The Library of Keys @ Crane Hall
Exhibition on view until: Friday, August 26, 2011
An installation by Jane Runyeon
InLiquid presents The Library of Keys, an installation by Jane Runyeon in the Hall at the Crane Arts Building. The exhibition will be on view from July 13 through August 26, 2011. There will be a reception for the artist on Second Thursday, July 14, 2011 from 6 to 9 pm, and an additional reception on August 11, 2011 from 6 to 9 pm.
For many, keys are an icon of things locked away, like love, aspirations, secrets, and dreams. To artist Jane Runyeon, keys symbolize the possibility of access – the thought of attaining what is within our reach. The assemblages in this exhibition represent dreams – places and things that could be attained when we finally surrender.
With The Library of Keys, Runyeon utilizes her vast collection of imagery, found objects and repurposed hardware to alter the viewers’ perception of their surroundings. Runyeon has always drawn inspiration from both the beauty and complexity of nature. This body of work does not stray from her goal as an artist – each piece is a reworked reality, devoted to reinventing the landscape.
Runyeon was born and raised in Pennsylvania, where she remains a resident and active participant in Philadelphia’s art community. After receiving her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati, Runyeon went on to teach drawing and painting, and now continues to mentor young artists. Self-identifying as a landscape painter, her diverse body of work has been actively shown since the early ’80s nationwide, including notable venues such as The Living Arts and Science Center in Lexington, KY, Absoloop Gallery in Venice, CA, The Please Touch Museum, The Fuel Collection, and Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia. She has received fellowships from The Vermont Studio center, the Purchase Award from Pennsylvania State University, and her work has been widely collected in personal and corporate collections. In 1998, she founded All Together Art, an organization that provides contemporary art and design services, reinventing a company’s entire aesthetic – from interior corporate space to advertisements.