Jana Cruder

Morning Coffee

Morning Coffee

Jana Cruder - Morning Coffee - metallic chromogenic archival print, 30"x40", edition of 8, 2012

Working Girl

Working Girl

Jana Cruder - Working Girl - metallic chromogenic archival print, 40"x30", edition of 8, 2012

The New Normal

The New Normal

Jana Cruder - The New Normal - metallic chromogenic archival print, 40"x30", edition of 8, 2012

Awakening

Awakening

Jana Cruder - Awakening - metallic chromogenic archival print, 40"x30", edition of 8, 2012

Song For You

Song For You

Jana Cruder - Song For You - metallic chromogenic archival print, 30"x40", edition of 8, 2012

Poolside

Poolside

Jana Cruder - Poolside - metallic chromogenic archival print, 30"x40", edition of 8, 2012

Who Knew

Who Knew

Jana Cruder - Who Knew - metallic chromogenic archival print, 30"x40", edition of 8, 2012

Three’s Company

Three’s Company

Jana Cruder - Three’s Company - metallic chromogenic archival print, 30"x40", edition of 8, 2012

In this series, Barbie becomes ‘Working Barbie’ and Ken enters the story. Since the economy is down, Ken who is un-employed, assumes the role of ‘Domestic Ken’ and spends his time entertaining himself at Barbie’s expense. As Barbie gets deeper into her career she notices Ken’s increasingly distracted. Conflicted himself, he finds he enjoys spending his time with his new BFF Joe. The story of these 3 plays out through a seres of vignettes into the subtle dysfunctions of seemingly perfect relationships.

 

This is an exploration & examination of the importance of appearance and how the societal roles of woman, man, husband & wife are learned and the influence of today’s media & culture shapes us through icons like Barbie & Ken. This a continuation of the images of Barbie, capturing different phases of her life. I recognized a part of myself through the creation of this body of work.

 

This series came to life in 2011 and was photographed in 2012. The setting was very important to the execution of my vision, In search of a mid-century modern home I was introduced to three friends who offered their homes. A very heartfelt thank you goes to each and every person who helped bring this vision to the walls today.

 

EXHIBITIONS
2013
Jan – Photo L.A. International Art Exposition – Santa Monica, CA
Apr – Group Show, “Exposed, A Photographic Journey”, Curated by Laurie Weitz, Gallery 446 – Palm Springs, CA
May – Group Show, “Grace & Ritual”, iam8bit Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
Sept – Artist Collaboration, “The Jane & Jana Show”, Joanne Artman Gallery – Laguna Beach, CA
2012
Jun – Solo Show, “Great Expectations”, Barneys New York – Las Vegas, NV
Oct – Solo Show, “Great Expectations”, Brett Wesley Gallery – Las Vegas, NV
Nov – Solo Show, “Bombshell”, Bubble Lounge – New York, NY
2010
Jun – Solo Show, “What Lies Beneath”, Brett Wesley Gallery – Las Vegas, NV
2006
Oct – Red House Gallery – Venice Beach, CA
2003
Feb – High Falls Gallery – Rochester, NY

 

AWARDS
2012 – Emerging Focus Top Finalist
Silver Eye Center for Photography Fellowship 13 – Judges Commendation
2006 – Hottest New Talent – American Photo
2004 – Addy Award
2003 – Published American Photography 18

 

PUBLICATIONS
2013 – “PHOTO – LA: Where Beauty + Big Ideas Converge”, Flaunt Magazine
“Jana Cruder: Capturing a Plastic Marriage”, CHAOS Magazine
2012 – “Jana Cruder photographs Barbie idealism with real-world complications”, Las Vegas Weekly
“Fake Plastic Trio”, Seven
“Jana Cruder”, aCurator
2010 – “Barbie and Snow White featured in new exhibition at Brett Wesley Gallery”, examiner

 

EDUCATION
2003 – BFA, Professional Photographic Illustration: Advertising Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology,
Rochester NY

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Poolside

Jana Cruder - Poolside - metallic chromogenic archival print, 30"x40", edition of 8, 2012