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JENNY DAY  |||  Studio Visit

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Misplaced animals stand as totemic witnesses to a world eroded by an accumulation of insults both large and small...Damaged landscapes, pulled apart, puzzled over, persevering with a litany of scars.  

Biography

Biography

[Santa Fe, NM ::: b. 1981]


JENNY DAY is a painter who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She earned an MFA in Painting from the University of Arizona, a BFA in Painting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. Her exhibition record most recently includes Arte Laguna in Venice, Italy, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in Korea, Museum of Art Fort Collins, Mesa Arts Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Blue Star Contemporary Museum in San Antonio, TX,  and Elmhurst Museum in Chicago, IL. Day's work has been supported by an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant in 2018, a Contemporary Forum Artist Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum in 2017, a Barron Purchase Award in 2016 and through participation at Greenwich House Pottery, the Ucross Foundation, the Jentel Foundation, and the Playa Foundation For The Arts, among others.

STATEMENT

STATEMENT

I walked in the Mohave desert.  Listened to the bees as they hummed and sucked from yellow creosote flowers.  I watched the desert blur by as I drove eighty-miles per hour on I-40.  I couldn’t hear the bees.  The Mohave backdropped a science-fiction film I watched from my couch, the familiar recast as alien.  I dreamt the desert, distorted, California pushed up against Florida, the swamp pouring in.  I pulled up photos on my phone.  Digital, long strings of binary, framed and backlit on the little screen, compiled with other places.

 

Which Mohave am I remembering?

 

The paintings acknowledge a distancing.  The built environment as landscape, the landscape as construct, the whole of the construct shattered by a fragmentation.  A scattering of attention.  The ruins of human intentions sunlit and wholly glorious in their decay.  Abandoned or half-abandoned and remembered and recorded and replicated and distorted each step of the way.

 

The body of work skips like the dream.  Fairbanks, Alaska blurs into California Superfund sites.  Historical buildings I’ve walked through mate with Instagram photos.  Hybridized places emerge, white space mimics the frames of our tiny machines.  Pencil marks left in, masking tape, signal the painting as object, mediated, layers away from representation.

 

The paintings are created in longing, possibly mourning.  Imagining an innocence of vision that might never have existed, rejecting it, recognizing the impossibility of an unaltered connection to place.  The places are there still.  

 

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

2014        Master of Fine Arts, Painting, University of Arizona

2010        Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting and Printmaking, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

2003        Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021        Solo Exhibition, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

                Dazzle and Degrade, Alabama Contemporary Art Center Museum, Mobile, AL

2020        Letting Go Of Utopia, Mesa Arts Center Museum, Phoenix, AZ

2018        Our Shared Disaster, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

                Lone Star, True But Whatever, Rosefsky Gallery, Binghampton University, Binghampton, NY

2015        Nearly Somewhere, Process Museum, Tucson, AZ

                Nearly Somewhere, Somers Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2013        Selected Works, OLLI Public Space, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

                Teleology / Echopraxia, Works on paper, Lionel Rombach Gallery,

                These Trace Remains, Porter Hall Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2010        Copulated Nightmares, Androgynous Daydreams, UAF Gallery, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022        Ceramics Now, Greenwich House Pottery, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY

2021        35 x 35 Project, Copelouzos Family Art Museum, Athens, Greece

2020        Inspiration in Isolation, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

                Rocky Mountain Biennial, Museum of Art Fort Collins, Fort Collins, CO

                Arte Laguna Final Exhibition, Venice Arsenale, Venice, Italy

                Jenny Day, Lui Ferreyra, and Ryan Magyar, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

2019        CLIMATE, Michigan State University, Metrospace, East Lansing, MI

                Bemis Art Auction, Bemis Center, Omaha, NE

                Small Works Considered, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

                Take Nothing For Granted, Pima Community College, Tucson , AZ

                On Our Watch, Three-Person Exhibition, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

                Instructor Exhibition, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN

2018        Contemporary Forum Artist Award Exhibition, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ (Curated by Gilbert

                Vicario, Selig Family Chief Curator, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ)

                Arte Laguna Final Exhibition, Venice Arsenale, Venice, Italy

                From Underfoot: Breaking Through Surface and Ground, Blue Star Contemporary, San  Antonio, TX

                (Curated by Jacqueline McGilvray, Exhibitions Manager, Blue Star Contemporary)

                Gallery Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

                Julia Jump, New Orleans Preservation Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

                Odyssey II, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California

                Sweet Arts Auction, Center for Contemporary Art, New Orleans, Louisiana

                Going Once, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

2017        21st No Dead Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

                Contemporary Landscapes, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea

                Sense of Place, Elmhurst Museum, Elmhurst, IL

                Manual Digital, Space 151, San Francisco, CA (curated by Beth Waldman, WaldmanArts, Mill Valley, CA)

                Flora and Fauna, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA (curated by Suzanne Gray, Seager Gray Gallery, CA)

                Big Names, Small Art, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

                32nd Tallahassee International, Florida State University Museum of Fine Art, Tallahassee, FL

                Small Things Considered, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

                Opposing Futures, FAT Village Projects, Fort Lauderdale, FL (curated by Leah Brown and Peter Symons,

                Directors of FAT Village Projects, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Elle Schorr, independent curator)

                New Transitions, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL (curated by Tristyn Bustamante)

                Faculty / Student Exhibition, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL (curated by Liza Niles, Exhibition

                Coordinator, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL)

2016        20th No Dead Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

                New and Now, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL

                11th National Exhibition, Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA (Juror: Gregory Volk, Freelance Curator, Art Critic

                for Art in America, New York, NY [catalog]) 

                Big Names, Small Works, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

                Art Auction, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA (catalogue)

                Art Of Our Century, Woodbury Art Museum, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT (Juror: Kent Christensen) 

                West, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR (Juror: Leslie Kenneth Price, Humboldt State University Professor,

                Painting, Arcata, CA)

                Small Things Considered, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2015        Solo Exhibition, Nearly Somewhere, Process Museum, Tucson, AZ

                Solo Exhibition, Nearly Somewhere, Somers Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

                The Land Mark Show, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM