Janet Nolan makes assemblages using large quantities of singular cast-off objects that she accumulates from NYC streets. The objects are then transformed through serial methods of construction. She has no preconceived sculpture in mind when she gathers these objects, rather the nature of the object itself suggests content and form. Some of the objects are made of hundreds of broken umbrellas to thousands of aluminum soda and beer cans flattened by traffic and colorful plastic bottle caps. Other materials she uses are repurposed “clean” objects like plastic six-pack holders, glass baby food jars and men’s neckties. Her sculptures and installations range in scale from 11 x 9 x 9 inches to a 57 x 11.5 x 11.5 foot permanent installation commissioned for the seven story atrium of Harvard School of Public Health.
Exhibitions of her work in New York City include Hunter College, Citibank, Pfizer, Inc., Donnell Library, American Fine Art, Art in General, Dru Arstark Gallery, Livestock Gallery, Lesley Heller Gallery, Bruno Marina Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Kentler International Art Center
On Long Island her work has been shown at Hillwood Art Museum at C.W. Post University, Anthony Giordano Gallery at Dowling College, Islip Art Museum, Smithtown Arts Council, East End Arts Council, Omni Gallery, Alpan Gallery, St Joseph College and Ille Arts in Amagansett
Other work exhibited in the U.S. include Prudential Insurance Company, Newark, NJ; Fayerweather Gallery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD; Sun Valley Art Center, Sun Valley, ID; Arts Festival of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA; The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL; DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA and Highland Art Center, Truro, MA.
Collections of Nolan’s work include two permanent installations at Harvard University. Nightingale commissioned for the Harvard School of Public Health atrium of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Building, Boston, MA. In 2007 Beam commissioned for the University Operations Services, Blackstone South Building, Cambridge, MA. Other public collections include Jule Collins Smith Museum at Auburn University, Georgia State University, PS 58 in Brooklyn, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection), Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, LLP, New York, NY and the 9/11 Memorial Museum, New York, NY