Vandana Jain has been working with well-known corporate logos since 2002 as a
way to examine the deep influence of consumer culture on modern life. She
appropriates and recontextualizes these brands, arranging them into mandalas or
using them as the basis for architectural installations.
Recently, she has started working with groupings of logos based on industry as well
as symbolic affinity. Configuring them into models for temple-like pavilions, totemic
drawings, and large-scale figures, she questions the nature of multi-national
conglomerates, the growth of mammoth industrial complexes and the spirit of
Vandana Jain was born in 1975 in Queens and studied at New York University and
the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has exhibited widely at such venues as
Momenta, NY; The Queens Museum, Flushing, NY; The Soap Factory, Minneapolis,
MN; Grey Noise Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan; and With Space, Beijing, China. Her
awards include the Emerging Artist’s Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park in 2007,
the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Residency in 2008-9, and most
recently, the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2010. She lives and
works in Brooklyn, NY.