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Jennifer Woolcock Schwartz
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT:

Since the nineties, my work has fallen into three categories: abstract paintings on linen, mixed media work on paper, and multi-media installations. The installations enable me to combine painting with the internet, virtual worlds, and video - a medium in which I can employ skills learned while studying film and theater.

In my paintings, I try to create a sense of playfullness and movement with simple forms and juxtaposition of color. My process is to do several small pencil sketches, working quickly.  This allows images to appear spontaneously.  I then rework the sketches, trying out various color combinations. One sketch is chosen and meticulously reproduced as a large oil painting.

My work on paper is chiefly on watercolor and printmaking paper. I like the feel of these papers and the drawings are in a variety of media: pastel, crayon, oil stick, and ink. I have also worked with an ink pad and stamps, as well as creating drawings on the computer. The drawings are of the moment – no forethought, no planning. It is whatever comes to mind.

I find popular culture an easy target for satire. Two of my installations were commentaries on how mass media affect the way women view themselves, how they strive to fit into what is considered fashionable and beautiful in our culture.

I also like a challenge. After reading a New York Times article in early 2001 about how Boston University’s Scientific Computing and Visualizing lab created an immersive three-dimensional world and were asking for artists to participate, I decided to go to Boston and meet the people involved. The outcome was that I spent two years drawing storyboards and learning a 3D animation program. In 2004 I created an immersive animated world in collaboration with Boston University. This installation was shown at the Boston Cyberarts Festival in 2005.

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ARTIST RESUME:



ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2005
On The Street Where I Live, Scientific Computing & Visualization Lab, Boston University, Boston Cyberarts Festival, Boston, MA

Selected Paintings, Sherman Gallery, Boston, MA

1999
Absolutely-Fashionable!, Soho20 Gallery, New York, NY

1973
Nudes, Trinity Church, New York, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2002
AnXious, curated by Helen Varola, d.u.m.b.o. Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

2000
Featured Artist, www.PaintingsDirect.com, July 2000

1999
Five and Ten, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1998
Read Between the Lines, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Transmission, Gallery De Zaaijer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Looking Ahead.....Glancing Back, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1997
Group Show, Soho20 Gallery, New York, NY
Obsessions, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Diversions, Soho20 Gallery, New York, NY

1996
Recycled Material, Repeated Form, International Building Windows, Rockefeller Center, NY
Group Show, Charas Gallery, New York, NY
Pier Show IV, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY

1994
Abstract 94, West Side Arts Coalition, New York, NY

FILM & THEATER

1986 - 1989
Directed the following plays while studying at T. Schreiber Studio: The Laundromat by Marsha Norman, Blind Date by Horton Foote and Mojo by Alice Childress; at The Ensemble Studio Theatre Institute: Little Miss Fresno by Ara Watson and Mary Gallager.

1980 - 1981
Louie, A Film Portrait - Premiere, WNET/13, New York, 1980; National broadcast PBS stations, 1981. Co-producer / co-director.

REVIEWS / ARTICLES

2000
Xu, Dr. Gan, Art Observation, China Academy of Arts, (Nov. 2000), illus.

Forbes, Alison, "Interview with Jennifer Woolcock Schwartz" PaintingsDirect.com, (July 5), illus.

1999
Kampel, Traci, "Arts Beat" The Villager, (January 28)

1997
Holt, Dennis, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Weekend Edition, (April 11), p.1, illus.

1981
Grad Goodman, Hannah, "Moview," Hadassah Magazine, (June-July 1981)

1980
Pribramska, Milena, "Screenings," Previews, (October)
Television, The New York Times, (January 14), illus.
"Of Special Interest," Television This Week, The New York Times, (January 13)

PUBLIC & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Washington, D.C.
Library for the Performing Arts, New York Public Library, New York, NY

Private collections in New York, Toronto, Jamaica

GRANTS

1981
National Endowment for the Arts

EDUCATION

1986 - 1989
T. Schreiber Studio and The Ensemble Studio Theatre Institute, New York - Directing for Theatre

1978
New York University School of Continuing Education, New York - Certificate in Flim and Video

1968 & 1969
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

1965 - 1967
Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Canada

 








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