Glyndor Gallery | July 12–September 5
McStarbucks, 2016, Artist tape on wall, 80 1/2” x 67 1/2”. Courtesy of the artist.
Vandana Jain explores the intersections of pattern and symbol, spirituality and consumerism. As commentary on global capitalism, her work explores questions and tensions between the relationship of the spiritual to the commercial, as well as the larger political and economic power structures at play in the world. Contrasting handmade and machine, individual and conglomerate, Jain places corporate signifiers into quasi-religious contexts, and implements hand-worked techniques to contrast with the clean aesthetic and design of corporate brands. McStarbucks is a graphic chimera of two corporate logos rendered in colorful artist tape directly on the wall. Fortune is an animation based on data from Fortune Magazine's annual ranking of the highest-grossing global corporations. The top 100 companies of fiscal year 2011, as depicted by their logos, slowly enter a mandala formation according to their rank. The work builds to the 100th logo, at which point the mandala gradually retracts back to nothingness.
Jain has shown at a variety of venues locally and internationally. These include Toronto Free Gallery; Queens Museum; ABC No Rio, New York, NY; Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY; the Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN; and Grey Noise Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan. She also exhibited in the 798 Biennale in Beijing, China in 2015. She has participated in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace residency program, the Emerging Artist Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park and the 2003 Artists in the Marketplace program. Jain received a BS in fine art and art history from New York University and a Certificate in surface design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Fortune, 2012 (video still), Animation (color, sound), 3:34. Courtesy of the artist.
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Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.