp, and the hands decrease in size as the incline of the ramp increases.
The handmade paper forms are joined with string and painted with acrylic
paints in a rainbow progression of colors. The forms have the opposite
color on the reverse so that the viewer gets an entirely different view
coming from the other direction. This site specific temporary installation
is the result of a grant from the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Arts
for Transit, Creative Stations program. The work remains on view in the
subway at 42nd Street between 5th and 6thAvenues,
New York, NY.
in the Wind, 1992, 5' x 12', commissioned
site specific wall relief sculpture of painted handmade paper and string
installed in the boardroom of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors
& Publishers), New York, NY
Celebration (detail), 1992, 5' x 70' in
three sections, commissioned site specific wall relief sculpture of painted
handmade paper and string in the Main Lounge, Federal Reserve Bank of
New York Operations Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey
On January 10, 2003, Jane re-installed the 72-feet long site specific work she made in 1992 for the opening of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Operations Center in East Rutherford, NJ. Jane's work had to be taken down in Fall 2002 for building rennovations. Jane redesigned the painted handmade paer and string construction to fit the renovated wall. The work remains on view in the Main Lounge of the bank's 24-hour operation center.
Letting It All Hang Out; 1995; size is variable; recycled clothing, paint, clothes pins, clothesline, laundry basket.
Letting It All Hang Out was an interactive installation and part of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition's 1995 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, NY. This sculpture of used clothing was installed by me as a performance piece at the opening of the exhibition. The work offered visitors the opportunity to create their own line of wash by changing, adding to or taking away these and other clothes left in the laundry basket. Instructions to the viewer were posted on the flagpole. The installation changed many times during the four weeks of the exhibition and gave new recycled clothing to some participants.
suspended sculpture in twelve parts of painted handmade paper and string
in Union Station at Utica, New York.
"Birds on a Wire" was installed between two trees on the Village Green in Hamilton, NY, for the 1995 summer outdoor sculpture exhibition which celebrated the village's 200th birthday. This sculpture gave the illusion that a large flock of black birds had just landed. I organized and curated the exhibition of contemporary works by seven artists, all present or former residents of Hamilton.
Rows; 1995; 2' x 16' x 12', variable installation, multiple units,
each unit approx. 2' tall; recycled coat hangers, paper pulp; paint; polyurethane.
"Corn Rows" was part of the 1995 outdoor sculpture exhibition I organized for the celebration of Hamilton, NY's bicentennial. The sculpture was installed on the village green for the summer along with works by six other artists who are present or former residents of Hamilton. "Corn Rows" has also been installed in the garden gallery at Gallery 53-Artworks, Cooperstown, NY, in November - December 1996. It looked quite different in the snow. It was installed in harvested bundles for this exhibition at Cooperstown called "The Harvest Show", also organized and curated by me.