Jo-Ann Brody

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STATEMENT

OFF Balance

“Instability of one’s mind or feelings.”

“A condition in which different elements are not equal or in the correct proportions.”

This body of work represents a balancing act between overtly feminine forms and iconic ones. The pieces are not even, stable, or correctly proportioned. They are vulnerable and fragile in appearance with imagery evoking bones, trees, totems, and fertility figures.

Line rather than mass is the predominant consideration in this work. Inspiration is informed by the work of Modigliani and Matisse. All the pieces are made with light weight materials balanced at their tipping point.

In this exhibition, Brody explores papièr maché and the addition of color as well as continuing with her cement work. The papièr maché torsos are remade from previous work, reshaped, reimagined with thinner faces, arms/hands, and more acute angles. By manipulating the figures and distorting them, the women grow stronger and emotionally truer.

Brody’s typical vocabulary includes elongated figures grouped. The cement figures are intended to create a “forest of women.” For the past several decades, Brody has worked with series of figures echoing her fascination with the society and place of women.

All the work is done as an emotional and instinctive response to the world. The figures cannot be explained intellectually; they grow from their act of creation. Brody works in a light weight cement and in papièr maché with found magazine imagery and mulberry paper.

Art is an island of repose in the every more challenging world of current affairs.

Jo-Ann Brody, 2019
Crompond NY 10517

Education:

1968Reed College , Portland, OR     B. A. Fine Arts (combined program with below)
1967Portland Museum Art School , Portland, OR      Certificate of Study in Sculpture

Selected Solo Shows:

2019(Off) Balance, Ceres Gallery, NYC.
2016Women Forms, Gallery 66 Sculpture garden, Cold Spring NY.
2015Family Stories, Ceres Gallery, NYC
Musings: Work in Clay, Field Library Gallery, Peekskill NY
2014Scar Tissue, Ceres Gallery, NYC.
2013Conversations, Studio A Gallery, Tarrytown NY
2012Three Steps Forward, Ceres Gallery, NYC.
2010Guardians/Watches/Warders, Maxwell Fine Arts Sculpture Garden, Peekskill, NY.
2009Fugue Forms, Ceres Gallery, New York NY.
2007Sticks and Stones, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY.
Clusters, an installation, The Arts Exchange, White Plains, NY.
2005Boxes & Foxes: Surface & Stance, Maxwell Fine Arts, Peekskill, NY.
2000Gallery Zogei, (with Lisa Breznak) Kyoto, Japan.
Dialogs in the Garden; Figures in Cement, Chappaqua Library Gallery, Curator Larry D’Amico, Chappaqua, NY.

Selected Group & Juried Shows:

2018Balance, Curated by Bibiana Huang Mattheis, Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden, North Salem, NY
High Contrast: Culture Confronts Chaos, Invitational, In Question curating, Westchester Community College, Peekskill NY
The Doll Show, Juried exhibition, curator Liz Ndoye, Ceres Gallery, NYC
Local Artist Exhibit, Bethany Art Center, Ossining NY
2017Strong as a Woman curated by Carla Rae Johnson and Marcy B. Freedman, Peekskill NY
100!, Curated by Bibiana Huang Matheis, Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY
2016WORD, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill NY
2015The Farm Project 10th anniversary Show, Collaborative Concepts, Saunders farm, Garrison NY
2014
Brains, Boobs and Backbones, curated by Carla Rae Johnson, Paramount Center, Peekskill NY 10566
Women: the Rock the Root the Foundation, Bean Runner Café curated by Lisa Breznak, Peekskill NY 10566.
My Girl, Its All about Things, Portchester NY
Jose Marc Gallery at Affordable Art Fair, NY
Hullaballoo Collective at the Fountain Fair, NY
Peekskill Open Studios, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill NY
2013Placemaking: Re-Envisioning White Plains, the ArtsExchange, ArtsWestcheter, Curated by Nazanin H. Munroe, White Plains, NY
The Farm Project 2013, Saunders farm, Garrison NY, also 2006-2012
2012Sculpture: On and Off the Wall, the Arts Exchange, ArtsWestcheter, White Plains, NY.
2011
Earth, the ArtsExchange, ArtsWestcheter, curated by Leigh Taylor Mikelson, White Plains, NY.
2009Ineffable Woman: A Bi-Coastal Conversation, Ceres Gallery NYC & California Institute of Integral Studios, San Francisco CA.
2008
Peekskill Project IV, site-specific sculptural installation, Peekskill, NY.
The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces, curated by Jennifer Heath, a traveling exhibition
10 x 10 x 10, curated by Judy Sigunick, Ellensville NY
2005Winter Solstice, The Studio, White Plains and Armonk, NY
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art: A benefit auction of significant works, Robert Miller Gallery, NY.
Hold the Line, Peekskill Project, site specific sculptural installation, Peekskill, NY
2004
Art at War, The Artist’s Voice. Aldo Castillo Gallery, Chicago IL.
Third Biennial Women Book Artists Exhibition, Theresa Prator Curator, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC.
2003Art in Nishijin, Kyoto, Japan.
Women of the Book: Jewish Artists, Jewish Themes, Starr Gallery, Newton, MA. , Curator Judith Hoffberg,

Panels:

2017How to Promote Your Art: WORD Artist Panel II, HV Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill NY
2016Artist Residencies in the Schools, First Monday Salon Series, Bean Runner Café, Peekskill NY
2007The Feminist Cooperatives in NY, Brooklyn Museum, Sackler Wing, Brooklyn, NY.
2001The Japan Experience, Katonah Museum Art Assn, Katonah Museum, NY.
2000Slide Presentation to MFA students in ceramics, Seika University, Kyoto, Japan

Selected Articles:

Sculptures Big and Small, and All in the Open, ‘The Farm Project 2013,’ at Saunders Farm in Garrison, Susan Hodera, New York Times on line 9/13/13.
“A Global Response to War Rendered in Words and Images,” Victor Alejandro Sorell, NY Arts Magazine. Nov/Dec. 2004, Vol. 9, No.11/12
“Upfront,” Ceramic Monthly, May 2003.
“Art Reviews/D. Dominick Lombardi: Abstract paintings that create a roller coaster ride,” New York Times Westchester Section, Dec, 15, 2002.
“Office Artwork Brings Out the Critic in Employees,” Tanya Mohn, NY Times, Jan. 31,2001.
Article in Kyoto Shinbun, Oct 18, 2000.
3 articles in Japanese: Morning Asahi, Mainichi, & Daily Yomieri, Oct. 15, 2000

Boards:

Digital Communication, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
Secretary, Peekskill Arts Alliance, Peekskill, NY
President, Collaborative Concepts, Putnam Valley New York