Vandana Jain is a conceptual artist whose work recontextualizes corporate logos to create new interpretations of these well-known signs. Her awards include the Bronx Museum’s AIM program in 2003, the Emerging Artist’s Fellowhip at Socrates Sculpture Park in 2007 the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Residency in 2008-9. She has shown at a variety of venues locally and internationally, including Toronto Free Gallery(Toronto, Canada); the Queens Museum(NY); ABC No Rio(NY); Momenta(NY); the Soap Factory(MN); Grey Noise Gallery (Lahore, Pakistan). Two of her installations were recently included in the 798 Biennale in Beijng, China. www.artcodex.org/vandana_jain
PRAYER FLAGS FOR HEALTHCARE, 2009
screenprint on fabric, string, 150 feet, 10” x 13” each
“For this work, I collected various healthcare, pharmaceutical, and charity trademarks, particularly ones that utilized heart, hand, or people symbols and arranged them into a meta-icon. Following the format of Tibetan prayer flags, I surrounded the meta-icon with protest slogans advocating health care reform.”
WORLD EMPIRE DOMINION, 2010
paint on wall, 7′ x 5′ approx.
Drawn from various industries including real estate, freight transport, air travel, hospitality and communications, these symbols are all related to the words World, Globe, Dominion, and Empire, either through the names of their companies or via the imagery. Together, they form a dancing figure, a deity that represents the pursuit of property.