Exhibition on Display: April 16, 2021 - June 26, 2021
Works by Dan Jian
My work explores landscape as a motif and metaphor that conveys a depth of meaning
through the reductive representation of form. As an immigrant, I find landscape acquires
meaning through memories. Through reflection and recollection, we are the subjects
overwriting a landscapeís original narrative while holding the potential of all future
memory. The current work draws pictorial references from Buddhist mural painting in
Tang dynasty caves, China (Mogao Caves at Dunhuang), in which stories and narratives
are constantly shifting due to the flattened and sometimes ambiguous background.
Examining this characteristic, I explore shifts in meaning by re-contextualizing
familiar traditional painting motifs and making new points of connection between
people, places, and narrative. Working with oil on paper, I blend quotidian environs
with non sequitur images to capture a narrative that remains mysterious enough to
invite personal associations and imaginings. Each work is an open-ended formal search
that examines how culture builds myths, defines what's ordinary, and incites emotion.
Dan Jian (b.1986, Hubei, China) is a visual artist who works across painting, drawing,
and project-based installation. She received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art,
Temple University, and from the Ohio State University, she gained her MFA with a
minor in Comparative Study.
Dan's recent solo show and two-person shows include Coburn Gallery in Ashland University
in Ashland, Ohio, 934 Gallery and Sean Christopher Gallery in Columbus, OH; Organhaus
Contemporary Art Space in Chongqing, China. Her group work was exhibited nationally
across the US, as well as internationally in China and Italy. Her awards and endorsements
include a recent RCAF project grant from Texas Christian University, Certificate of Merit
from the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Arts and Humanities Graduate Research Grant at
Ohio State University, as well as Finalist for the Don Bachardy Fellowship in London, UK.
Dan is a recent residency alumnus of Ragsdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center,
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.
Keeping an on-going studio practice. Dan currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and
works at Texas Christian University.
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stimulate and assure the advancement of the arts throughout Fort Worth. Todayís Arts Council
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ABOUT THE FORT WORTH COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER
Located at 1300 Gendy Street, the Fort Worth Community Arts Center is part of the most
architecturally significant museum districts in the United States, Fort Worthís Cultural
District. The Arts Centerís mission promotes experienced and emerging artists with nine
indoor galleries and an outdoor courtyard gallery. The Arts Centerís Hardy and Betty
Sanders black box theatre and the William Edrington Scott Theatre hosts a wide range of
performances by local and nationally known artists and organizations. The historically
significant building is home to artistsí studios, nonprofit arts organization office
suites, and classrooms. Learn more at www.fwcac.org