Biography

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Jordana Rae Gassner is an internationally exhibited US-American artist.  She is primarily an oil painter with a focus on metaphysical realism.

With a strong focus on structure and line, these abstract paintings become evocative and engaging.  There is a powerful dynamism, even with a reduction into simple forms. The color pigments reflect between each other held within their oiled medium.  "My colours are potent, the combinations lively and real."

The early years of her life were spent in the Black Hills of South Dakota, USA. It was there she learned to love all that nature had to offer while running barefoot through fields and climbing up big rocks. JRG is living and working in Regensburg and spends much of her time experimenting with exploring ideas of science and spirituality on traditional supports such as linen canvas. 
A moderate stint in art conservation began before beginning studies in Psychology, Literature, Shamanism and Philosophy, and helped to refine her focus towards 2 dimensional paintings and sculptural objects. She has had years of experience in art conservation and continues to explore areas where conservation can be applied to present-day works. 
JRG obtained her Bachelors of Arts in 1999 after studying at the Universidad de las Americas in Mexico, the Universität i Bergen in Norway and Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, USA.
Jordana has had the honor of being mentored by several established local and international artists. Her works are elegant and strong and evoke a sensual engagement with the viewer. 

Member in the BBK Niederbayern/Oberpfalz


Additional Information

Taking 3 template views of creation: the molecular, the more or less everyday „figurative“ and the cosmic, I switch between these images in attempts to re-awaken a knowing connectedness of all things and possibilities. From a very young age, there was a recognition within me of what I thought an inherent prison-nature of human existance. My youth spent reading texts of philosophy and social critique, art became a way to change the discussion about what it means to live on and in harmony with one's self and planet earth.

My oil paintings are a continuation of American predecessors' abstract expressionism and a nod to classical mastery of spike lavender, egg tempura, pigments, flax and wood supports. The modernization of technique is to bring in the full spectrum of oil paints' versatility by evoking a lived in, favorite-jeans-feel with the holes in the knees and rubbing on the pockets. This is achieved by using fogging, wrinkling and craquelure in addition to traditional glazes, scumbling, impasto.

There is an undefinable lack of constriction in my work yet by negotiating repetitive colors or forms, there is also a feeling of structure, and thereby resonant calm. The incorporation of the 3 primary colours of red, blue and yellow into every piece, the works are intended to encroach upon a literal manifestation of limitless possibility; a visual reminder that those 3 colours can create an almost infinite number of results.  To extend the flexibility of each artwork and subsequently the aimed expansiveness of thought behind it, sometimes, the pieces do not have a single side that is "up." This means, for instance, that a collector or curator can choose to place a polyptych together or hang each individual piece in differing combinations and orientations.

 

The paintings are organized mainly by series, but often works can be combined to create new polyptychs due to their color or size similarities. 

Each painting is unique.



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JORDANA RAE GASSNER

b. 1976, Black Hills, SD, USA


Education

2023-2024 Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Kolbermoor, Germany (in progress)
1999 Bachelor of Arts, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, USA

1998-1999 Universität Bergen, Norway
1997 Universidad de las Americas, Mexico City, Mexico

Solo / Group Exhibitions

2023
I am You’, Florence Biennale XIV, Florence, Italy
97. Jahresschau Kunst- und Gewerbeverein Regensburg, e.V., Germany
'Zurück Gewonnen Freiheit', North Wing St. Josef's, Regensburg, Germany

'X artists', Prachtsaal Studio, Berlin, Germany
ArtMUC Art Fair, Munich, Germany

2022
Spectrum Art Fair, Miami, FL, USA
'100 Unter 1000', Schindler LAB gallery, Potsdam, Germany
Discovery Art Fair, Frankfurt, Germany
ARTMUC, Munich, Germany
EuropArtFair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‘Where the Wild Things Are?’, Gallery Graf, Amberg, Germany
PAF – Parallax Art Fair, London, England
‚Art at Midnight‘, Broadway Plaza, Times Square, New York, NY
Krones AG Ausstellung, Regensburg, Germany [solo]
Animals, Grey Cube Gallery, online
‘THE WAY’, Albe Art Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
‘Transcending Barriers: Art Outside The Box’, Teravarna Art Gallery

2021
‚Komm’ unter meine Flügel‘, Neuer Kunstverein, Regensburg, Germany
‚From Micro to Macro‘, Kunstgalerie Graf, Amberg, Germany
‘I want to Believe’, Gallerium , online, Ontario, Canada
‘WHATEVS’, Art Fluent, Massachusetts, USA
Open Theme, Las Laguna Art Gallery, California, USA
Light Space & Time, Online Art Gallery
Art Show International Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA
Azucar Gallery, Berlin, Germany
‘Landscape’, Art Show International Gallery, artsy.net
‘PANTA RHEI’, Galerie Schindler Lab, Potsdam, Germany
‘On Site’, Kunstgalerie Graf, Amberg, Germany

2019
‘Landscapes’, Finesse Center, Regensburg, Germany
2018 ‘Abstract Landscapes’, Marina Forum, Regensburg, Germany
2017 Finesse Center, Dauerausstellung, Regensburg, Germany

Honors and Awards (nominations indicated)

2022 Certificate of Excellence, Circle Foundation for the Arts
Finalist, 2022 Animals, Grey Cube Gallery, “Dintsa le Dikolobe”
2021 Merit Prize Award, Art Show International Gallery, “Introspection”
Special Recognition, Light Space & Time, “Gemma”

Publications/News Pieces

2022 Art Business News | Spotlight Recipient
TVA Blitzlicht / television news interview
Onetz (Region Amberg) / "Zwei junge Künstlerinnen stellen in der Galerie Graf am Amberger Roßmarkt aus"
Oberpfalz TV / "Kunstausstellung in der Kunstgalerie Graf"
Circle Quarterly Art Review Magazine – Issue 8
2021 „Die Frau aus den Black Hills”, Mittelbayerische Newspaper (Zeitung)
Issue 18, Artist Talk Magazine, London, UK
„Change the Discussion“, Top 99 catalog, Regensburg, Germany
Goddess Arts Magazine, Germany
“Gemälde-Genuss im Schaufenster”, Onetz, Sulzbach-Rosenberger Amberger Zeitung
Issue 19, Art Hole Magazine, United Kingdom

Public and Corporate Collections

Cording Rechtsanwälte, Deggendorf, Germany
Kanzlei Christian J. Kreuzer, Regensburg, Germany
Krones AG, Neutraubling, Germany
MG Holding GmbH, Saal / Donau, Germany
Vogl Electronic GmbH, Salching, Germany