- Katherine Boland: Her New Exhibit On Fire
- M. Jordan Tierney: at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
- Ivan Govaerts: Figurative and Ornamental Art
- Kenneth E. Wooten: Folk Style Decorative Art
Emprise at 4 a.m.
This is not the first time Jordan Tierney
and her pyrographic assemblage work have graced the pages of WOM where
she was first introduced in Pyrograffiti
9 in November 2000. Nor is it the first time her work has graced
the halls of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, where four of her
earlier collage works form part of their permanent collection.
The current special exhibit Insomnia: Night Landscapes, at The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., opened recently with an elegant reception on the mezzanine befitting of the museum's equally elegant building, which is a splendid example of Renaissance Revival architecture located in easy walking distance of the White House. The Insomnia exhibit will be showing until June 15th.
Jordan's assemblage--at over 8-1/2 feet tall and nearly 6-1/2 feet wide!--is by far the largest piece in the exhibit. It is one of the most impressive ones there as well: The starry night is made up of dominoes set in at varying levels of relief. A woodburned sculpted figure rises from within them, hair flowing among them. A bed spring occupies the lower third of the 'canvas' with whole piano keys arranged behind it in a flowing pattern to suggest the legs of the female figure. The huge art work occupies almost the entire wall between two doorways in one of the salons dedicated to this juried group exhibit of 31 artists.
Emprise at 4 a.m., Detail
In his somewhat sarcastic critique in the Sunday 30 March 2003
Washington Post entitled "The Women of 'Insomnia': Tossing
and Turning to Art," Paul Richard was obviously enjoying his
tongue-in-cheek exploration of the world of insomniacs and their exhibit
at NMWA. Jordan was one of the handful of artists whose work he
highlighted in his critique. Here is that excerpt:
The " . . .numerous [stars] in M. Jordan Tierney's "Emprise at 4 a.m." (2001) are little white dots on dominoes. Tierney's piece is sort of typical: It's got a lot of darkness, and a solitary figure, female of course, floating through the vastness, and a bed, or at least a rusty set of bedsprings. She uses them as if they were a veil over the grave."
Reminiscent of the famous Dokoupil's Soot Series (in a little segment in Pyrograffiti 8), a visit last summer to an open house at Jordan's studio revealed that she had all sorts of new ideas in big and little works, including her own Soot Series in a large collection of little metal-rimmed tags. See a sampling in the images following:
Jordan now has her own www.jordantierney.com website in
addition to the Azimuth Group
one she's been sharing for a couple of years with her partners from 57N
Fine Art in Washington. 57N Fine Art is the group's gallery converted
from a remarkable old warehouse. It's also where Jordan has her studio
and custom framing business.
Visit the Jordan Tierney Salon in the E-Museum of Pyrographic Art.
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