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Jessica Cannon
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant



ARTIST STATEMENT: My studio practice consists of various works on paper – drawing, painting, collage; and ephemeral projects that involve adhering layers of painted paper to existing walls in public spaces.

My recent paintings depict waves in different formations – rising, leaning, and sometimes merging into each other at various angles. They are done in acrylic on paper, and are sometimes mounted to panel. The paintings are part of a longer history of working with landscape imagery but mark a shift into a more figurative and cosmic territory.

This transition came about naturally, however with some reflection I can tie it to witnessing my father’s recent struggle with health issues, and taking in the aftermath of the 2016 election. Both experiences left me feeling anxious and small in relation to forces that had become increasingly visible. In winter 2017 I coincidentally began reading some introductory physics books and connected with their poetic descriptions of time and space. The feeling of smallness brought on by mortality and politics took on a different quality against the backdrop of the universe. This interior shift resonated with the imagery I was working with and expanded on a previous interest in collective symbols and Jungian archetypes.

Among the elements that appear and interact in my paintings are: bodily forms experienced as vessels of water, rainbows as containers for vast and limited human sight, the sun and moon as representations of time, and waves as expressions of energy.

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EDUCATION
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY: MFA in Fine Arts, 2006
Tufts University, Medford, MA: BA in Psychology and English, 2001


SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2012 Psychic Excavation, The Art Lot, Brooklyn, NY


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
Match Game, Ely Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT, curated by Sarah Fritchey
+1, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, organized by Melissa Staiger
If You Build It, The Willows, New York, NY, curated by Sharona Eliassaf and Emily Weiner
Small Works, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Heather Darcy Bhandari


2015
Vancouver Art/Book Fair, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Volume 2015, Artspace, Sydney, Australia, presented by Printed Matter
FLUID, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY, curated by Jesse Hamerman
BABZ, Bushwick Artbook Zine Fair, Signal, Brooklyn, NY, selected by NURTUREart
Sextant, NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Marco Antonini


2014
Photos of Paint selected for sale at Printed Matter, New York, NY
NURTUREart Benefit, The Boiler, Brooklyn, NY
TEN, Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Colette Robbins


2013
The Psychic Triangle, NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY *curatorial project
The Crystal Cracked, Honey Ramka, Brooklyn, NY
Archipelago, Westbeth, New York, NY


2012
End of Days, Mixed Greens, New York, NY
Summer Short List, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Enrico Gomez
Artists in Residence, Building 110, LMCC's Arts Center on Governors Island, NY


2011
Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar, Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY, curated by Matt Jensen
All Jokes Aside, The Art Lot, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Natalia Zubko
Paradise 3, Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn NY
Cover Version LP, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Timothy Hull


2010
Stand Here And Listen, The James Hotel, New York, NY, curated by Matt Jensen
Benevolent New World, AT Kearney, New York, NY, curated by Heidi Lee
Flat Files Featured Artist, The Company, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Anat Ebgi


RESIDENCIES AND AWARDS
2013 NURTUREart Open Call to Curators
2012 Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Fund Grant, LMCC Swing Space Residency on Governors Island
2010 Work acquired for Artists in Embassies program by US State Department
2006 Oscar Kolin MFA Scholarship, Parsons The New School for Design
2005 Oscar Kolin MFA Scholarship, Parsons The New School for Design


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESS
2016
-Work selected for Issue #122 of New American Paintings, The Northeast Issue, out Feb/March
2015
-Sutton, Benjamin "Your Concise Guide to the 2015 Bushwick Open Studios" Hyperallergic, June 1
-Work featured in Hausfrau Magazine Vol. 2, Issue 3, May-June
2013
-Galgiani, Allison "The Big Ten Art Events This Weekend", Bushwick Daily, October 10
-Galgiani, Allison and Sophia, Cheyenne, "The Glorious Return of Bushwick's Art World", Bushwick Daily, September 10
2012
-Savitch-Lew, "Art Lot on Sackett Street", The Red Hook Star Ledger, June
-Work featured issue #119 of Flaunt Magazine, Winter
2011
-Mini-interview, Little Paper Planes, August 11
-Work featured in Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 14, Open Studios Press, Spring
-Tsui, Bonnie, "Art In Residence: The James New York", phaidon.com, March 3, work featured in slideshow, #11
2010
-Cardwell, Diane, "The Hotel As Art Gallery", The New York Times, August 29
-Glassberg, Lauren, "Art Venue Emerges At New James Hotel in Manhattan", ABC-7 Eyewitness News New York, Original Airdate: September 2

LECTURES, PANELS, AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Parsons School of Design, Assistant Professor, 2006-Present
SxSWedu, Pop-up Studio w/The Learning Portfolio Project, 2016
Childrens Museum of Art, Guest Speaker, December 11, 2015
City College, Thesis Panelist, Spring 2015
Pratt Institute, Guest Speaker, March 29, 2010
Westchester Community College, Panel Participant, November 12, 2007


 








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