JB Squared | John Brekke & Jane Bruce
new work in glass and mixed media
October 4 - November 16, 2019
John Brekke is an American artist whose work focuses on the visual line in abstract as well as figurative contexts. This attention to line appears in the multiple forms of his art: drawing, painting and glass. He has shown internationally and his work is included in a number of permanent collections including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Carnegie Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, Daichi Museum and the Australian National University. John has worked on site specific installations and commissions for private clients. Brekke currently lives and works in New York City.
“ The enamelware tells stories from my distant past, mingled with shreds dialogue I might hear in passing on, say, the street or subway. The enamelware is used because of its similarity in surface to the glass works but also for the ready-made nature of the forms. The forms are re-purposed, obsolete hospitalware, pots and pans. Along with texts they tell a visual story of decline, rejection and re-birth; mirrors showing the viewer looking at and moving through the work; as participant in the story; leaving their own fleeting mark. “
Jane Bruce is an independent artist and educator based in New York City. Jane has always maintained the paired careers of maker and teacher. She teaches and exhibits internationally and her dual careers have taken her around the world, from Europe to the USA, to Australia and back again to the USA. Jane works in a range of techniques and materials to create objects and mini installations. Jane received a Master of Art & Design degree from the Royal College of Art, London, and undertook further post-graduate study at the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred. Throughout her career she has been the recipient of a range of international Fellowships, Awards and Grants, and her work can be found in many prestigious museum collections world-wide, including the Toledo Museum of Art
“The new series of work, 'Constructs: the thing about space is that it just keeps going', looks at physical and illusory space and is divided into two bodies of work. Constructed Landscapes, which uncovers and explores the geometry of the magnificent and unending coastline of the far north east of Caithness, Scotland. And Constructed Space, where the works seem to alternate between 2 and 3 dimensions and in which the viewer is an integral participant.