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Diana Jensen
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Dumbo

ARTIST STATEMENT: Art Statement In my paintings of oil on wood and canvas I rediscover and resurrect the people I find in discarded photo albums acquired at flea markets. Seeking the truth of the past, not simply historical record, I look for hidden expressions of intimacy and human interactions between the figures in the photographs. For a recent project I spent 2 years making paintings and an installation referencing photos I found of Pizzeria workers. I found dozens of snap shots of the workers (on the job and after hours) taped to the back wall of a pizzeria. The painting installation, "Galactic 99,” is composed of 99 individual portraits of the pizzeria workers on oil on wood and plexiglass installed on a wall. My goal was to paint each worker depicted in the snap-shots that I had found—acknowledging each as an individual. The “Blue Screen’” series of paintings (19 paintings) that accompanies the “Galactic 99” installation, focuses on the same snapshots of pizzeria workers. The title of the series references the blue screens of film making, where figures are shot and extracted from an environments pictorially. In both the installation and the painting series I investigate the role of the individual with in a group—studying how, in life, people come together randomly, interact and become close knit community.

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works in Brooklyn
b. US Military Base, Frankfurt, Germany
raised, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Diana Jensen makes paintings that reference found photographs from the 1970s
till today.

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. MFA
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

........................................................Selected Exhibitions:
--2014--"Breaking Though Tradition, curated by Maureen Harrison and
Alexsandra Simakowicz, Pierro Gallery, NJ.
--2013--Curate NY, 139 Bay ST Gallery, Staten Island, NY
--2012--"Group Show," CollectiCo Gallery, LES, NY
"Picture Takers," curated by Mary Birimingham, Visual Arts Center of NJ.
- "Seis y Seis" , Contemporary perspectives of women artists from
US and Cuba, Centro Provincial de Artes Plasticas y Disenos, Santiago, Cuba.
"It's a Small World," Family Values Gallery, NYC
--2011----"Between the Sheets," Workspace Harlem, NYC.
"Chain Letter," Samson Projects, Boston.
--2010----"Entre Dos Mundos", Belkys Ayon Gallery, Havana, Cuba.
"Sanctuary for the Beloved," Essex County College Gallery, Newark, NJ.
--2009---"We Skipped the Virus," Temporare Kunsthalle Friedrichshain, Berlin
"Group Shot Italy, 1972," Tomasulo Gallery, Union County College, NJ.
--2008---"Alwan Art Auction," Galerie Mark Hachem, NYC
" Friends," Cheryl Pelavin Gallery, NYC
"Multiple Me," Space 972, Newark, NJ
--2007---"ArtNow Fair," Safe-T-Gallery, Miami Beach
"Anatomical Attitudes," curated by Robin Reisenfeld, Heskin Gallery, NYC.
--2006--"Connections," Korjaamo Galleria, Helsinki, Findland;
"Cell2cell2cell," The Rider Project, NYC;
"Draw_Drawing_2," The Foundry, London.
--2005---"Bright and Shining," SafeTGallery, Brooklyn;
"Babes" Holland Tunnel Gallery, Brooklyn,
"Girl Talk" The Garage Jersey City, NJ
--2004---"Art Star Sausage Factory" Debs and Co. NYC
--2003 ---"Post Cards from the Edge," Gallery Lelong, New York, NY.
"Home Works", Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago.
--2002---"Reactions," Exit Art, NYC.
"Watching You Watching Me", Marymount Manhattan College.
--2000 ---"Lounge Scene," Tomasulo Gallery, Union County College, Cranford, NJ.
"Count Down," Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco.
--1999---"Outer Boroughs," White Columns, NYC.
"The Passion", Richard Anderson Gallery, NYC.
"Smoke", College of Visual Arts Gallery, St. Paul, MN.
--1998---"Face It" Newark Museum, NJ.
"Investigating the Snapshot," Islip Art Museum, NY.
"Skowhegan Alumni Exhibition," David Beitzel Gallery, NYC.

Takt Kunstprojectraum, Berlin 2009
Visiting Artist, American Academy in Rome 2005,
Residency, The Julia and David White Foundation, Costa Rica 2005,
MacDowell Colony Fellow, 1999.
1998 Artist in Residence, The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn.
Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1992.

“The Oil Stain is Not Part of the Exhibition,” Ben Genocchio, The New York Times, March 6, 2005.
"Lounge Wizard," Art Notes, Dan Bischoff, Newark Star Ledger, Jan. 26, 2000.
"New Faces of Portraiture," Dan Bischoff, Sunday Newark Star Ledger, May 24, 1998.

647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217


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