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Joan Giordano

I am committed to a pluralistic approach in my work.

The physical process of turning one object into another by subverting the uses of materials becomes a framework for a range of political and aesthetic concerns. 

Much of my work incorporates paper of some kind. Paper's metaphysical qualities  serve both as the matrix of my imagination and the embodiment of the forms I make.

"The concept will realize itself in form." George McNeil

Giordano's  creative practice merges painting, sculpture and the conceptual with a variety of media and processes including slashing, folding, gluing, welding, soldering, burning, fusing, waxing, troweling and various installation strategies. 

Joan Giordano lives and works in Manhattan and in Upstate New York.  Awarded a graduate fellowship to Hunter College, she holds an MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY where she studied with George McNeil.  Giordano worked with Bob Blackburn at the Printmaking Workshop NYC and attended the Art Students League of New York. In 1979 she co-founded the art school - ART Lab at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY which continues to thrive. She is represented by June Kelly Gallery in NYC.


BIBLIOGRAPHY (*Reviews & Interviews) (Catalogues) (Publications)                                                                                                              

2012, Editors Choice, "Her constructions using newspapers are an homage to the beleagured print medium.," The Lookout: Art In: America, July 19, 2012

*Peter Plagens, " Giordano anchors pasted strata of those paper purveyers of news to make handsome works that hang on the wall like a Samurai's divested armour.", The Wall Street Journal, July 21, 2012

 *Joanne Mattera, "Affinities Fiber and Wax, "Surface Design Winter 2011" Conference. 37.

Pilimpsest Encaustic, Catalogue. Essay by Thalia Vrachopoulos, Seoul, Korea: Art Link Gallery, 2010 

Women Artists’ Biennale, Catalogue. Incheon, South Korea, 2009

High Fiber. Catalogue. Tucson, AZ: Conrad Wilde Gallery, 2009

*Marie Fowler, “Artist draws inspiration from Japan, Greece,” Mainline Times, Philadelphia, PA,        September 18, 2008

* Jonathan Goodman, “New York Joan Giordano; Tenri Cultural Institute,” Sculpture, December, 2007

* Germain Lussier, “Dip Into ‘Triptychs,” Times Herald - Record, Sarasota, FL, August 10, 2007

Paper Cuts: The Art Of Contemporary Paper, Media Gallery: Garnett, Kansas, 2006. Catalogue. Exhibition toured by Exhibits USA 2006-2009

*Julia Martin, “Art Lab Celebrates 30 years,” Staten Island Advance, March 26, 2006

* L.P. Streitfeld, “East Meets West At the Hammond Museum,” The Advocate & Greenwich Times, CT. August 22, 2004

Spirit of the Planet. Catalogue. Vienna: Art in Embassies United States Mission to International Organizations, 2002

Joanne Mattera, The Art of Encaustic Painting, New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2001

Paper Road. Catalogue. Siena, Italy: Museo Santa Maria Della Scala, Instituzione del Comune di Siena, in collaboration with International Association of Hand Paper Makers and Paper Artists IAPMA, Intnl Assoc Papermaking Artists, 2000

*Dominick Lombardi, “Imagery of Three Artists Is Contrasted in Pearl River Exhibit,”

New York Times, January 16, 2000

The Savannah College of Art and Design Presents New York Artists Equity Assoc, Inc. Catalogue. Savannah, GA: Savannah College of Art and Design, 1999

Pulp Function. Catalogue. Brockton, MA: Fuller Craft Museum, 1999

Gail Stavitsky, Waxing Poetic/ Encaustic Art In America. Catalogue. Montclair, NJ: The Montclair Art Museum, 1999

*Sandra Sider, Interview “Joan Giordano’s Elemental Forms,” Fiberarts, Nov/Dec 1999

*William Zimmer, “Wax as Medium and a Message,” The New York Times, June 6, 1999

*Robert Curcio, “Joan Giordano at Staten Island Institute of Art,” Cover-Arts, May 1999

* Michael Fressola, “Sculptor Seeks ideas In Paper And Metal; Joan Giordano Meditates on ‘Skin: Structure and Form,” Staten Island Sunday Advance, April 4 1999

Skin Deep: A Solo Show, 'Neighborhood', The New York Times, March 14, 1999

Branching Out; Recent Wall Sculptures. Catalogue. New York: Walter Wickiser Gallery, 1998

Art In Embassies, Embassy Of The United States Of America, Friends of Art & Preservation in Embassies. Catalogues:   Nicosia, Cyprus: U.S. State Department, 1997

