Title: Synapse : sculpture by Jane Manus
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Title: Synapse : sculpture by Jane Manus
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Language: English
Creator: Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida
Publisher: Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
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Spellbound, 2005, painted, welded aluminum, 72 x 72 x 34 in.
(182.88 x 182.88 x 86.36 cm.), lent courtesy of the artist

Sculpture by Jane Manus

Four metal sculptures by Jane Manus are positioned in
three outdoor locations: the east, west and north sides
of the Harn Museum of Art. Even though these works
are separated geographically, their dynamic energy
leaps from one space to another, like the synapse or
junction between two nerve cells or neurons. Synapse
also refers to the creative link between the work of
Jane Manus and the work of the pioneers of geometric
abstraction. On view for two years, the installation
represents the first exhibition of outdoor sculpture at
the Harn Museum of Art, located at the University of
Florida Cultural Plaza in Gainesville.

Spellbound, 2005, painted, welded aluminum, 72 x 72 x 34 in.
(182.88 x 182.88 x 86.36 cm.), lent courtesy of the artist


SW 34th Street and Hull Road
Gainesville, Florida 32611-2700

cover: Homage to Al, 2008
painted, welded aluminum
148 x 40 x 40 in.
(375.9 x 101.6 x 101.6 cm.)
Lent courtesy of the artist
Photography by Randy Batista


The International artist Jane Manus has
S created a significant body of abstract
Artist geometric sculpture. Her work has
been exhibited throughout the United
States, Canada and Europe. Manus' sculpture is also
included in the public collections of the Lincoln Center/
List Collection, New York; the Georgia Museum of Art,
Athens, Georgia; the Sagamore Collection, Miami Beach,
Florida; the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park,
Florida; Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida; the Lowe
Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida;
and the Flint Institute of Art, Flint, Michigan.

The Manus has many antecedents in the arena
of abstract geometric sculpture. Consider
W ork artists such as Tony Smith, Mark di
Suvero, Ronald Bladen, Joel Shapiro
and George Rickey. One of few female artists working in
this genre, Jane Manus provides a refreshing alternative
to massive and overpowering steel sculpture created by
some of her male counterparts. Manus' sculpture is light
and playful. Made from aluminum, they are painted in
bright and bold colors. Her work avoids symmetry or
predictability and is simultaneously simple and complex.



Interview with the artist, Jane Manus, by Kerry Oliver-Smith,
Curator of Contemporary Art at the Har Museum of Art
What interested you in becoming an artist?
When I was young, I always enjoyed drawing. Ultimately, I
studied at Rollins College and the Art Institute of Boston and
had my first one person show in 1976.

How did you discover your talent in metal sculpture?
In high school I worked with clay and had a kiln in my room.
That was before my parents removed it for fear of burning
down the house. Drawing, printmaking and painting were
always part of my life. Eventually, I became interested in
doing more monumental work and started working with
wood constructions. However, I always found a problem with
warping, so I turned to steel.

What do you enjoy about working with metal sculpture?
I like metal sculpture because of its permanence, and because
you can see immediate results. You can tack or weld parts
together to see what the work will look like. I like working
with aluminum, because there are no rust problems and it is
lighter. You don't need a hoist or crane. I am free to work on
my own.

Exit Row, 2006, painted, welded aluminum, 168 x 72 in. (426.72 x 182.88 cm.)
Gift of Elayne and Marvin Mordes

Extended, 2005, painted, welded aluminum, 72 x 136 x 48 in.
(182.88 x 345.44 x 121.92 cm.), lent courtesy of the artist

Are there any specific historical or contemporary artists
that you admire or who have influenced you?
The constructivists, Mondrian, Mark di Suvero and David
Smith. Women sculptors who have inspired me include
Louise Nevelson, Louise Bourgeois and Beverly Pepper.

Can you describe your creative process?
I begin with a rough sketch and then create a cardboard
maquette. There are no writing pads with cardboard backings
left in the house. Next I make a metal maquette, and then I
begin work on the larger piece.

How would you describe the energy
and movement in your work?
Movement is very important for me. You can look at my work
from multiple views, and it will always be different. All of the
angles are equally important.

What can you tell us about the relationship
of your work to architecture?
Architecture has always inspired my work. Part of that comes
from growing up in a house designed by Alfred Browning
Parker.* In a different life, I would have gone to architecture

*Designer and builder Alfred Browning Parker is a famous
leader in the tropical modern architectural style. Influenced by
the "organic architecture" of Frank Lloyd Wright, Parker is well
known for his homes in South Florida, where artist Jane Manus
grew up. Manus' sculpture Homage toA/is dedicated to Parker.

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