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Jane Szabo

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Art Center College of Design, MFA

Representing galleries
Gallery 825 / Los Angeles Art Association / Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

photo, digital, photography, conceptual, figurative, abstract, Enviornmental Portrait photography

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Nov, 2014 Fresh 2014
Current Exhibitions and Events
Sep, 2014 All Media 2014
Irvine Fine Arts Center

Jane Szabo received an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Her award winning photography has been has been exhibited across the United States. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Vermont Photo Place Gallery, The Dark Room Gallery, PhotoSpiva, San Diego Art Institute Museum of the Living Artist, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and Gallery 825 in Los Angeles.

I my opinion one could substitute the word “tinkerer” for artist. For me, the act of being an artist is the act of working with my hands, creating things out of seemingly nothing or the mundane, making things look beautiful and drawing your attention to details. My work is strongly informed by my history as a painter and mixed media artist. Though I have a camera in my hands, I still think and create like a painter as I play with composition, color, and abstraction.
After a successful career in the film industry, I am now able to approach my art making with no strings attached. I can explore and experiment and take risks. This freedom to finally “play” has led me to develop new bodies of work that take me outside of my comfort zone as I explore social and psychological aspects of myself and those around me. I am deeply interested in the human condition and my work explores how we live, how we relate to each other, and how we feel about our self-identity.
Making art is a never-ending process of self-discovery and exploration. One project or idea leads to the next, and the work constantly evolves. It is the most exciting road to travel, and I will stay on it learning, growing and “tinkering” to the very end.

PROJECT STATEMENTS This series of environmental portraits, which are shot in the subject’s home, have an added twist. A parent is photographed in a child’s room, a child is presented in a parent’s space, and activities occur in unusual places. The displacement of the subject makes the viewer pay special attention to their surroundings.

I recently was asked the very valid question as to why I had chosen to photograph people.
When returning to the camera after a long hiatus, the first thing I said was “I don’t shoot people.” And yet, here I am, inviting myself into people’s homes, invading their personal spaces and looking deeply into their psyches. As humans, we are drawn into the lives of others, yet we see our own reflection. I hope this project serves to allow each viewer a moment of self-reflection. These beautiful images invite you in, but once inside they force you to question your own identity, and your relationship with others.

Sense of Self After shooting many portraits of people in their homes and attempting to tap in to a psychological element, I realized that I was frequently referencing my own self-identity and issues. It was then time to turn the camera around and start working further outside my comfort zone. It was time to expose my “Self” and reveal my own vulnerability. I am currently working on a series of self-portraits entitled Sense of Self. Many of the images within the project document a process or activity. Blur, movement and light are used to add a psychological element to the work. This is a large body of work and is much more conceptual and experimental than my previous projects. These images explore my struggle to maintain a rigid sense of order upon my self and my environment (a process that is failing). This attempt and failure to contain chaos parallels my personal struggles and sense of identity. Unfortunately, this self-imposed rigid sense of order, a self that wants to grid, to sort, to map, to control, conflicts with my need to escape into freedom.

I’m with the Band Being married to a musician means many late nights in dark and often smoky venues. After getting the obligatory “live” shots that every band member craves, I began to investigate the behind the scenes moments that are so much more personal. I’m with the Band documents one short week while hanging out with The Other Mules, a nasty blues band, as we peruse the clubs of Amsterdam and its neighboring cities.

In other bodies of work I bring my eye and sensibility as a painter. Using macro lenses, and manipulating light and depth of field as a way to create painterly forms, I am experimenting with shooting everyday objects and showing them in abstracted views, emphasizing texture and form.


Recent Exhibits

Jane Szabo participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2014 World Wide Art Los Angeles - Art Fair
Los Angeles Convention Center
Oct, 2014 World Wide Art Los Angeles Art Fair - Booth #102
Los Angeles Convention Center
Oct, 2014 Art Off the Walls
Truax Building
Sep, 2014 The Art of Stem Cells
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
Aug, 2014 Regional Juried Exhibition
San Diego Art Institute
Aug, 2014 The Non-Objective Moment
Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
Click here to see all exhibits for Jane Szabo

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