My name is Amanda Jiron-Murphy, and I am curating an installation by Philadelphia-based artist Janell Olah entitled "you make me nostalgic for a place I've never known" at the Flashpoint Gallery in Washington, D.C. Our application was accepted to the Flashpoint's 2011 season; however, we were ineligible for the grant money that accompanied acceptance into the gallery's 2011 exhibition season. "you make me nostalgic" has been over a year in the making; the floor plan has been entirely mapped out, and many pieces have been constructed. Your contribution through Kickstarter will support the installation, publicity materials and travel costs associated with mounting the exhibition.
Janell designs and creates inflatable sculptures that coexist with the systems of air vents, ductwork, plumbing and electrical outlets within a given space. She sews units such as pods and tubing out of translucent vinyl plastic. Using the air-flow and electricity that comes from the ducts and vents in a location, Olah's sculptures slowly inflate, deflate and are internally illuminated.
Although highly scientific in their planning, construction and execution, Janell's pieces are also emotionally evocative. To Janell, while architectural systems such as ducts, electricity and air vents have functional purposes, they also serve as metaphors for the ways in which human experiences, emotions and ideas are communicated. In this way, Janell has taken her interest in architectural spaces and systems, and creates living, breathing sculptures that lend themselves to a unique experience.
Photos courtesy of Jenna Stamm Photographer and Janell Olah.
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