Jenn Wilson

This exhibition opens on Friday, March 4th, 7:00–9:00 PM
Exhibition runs through Sunday, March 20th, 2016.
Gallery Hours:
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 4 pm,
or by appointment.

Hinge, a collection of photographs, objects and assemblages, considers the rematerialization of the photograph, focusing on the tangible quality of the photo paper. Image is weighed against physical properties of the photograph. The artist’s personal archive of failed snapshots and darkroom discards is the starting point for questioning the perception and reception of the photograph’s material and spatial nature.

With this body of work, where physical manipulations of the paper image are the “process”, where photographs become objects and objects become photographs, Jenn Wilson continues her studio research and investigation into the themes of deconstruction and reconstruction. Single contained pictures are fragmented by repeated gestures of crumpling, cutting and tearing; photo surfaces are scored, scarred and inked obscuring and removing the original context, focal points, and indexical information. Glue, staples, tape, wax, plaster, and paint are used to rebuild the surfaces, to reformulate the dimensional connotations of the photograph. The resulting photo-sculptures are photographed and presented as images, distinct yet curiously contingent on their original source.

Artist Bio:
Jenn Wilson, a visual artist with a multidisciplinary studio practice, reflects on the themes of deconstruction and reconfiguration. As a process-based artist working with photography, sculpture and collage, she considers the ‘intelligence of the hand’ to be integral to the work, with an emphasis on the idea, ‘how making is thinking’. The aesthetics of repeated gesture, multiplicity, and randomness are characteristic of the forms and images she creates. The works, made with a variety of materials and surfaces, are often incomplete, fragmentary, ephemeral and opaque.

Jenn Wilson received a Diploma of Visual Arts (2013) from Vancouver Island School of Art, Victoria, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2014) from the University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK. Her undergraduate dissertation, The Necessity of Failure (2014), examined the concept of failure in relation to art making through the words and works of Adorno, Rauschenberg, and Tuttle. She completed the Independent Studio Program at the Vancouver Island School of Art (2015). Her works have been featured in group exhibitions:

  • Assume Nothing: Investigations into Social Practice, AGGV, Victoria (2009),
  • Mud: The Exhibiton, The Wilson, Cheltenham, UK (2014), and
  • Thoughts and Shadows, Garden Gallery Montpellier, Cheltenham, UK (2014).

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