September 17, 2016 - March 16, 2017
Philadelphia artist Janell Olah is known for creating artwork that captures circulated air to inflate and activate her sculptural installations. Olah’s inflatable components are fabricated using vinyl that she meticulously constructs to ensure that they are airtight. When inflated, the air-filled forms – often stacked cloud shapes that hover above a base – allude to a magical landscape.
For this installation, Olah has fabricated 5 inflatable sections each with its own cloud system. Collectively the 5 sections with their colors and shapes aligned side-by-side form a cohesive arch such as a curved mountaintop or horizon. And because of her choice of material and scale, each fully enclosed inflated unit is reminiscent of a singular tented structure. The whimsical forms encourage our child-like imaginations to crawl inside one of them and temporarily escape to a private, meditative place of shelter.
Olah’s fabricated landscape is playfully welcoming and speaks to a universal desire to seek calming spaces of respite along life’s varied journeys.
Janell Olah earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Millersville University (2001) and a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Delaware (2006). She has exhibited her work extensively throughout the region including Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA; Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington; Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia; Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA; and The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.