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Janet Goldner spends much time in Mali. She makes free-standing steel sculptures and wall-bound installations that reference her artistic lineage going back to the welded sculpture of Julio Gonzalez. But the work also displays her social consciousness and her deep continuing interest in African art. Carl Hazelwood, July 2011 “Janet Goldner is a sculptor with a gift for wielding the blow torch

Background Information

 Over thirty years as an active artist, I have shown my work in over twenty solo exhibitions, and nearly one hundred group exhibitions throughout the United States, as well as in Lithuania, Germany, Italy, Bosnia, Australia, New Zealand, and Mali. I am the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and artist residencies, including a Fulbright Fellowship and a grant from the UN Special Committee Against Apartheid.  My work has been published in many books, journals, magazines, catalogs and news sources.  An artist-scholar, I have curated exhibitions, published articles and catalogs, and lectured at conferences, universities, and community venues.  I have also conducted sculpture workshops and community art projects in both the United States and Mali.

Bringing together art and poetry, I cut images & texts into steel sculptures using a welding torch to draw into the surfaces of the sculptures. Recently my installations have included video and sound as well as sculpture to provide additional points of entry.

The interplay of texture and pattern combines with an off-kilter geometry that gives my work a special immediacy and excitement. My work thrives on small tensions between light and shadow, positive and negative, organic and precise, playful and serious, political and personal.  I create my often-poetic steel sculptures using a welding torch as a drawing instrument, cutting images and sometimes text into them.  





2009 Fulbright Specialist Grant, Balla Fasseke Kouyate Conservatory of Arts , Bamako, Mali

2005 Ford Foundation, Three Continents Textile Collaboration- Indonesia, Mali, Nigeria

1994-95 Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, Mali, West Africa

1989 United Nations Committee Against Apartheid, Grant, South African Mail: Messages From Inside

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Janet Goldner

Global Africa project

Brooklyn Museum, Feminist Art Base

Institute for Wishful Thinking

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