Jeanette Pasin Sloan
JEANETTE PASIN SLOAN works in the great still-life tradition of Western art but takes a distinctly modernist approach to design and color, employing bold shapes, vertiginous arrangements of patterned fabrics, and distorting reflections (occasionally including her self-portrait). Her works have developed from placid groupings of everyday objects -- twentieth-century household items selected for their simplicity and boldness -- to the recent Balancing Acts series presenting objects in magisterial disarray, their effect approaching abstraction. As the artist has stated, "In the beginning, the distortions were unconscious. They've become much more conscious now. But I've always thought that my best work was right on the edge of disorder. I think it's as much about disorder as it is about harmony and balance".
Pasin Sloan's work has also evolved from a use of complex patterning reminiscent of Op art through a period of brilliant color to the subtle tonalities of recent work. This dazzling volume presents the finest of Pasin Sloan's paintings in oil and acrylic, watercolors, and prints, accompanied by a text that combines biography, description of the artist's working methods, and critical analysis. It reveals a fascinating body of work demonstrating what the artist has referred to as heroic materialism, comprising bravura technique, a rigorous pursuit of realistic beauty, and a modernist sensibility.
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BALANCING ACT II 1997
Jeanette Pasin Sloan at home River Forest Illinois
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