Janet Biggs
Tracking Up

May 10 - June 21, 2008
opening: Saturday, May 10 / 6-8 pm

Solomon Projects is pleased to present Tracking Up, the Atlanta premiere of six recent single channel videos by New York City-based artist, Janet Biggs. The exhibition will be presented on flat screen monitors mounted around the periphery of the gallery with comfortable seating and headphones. Tracking Up on view May 10 - June 21, 2008 will open with the artist in attendance on Saturday, May 10th from 6 - 8 pm.

Janet Biggs is among a substantial group of artists who turned to video and video installation in the early 1990s. Trained in painting and sculpture, she has exhibited since 1987. Biggs is known for a body of work centering on the image of the horse. In her earlier video installations, Biggs examined the way society constructs gender, often using the image of the horse as an emblem of female sexual sublimation and masculine power. More recently, Biggs has focused on themes ranging from the representation of desire and pleasure, to issues of spectatorship and aging. She has broadened this inquiry into questions of power and control by drawing connections between social and pharmacological prescriptions on behavior. Her epic multiple-channel installations and choreographed multi-disciplinary performances involving musicians, Olympic equestrians and synchronized swimmers have garnered Biggs a strong critical reputation and numerous museum exhibitions, as well as a position that places her work in the lineage of post-feminist discourse.

Janet Biggs received a BFA from Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA, and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. Recently, she has been featured in several museums, among them: The Gibbes Museum, Charleston, SC; The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University; The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH among others. Biggs received a prestigious Media Arts Residency at the Wexner Center for the Arts of The Ohio University, Columbus, OH in 2001 and 2003. In 2004, the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, Georgia State University awarded her a grant to create a video in Atlanta. Chamblee (2004) premiered at Solomon Projects that year. In 2006, Biggs was commissioned by Hermés to create a site specific, multi channel installation for their NY flagship store. Additional honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and project grants from Panasonic and Sony Electronics. This is Biggs's fourth solo exhibition at Solomon Projects.

This exhibition is generously supported by Hermés Paris and retromodern.com.


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