New Shoes, a collection of vibrantly colored paintings by Janet Mait is on exhibition in a striking modern office space in Manhattan. Janet's abstract work has been evolving since she debuted the collection at a Chelsea exhibition in Fall 2010. Mait describes her recent paintings as, " ... more spontaneous and the brush strokes more definite. I want an unstructured and spontaneous expression on the canvas...to reflect a sense of freedom”
The Art Student's Leaguein NYC, where Mait paints, works with corporate and community spaces throughout Manhattan interested in exhibiting artwork. The artist has an opportunity to present their work in a public space and the host has the benefit of rotating exhibitions in their hallways and offices.
Squire Sanders, a global law firm is hosting the exhibition of Mait's work. The NY experience begins at Rockefeller Center,
and continues as you enter the classic Art Deco building, 30 Rockefeller Center, which opened in 1933.
The elevator opens to the entry of the sleek and modern office space, which is a great backdrop for modern art.
Mait's work lines the office's long hallway of conference rooms.
The blue grey walls, the open space and light, all make the work stand out
The employees we spoke with enjoy having the artwork, from the halls to each of the four conference rooms.
Mait's work is about color and composition, she "thinks a lot about color combinations but so often that changes and the beginning does not dictate the end." In talking about her work and the way it has evolved, the artist likes the freedom that abstraction provides. After studying and spending time as a sculptor of bronze figures, Mait feels she can express herself in abstraction in a way that a structured composition or sculpture doesn't allow.
The exhibition will be at Squire Sanders through October 1st. It's an enjoyable walk through the classic NY architecture of Rockefeller Center, and a modern office space filled with Mait's lively abstract paintings - people tell me that Janet's color drenched paintings 'make them smile"!