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Janet Passehl
updated: 09/15/2012
website: janetpassehl.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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River, true shadows
River, true shadows (detail)
Red house, rain
Red house, rain (detail)
River and red room
Blue roof
Blue roof (detail)
Modern house, crazy sky
Sleeping Porch
Sleeping Porch (detail)
Blue edge (Theme from Sleeping Porch)
Blue edge (Theme from Sleeping Porch) (detail)
Blue cylinder with light inside, black cylinder with white waterfall
Flower Mountain Lake Night
River
 
Portfolio Keywords:  process, conceptual, landscape, nature, psychological, organic, domestic, abstract, architecture, memory
 
 
River, true shadows by Janet Passehl
River, true shadows
Prismacolor pencil and graphite pencil on Stonehenge Warm White
2012
22 " x  30 " 
River, true shadows (detail) by Janet Passehl
River, true shadows (detail)
Prismacolor pencil on Stonehenge Warm White
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Red house, rain by Janet Passehl
Red house, rain
Prismacolor pencil and graphite pencil on Stonehenge Warm White
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Red house, rain (detail) by Janet Passehl
Red house, rain (detail)
Prismacolor pencil and graphite pencil on Stonehenge Warm White
2012
22 " x  30 " 
River and red room by Janet Passehl
River and red room
Prismacolor pencil and graphite pencil on Stonehenge Warm White
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Blue roof by Janet Passehl
Blue roof
Prismacolor pencil and graphite pencil on Stonehenge Warm White
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Blue roof (detail) by Janet Passehl
Blue roof (detail)
Prismacolor pencil and graphite pencil on Stonehenge Warm White
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Modern house, crazy sky by Janet Passehl
Modern house, crazy sky
Prismacolor pencil and graphite pencil on Stonehenge Warm White
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Sleeping Porch by Janet Passehl
Sleeping Porch
Prismacolor pencil and graphite pencil on Rives Lightweight White
2012
19 " x  26 " 
Sleeping Porch (detail) by Janet Passehl
Sleeping Porch (detail)
Prismacolor pencil and graphite pencil on Rives Lightweight White
2012
19 " x  26 " 
Blue edge (Theme from Sleeping Porch) by Janet Passehl
Blue edge (Theme from Sleeping Porch)
Prismacolor pencil and graphite pencil on Rives Lightweight White
2012
19 " x  26 " 
Blue edge (Theme from Sleeping Porch) (detail) by Janet Passehl
Blue edge (Theme from Sleeping Porch) (detail)
Prismacolor pencil and graphite pencil on Rives Lightweight White
2012
19 " x  26 " 
Blue cylinder with light inside, black cylinder with white waterfall by Janet Passehl
Blue cylinder with light inside, black cylinder with white waterfall
Prismacolor pencil and graphite pencil on Rives Lightweight White
2012
19 " x  26 " 
Flower Mountain Lake Night by Janet Passehl
Flower Mountain Lake Night
cloth, paper, ironing
2011
4" x  36"  x 40" 
River by Janet Passehl
River
Cloth, ironing
2010
1" x  40"  x 14" 

Artist Statement

Janet Passehl Artist Statement

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The drawings in this portfolio represent a continuation of my exploration of the poetic possibilities of the ruled line. They are made with graphite pencils, color pencils and a straight-edge. The use of color and the increased surface density are recent departures from my previous practice of spare graphite pencil drawings, however, as I augment my vocabulary I simultaneously feel the tug toward reduction, and I expect to make a body of minimal drawings alongside these lush counterparts.  Each breeds, in fact contains, an opposing possibility. Sleeping Porch has an alter-ego in Blue Edge, in which I used the colors from Sleeping Porch to make one line. Blue cylinder… also has an alter-ego that is too spare to reproduce on the website, so I have not included it here. 

The organic and the austere, nature, landscape, and architecture exist together on the page, as do the polarities of accident and control. On close examination, imperfections in the surface of the wall on which I pin the drawings can be perceived as disruptions in the pencil strokes, and there are places where a straight line goes a bit wild as my hand slips past the straight-edge.

I retain a profound interest in the work of Agnes Martin, Donald Judd, Bonnard and the Venetian Veduto painters, however many viewers of my color drawings have related them to the drawings of Pat Steir, which is a valid observation.  Additionally, for the past two years I have been looking deeply at Renaissance painting, and I am beginning to realize a subconscious influence of color, composition and the evocation of mythology.  My increasingly intense practice as a poet has also affected my drawing in ways that are difficult for me to articulate. A heightened sensitivity and  the desire for greater possibilities of nuance, tone and exclamation are very much in operation.

 

Artist Bio / CV

Selected One-Person exhibitions
2006    Wandering Through Walls, Hamden Hall Country Day                     School, Hamden, CT
2003    Grain, Housatonic Museum of  Art, Bridgeport, CT
2001    Cloth, University Galleries, Central Connecticut State                     University, New Britain, CT
1996    Galleri Sævars Karls, Reykjavik, Iceland
1993    Gangurinn/The Corridor, Reykjavik, Iceland
Selected group and two-person exhibitions
2011  Extended Drawing, Tegnerforbundet, Oslo, Norway

2010 The Jewel Thief, Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY

         InVisible, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA

2009    One More, Thomas Rehbein, Cologne, Germany
            Selections,  The Drawing Center,             NY
           One,  Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark,
2008    Winter Salon, Bjorn Ressle, New York, NY 
            One More, Esberg Museum, Esberg, Denmark   
2007    Connecticut  Contemporary, Wadsworth Atheneum,                         Hartford, CT
2006    LeWitt X 2, Selections From The LeWitt Collection, Madison             Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI, travelled
            Twice Drawn, Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York
            Femme-Brut(e), (Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London,                 CT
            New Acquisitions, Works On Paper, New Britain Museum of             American Art, New Britain, CT
2004    Trace,    The Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2003     Iron Works, Anne Reid Art Gallery, Princeton, NJ
            Selections from the LeWitt Collection, curated by Sol                        LeWitt,  The New Britain Museum of American Art, CT
2001    Artists’ Collections,  Collection Lambert, Avignon, France
2000    2000,  The Corridor, and  Reyjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik,             Iceland
1998    The Curve of Her Spine, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly,             MA
1996     Women Draw, Gallery Onetwentyeight, New York, NY
1995    Raw Space, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
1991     Open Mind:  The LeWitt Collection, Wadsworth Atheneum,             Hartford, CT
Selected Collections
Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
The Kramarsky Collection, New York, NY
The LeWitt Collection, Chester, CT
The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Dove Bradshaw and William Anastasi, New York, NY
Alice and Walter Hekster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Tang Museum, Saratoga  Springs, NY
Sam Jedig, Copenhagen, Denmark