Jan Brandt is the artist/owner of Jan Brandt Gallery in Bloomington, IL. Brandt curates rotating artist exhibits in a historic former Coca-Cola Bottling Plant. Her recent solo exhibits include Bio Lab by Jan Brandt, opening March 2017 at Heartland College in Normal, IL, Visiting Artist exhibit Foray at The Sheared Edge in Peoria, IL, Happy Contagion at Swellgallery in West Dundee, IL, Hybridity:New Assemblages by Jan Brandt, Water Street Studios Chronicle Gallery in Batavia, IL. Selected group exhibits include Freak Out at Zhou B in Chicago, Sexism; a Touchy Subject at Arc Gallery in San Francisco, CA, The Confluence of Art and Science, Pence Gallery, University of California at Davis, and The F Word, Feminism Now at ARC Gallery in Chicago, IL Ms Brandt holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, both from Illinois State University in Normal, IL. She was awarded High Merit in Field of Study by the Fine Arts faculty. Brandt's work has been included in multiple print and on-line publications, including American Art Collector, Studio Visit Magazine, ArtSlant, Creative Quarterly, IArtistas, StudioSpoken, The Dialogist, and The Buzz. Her work will be featured on the National Women’s Caucus for Art website in May of 2017.She is the author of Jan Brandt Gallery 2012-2015. Brandt has been interviewed for the podcast StudioBreak and NPR affiliate station WGLT for Sound Ideas. Selected awards include Four time ARTSLANT Showcase Winner, Director's Choice at the Viridian Artists 26th International Juried Exhibition, and Artist of the Month, groundarts.org.
Disparate textiles such as donated clothing, pompoms, and muslin are hand stitched by artist Jan Brandt into three-dimensional hybrid assemblages. An organic, obsessive process drives this intricate work evoking growth and accumulation. The assemblages are displayed as mutating within and edging out from wooden hoop “Petri dishes”, biological experiments attempting to escape glass specimen jars, and free form encroachments on the walls of the exhibition space.
Brandt’s work represents a confluence of art and science through the process of feminist artistic tradition. Her assemblages and installations question the definitions, contradictions, and classification of art and craft while suggesting the interpretation of biological concepts.
The physicality of these capsular works offers a macroscopic, larger than life expression of cellular growth, whimsical and disconcerting at the same time.