De Buck Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming solo exhibition by American sculptor Jane Manus. Evolution features a variety of new works by the artist, reflecting the progress of her decades-long career.
Jane Manus has been continuously developing her oeuvre of forceful geometric sculptures since the 1970s, when as a young, female artist at the Art Institute of Boston she learned to weld metal into sculpture, an experience Manus describes as a breakthrough in her artistic career. Manus’ work has indeed evolved, and today she works exclusively in aluminum. Her vibrant sculptures seamlessly integrate disparate elements of geometry, thereby truly transforming the spaces that they inhabit. Dynamic shapes and massive forms penetrate the viewer’s space, and seem to move and change in appearance due to their extreme three- dimensionality. Abstract though they are, Manus’ sculptures also retain an unyielding expressive character that gives each work a life and spirit of its own.
Architecture, bridges, and artists such as Kazimir Malevich are Manus’ primary sources of inspiration, and each is certainly discernable in her work. Aside from incorporating these diverse influences, Manus does something more; she creates large-scale geometric sculptures that not only fill space, but also create environments all while retaining a graceful aesthetic appeal that is unique to each piece. Evolution further draws attention to Manus’ oeuvre as a whole, as the juxtaposition of her large scale work with her smaller pieces and maquettes outlines the clearly compelling relationship between these two sides of Manus’ work.
Jane Manus was born in New York in 1951, and is now based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, and is included in many prestigious collections, including those of the Cricket Taplin Collection, Miami, FL; Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL; The Lincoln Center/List Collection, New York; the Georgia Museum of Art, Atlanta; and Syracuse University.