Jan Cook’s work is about imagination and mystery. She worked as a photographer in Mexico and that experience influenced her imagery by developing her interest in traditional ritual and celebration. She has a fine art background and likes to work with with alternative and mixed media processes. Her images are a combination of photographic reality and fabrication created by using traditional darkroom techniques in unconventional ways.
Jan resides in Portland but is originally from Seattle. She has exhibited in the US and Mexico. Recently, she has shown at Roll Up Gallery in Portland and Gallery 1/1 in Seattle, and was published in Diffusion Magazine.
SELECTED SOLO AND FEATURED EXHIBITIONS
Illumination - Capturing Light Without A Camera, Gallery 1of1, with Ross Sonnenberg Seattle, WA
Scattered Light, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA
Bright Ideas, Gallery 110, Spotlight Gallery, Seattle, WA
Fugue, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Quadraphotique, Roll Up Gallery, Portland, OR
2nd Annual Group Show, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY. Juror: Paula Tognarelli
Diffusion Annual Exhibit, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX. Curated by Libby Rowe and Blue Mitchell
The White Show, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA
Printmaking Now, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA
Food for the Soul, Gallery 114, Portland, OR
Unbridled Narcissism, Blackfish Gallery, Portland OR
Evergreen: A Sense of Place, WA State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle, WA
New Members: New Work, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA
RECENT GRANTS, AWARDS, RESIDENCIES
Critical Mass Finalist
Regional Arts and Culture Council Professional Development Grant
Fraction Magazine Anniversary Issue 122, http://www.fractionmagazine.com/issue-122
Kat Kiernan, Photo of the Day May 19, 2017, Don’t Take Pictures, http://www.donttakepictures.com/photo-of-the-day/?offset=1495972800145
Elin Spring, Altered States Abound at Photolucida 2017, What Will You Remember? Blog http://elinspringphotography.com/blog/photolucida-2017-altered-and-abstract-imagery/
Blue Mitchell, Diffusion Magazine, Lemniscate of Diffusion Volume VII, 2016, “Mise-en-Scené Invitational”, page 82.
Julie Grahame, online review on the @Curator blog
Erica Wheeler, Camera Arts, “Blurring the Boundaries Among the Mediums”, August/September, pages 20-23.
Robin Updike, The Seattle Times, "Colorful walls add to exhibits at Farris Gallery", August 15, 1995, Page F1.
Regina Hackett, The Seattle P-I, "Photographers frame their own showing in Kirkland", March 11, 1993 Page C7. .
Laura Brunsman and Ruth Askey, Modernism and Beyond, Women Artists of the Pacific Northwest, Midmarch Arts Press, NY, Page 91.
Exhibition Catalog: Art Works for Aids, Seattle Center Pavilion, Seattle, WA. Curated by Chase Rynd.
Freelance Photographer and Grip. Staff Photographer with Chihuly Studios and Cultural Institute of Tabasco, Mexico
Co-owner and Curator, Galleria Potatohead, Seattle, WA
BFA Photography, University of Washington
2 yrs Independent Study with Paul Berger, Photography Professor, University of Washington School of Art
© Jan Cook 2019