Fiberart International ’97. Catalogue. Pittsburgh, PA: Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh,

*Muriel Silberstein-Storfer, Doing Art Together, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc, 1982, revised 1997

* Mary Thomas, “Biennial Fiberart International ’97. Guild’s Exhibition First-rate,“ Fiberarts",

  Pittsburg PA, August 1997

* Vincent Katz, “Donald Judd, Joan Giordano ‘Splashing’,” New York Times, July 26, 1997

“Museum Exhibits Showcase Work of Two Renowned Artists,” Paper Tidings, Museum of Papermaking, Atlanta, GA 1997

* Rob Walton, “On and Off the Wall,” Creative Loafing (Atlanta, GA), January 8, 1997

* Stacie Mackenzie, “Metal, Thread the Media in Museum Exhibit,” Danville Register and Bee, Danville  TX, October 8, 1996

Joan Giordano. Catalogue, forward by Nancy Princenthal,  Steel Angels Museum Tour, 1994

Life: Color: Form, An Exchange Group Exhibition Between Japan & USA - Provincetown- Koganei, Tokyo. Catalogue. Womens Foundation, 1995

* Bonnie Donnelly, “New Art Center Exhibits Color for Fall,” The Parkersburg News,

October 13, 1995

* Joan Altabe, “Art: Making New History,” Sarasota Herald Tribune, January 1, 1995

*Joan Altabe, “Giordano’s ‘Ancient’ Objects Are Items of Inwardness,” Sarasota Herald Tribune, February 27, 1994

*Tony Riveti, “Manhattan Profile/Joan Giordano,“ New York Newsday, July 18 1992

*Joan Altabe,  Interview, “Sarasota Sculptor Talks With Textures,” Sarasota Herald Tribune, September 25, 1988

*HM Cauley, “Story Of paper Unfolds at Museum“  The Atlanta Joournal/The Atlanta Constitution, January 30 1997

“Visual Art Recommended”  The Atlanta Journal/The Atlanta Constitution, January 17, 1997


 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS SINCE 1991

2013 TEXT Joan Giordano, H. Pelham Curtis Gallery, New Canaan Library, CT

2012 Spinout, June Kelly Gallery, NY, NY 

2010 Waxed In Time: 4 Takes on Encaustic, Tenri Cultural Institute, NY, NY (4 person)

2009 Time Travelers, Serrano Contemporary Gallery, NY, NY

2008 Collective Identities, Lawrence Gallery, Rosemont College, Phil, PA

2007 Presences, Tenri Cultural Institute, NY, NY

2006 A Mano, The Gallery at Chelsea Eye, NY, NY

2005 Kozo Nexus, Sumi New York

Brambles & Pods, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY, NY

2004 Transforming Textures, Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden,

North. Salem, NY

Arrested Light & Texture, The Trenton City Museum of Art at Ellarslie, NJ

2003 Three From Artist Equity, Blue Hill Cultural Center, Pearl River, NY (3 person)

2002 Uncommon Connections, DVAA Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Narrowsburg, NY

2001 Skin: Structure & Form, Staten Island Museum, NY

New Work, Sullivan County Museum, Hurleyville, NY

2000 New Work, The Art Center, St Petersburg, FL

Made In Japan, Robert Furst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA

Work from Japan, American Museum Of Papermaking, Atlanta, GA

New Work, Walter Wickiser Gallery, NY, NY

1999 Steel Angels /  Museum Tour:

Danville Museum of Art, Danville, VA

Longview Art Museum, Longview, TX

Ellen Noel Art Museum of the Permian Basin, Odessa, TX

Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg, WVA

Lamar Dodd Art Center & Museum, Lagrange College, Lagrange, GA

Gallery East, College of Eastern Utah, Price, Utah

The American Museum of Papermaking, Atlanta, GA

 

CURATORIAL POSITIONS

Juror, National Association of Women Artists, Inc. 123rd Annual Exhibition

Curator, Art of the NorthWest, Whatcom Museum of Art, Bellingham, WA

Curator, National Juried Exhibition, Staten Island Institute Arts & Science, NY

Exhibition season curator, Rockland Center For the Arts, West Nyack, NY

 

PUBLIC APPEARANCES

Lecture, IAPMA Congress Conference, Int Assoc Paper Maker Artists, Italy

Lecture, Papermaking in Japan, Cooper Union Great Hall, NY, NY

Lecture, Textile Study Group of New York, NY, NY

Lecture, Paper Sculpture East West, FRIENDS OF DART HUNTER,  Handpapermaking Assoc, Portland Or

