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Jen P Harris
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights



ARTIST STATEMENT: My paintings and works on paper engage figuration, the media, and personal and cultural notions about self and identity to investigate attraction, cognition, and the paradox of the hard and the soft. Sleep (2010) features monochromatic figures, evoking notions of intuition and transformation. The series investigates a number of interwoven themes: androgyny as an emblem of psychological and biological changeability/uncertainty; the solitary figure as a traveler through both hard (outside) and soft (inner) space; weight/solidity and weightlessness/transparency and their associations with responsibility and freedom; and a fluidity of structure and confusion of figure/ground that evokes painterly tropes and functions as the basis of perceptual disorientation and reintegration.
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ARTIST RESUME:


EDUCATION

2008 MFA, Painting, Queens College (CUNY), Queens, NY
1999 BA, Studio Art, Yale University (cum laude), New Haven, CT
1998 Yale Norfolk Program, Norfolk, CT

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010 Conversations. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
2009 American Kiss. Mooney Center Exhibit Hall, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY
2008 Twilight Boys (MFA Thesis). Klapper Gallery, Queens College, Flushing, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011
Myself, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, NV

2010
Nose to Nose, The Reinstitute, Millerton, NY
When Girls Were Boys and Boys Were Girls (two-person show). Leslie/Lohman Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Cora Lambert
Fresh Paint. Rockland Center for the Arts (ROCA), West Nyack, NY. Curated by Lynn Stein

2009
Outside the Lines: New Directions in Drawing. A.D. Gallery, UNC Pembroke, Pembroke, NC
NURTUREart Benefit. Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, NY
Emerging Artist Auction. Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY
The Wassaic Project Summer Festival. Wassaic, NY. Curated by Nicholas Cohn
ShapeShifting. Division of Human Works, Brooklyn, NY
Think Gallery. Think, New York, NY. Curated by Cora Lambert

2008
Retail Space Available. Gallery 151, New York, NY
Vote Art. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE. Curated by Carina Evangelista

2007
MFA. City University of New York (at Queens College), Flushing, NY
Swimming Lessons (animated short), Screening, Think Film, New York, NY

2005
Sleepwalking (animated short), Screening, Think Film, New York, NY

2004
Sleepwalking, Screening, CUNY TV, NY

2002
Are You Interested? Smart Gals Productions, Los Angeles, CA. Commissioned by Christine Louise Berry
F*CK ROMANCE: New Romanticism in L.A. Coagula Projects, Los Angeles, CA. Curated by Chris Sicat

2001
Outside Views (3-person show). Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, CA
MAEF Exhibition. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Wagner Show. Los Angeles, CA
Getty Underground. The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA
ARIA. Artplace, Los Angeles, CA. Curated by Holly Myers

LECTURES/TALKS

2009
Lunchtime Artist Talk, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington
Gallery Talk, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2010
Nose to Nose, The Reinstitute, Millerton, NY

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2009
Drawing Center Viewing Program

2002
E.D. Foundation Grant

2001
Maryland Artists' Equity Foundation Exhibition Award
Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea (Florence, Italy), invited artist

1998
Bates Traveling Fellowship (Rome, Italy)
Ellen Battel Stoekel Fellowship (Yale-Norfolk Summer School of Art)

1997
Maryland Artists' Equity Foundation Exhibition Award

1996
Vermont Studio Center Residency

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2011
Drawing: Space, Form, and Expression, 4th Edition [reproduction], 2011.

2010
The Archive: The Journal of the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, When Girls Were Boys and Boys Were Girls, issue #34, pp. 13-15 [reproduction], by Grace Moon, 2010
Boog City, When Girls Were Boys and Boys Were Girls [reproduction], March 2010
The New York Times, Metropolitan, p. 13 [reproduction], for Fresh Paint, January 31, 2010
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Victoria Donohoe. “Credit card art, emotional oils,” for Conversations, January 22, 2010

2009
Conversations, exhibition brochure, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, by Carina Evangelista, December, 2009
contemporaryconfections.com, A Mixed Bag: The Artist Edition I, by Nicole Caruth, November 13, 2009

 








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