Lecture, Paper Sculpture, National Museum of Fine arts, Santiago, CHILE

Lecture, Jimmy Ernst Art Alliance, East Hampton, NY

 Workshops, Silvermine:  Dimensional Paper, Printmaking, New Canaan, CT

Workshops, Womens’ Studio Workshop, Paper Sculpture, Rosendale, NY

Workshops, Paper in 3D , Silvermine, New Canaan, CT

Symposium, East West Art Exchange, National Arts Club, NY,

Panel Moderator, The Art Market, Artists Talk On Art, National Arts Club, NY,

Panelist, Encaustic Art Today, Artists Talk On Art, School Visual Arts, NY

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Museum of Papermaking, Past Member Board of Directors, Atlanta, GA

Art Lab, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, NY, Co-Founder & Advisory Board

ATOA, Artists’Talk on Art, NY, NY, Member of Board of Directors

New York Artists Equity, NY, NY, Past Member Board of Directors

The National Arts Club, NY, Member

World Crafts Council, NA, UNESCO, Member Board of Directors

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

Grant, New York State Council on the Arts

Fellowship Hunter College, NY, NY

Jurors’ Choice Award, Fiberarts International, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA

Residency, YADDO,Saratoga Springs, NY

Residency, VCCA,, Virginia Center For the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA

Residency, Womens Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

Residency, Awagami Paper International Tokushima, Japan

Residency Fugimori Paper Mill with the National treasure, Yochi Fugimori

Juror Department of Cultural Affairs, NY, NY,

Juror Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Narrowsburg, NY

Juror, Staten Island Museum, National Juried Exhibition, NY

Juror, Department of Cultural Affairs, NY, NY

Visiting Artist, Ringling School of Art; Workshop, Sarasota, FL

Visiting Artist, University South Florida, Tampa, FL

Juror, National Association of Women Artists, Inc. 123rd Annual Exhibition

 

Selected  PUBLIC, CORPORATE, AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

AMERICAN TELECAST INTERNATIONAL, Philadelphia, PA

ART IN EMBASSIES PROGRAM, U..S. STATE DEPARTMENT: 

Nicosia Cyprus; Ancara Turkey; Vienna, Austria. Sophia, Bulgaria, in the Permanent collection of ZAMBIA

AWAGAMI MUSEUM HALL OF AWA, Tokushima, JAPAN

HENRY BUHL COLLECTION, NY

BEST PRODUCTS CO, INC, SIDNEY LOUIS COLLECTION, VA

CBS, NY

DIRAY TV, WILTON CT

COLLEGE OF THE DESERT, Palm Springs, CA

COOPERS AND LEBRAND, NY

CROSSLANDS SAVINGS BANK, NY

DAVID GARTH ASSOCIATES, NY

DIVERSIFIED PHARMACEUTICAL, Philadelphia, PA

ELLEN NOEL ART MUSEUM OF THE PERMIAN BASIN, Odessa, TX

ENSSLIN & HALL ADVERTISING, Tampa, FL

GOODYEAR TIRE CORPORATION, Wahington, DC

GUNN, FISH, MEADE ASSOCIATES, NY

HAMMOND MUSEUM & JAPANESE STROLL GARDENS, North Salem, NY

HEALTH SOUTH, White Plains, NY

HOUSATONIC MUSEUM OF ART, Bridgeport, CT

HOWARD RUBENSTEIN ASSOCIATES OF NY

IOWA METHODIST MEDICAL CENTER, Demoines, IO

JOHN ANTHONY DESIGN, NY

LASSER MARSHALL, INC, NY

LIBERTY PROPERTY TRUST, Minneapolis, MN

LONGVIEW ART MUSEUM, Longview, TX

MEDIA SYNDICATION GLOBAL, NY

MERRILL LYNCH, NY

METROPOLITAN SAVINGS BANK, NY

MOHAMMED DAKHIL EST., Daubi, SAUDI ARABIA

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART,  PRINT COLLECTION, NY

NEW JERSEY STATE MUSEUM, Trenton, NJ

NORTH CAROLINA NATIONAL BANK, Tampa , FL

PEPSICO, INC., Purchase, NY

PIERRE CARDIN, NY, Paris, FRANCE

PRICE WATERHOUSE, Hackensack, NJ

PROPERTY RESOURCES CORPORATION, NY

SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, Savannah, GA

THE TRENTON CITY MUSEUM OF ART,  at Ellarslie, NJ