By utilizing abstracted imagery that remains open and slightly ambiguous, I seek to bypass or delay immediate categorization through language structures. Through the centralization of negation and reinterpretation, repainting and redrawing, and a sense of internalized place, I seek to sustain an associative dialogue within the work that enables me to find a space that embodies layers of internal/external, invented/ real, and microcosm/macrocosm. Interest to me as of recent is the investigation of an ambiguous, constructed, and animated space that becomes larger than one self and difficult to place within the every day. The interest to me is the confrontation of something so outside of one’s normal experience; the enormity, fluidity, chaos, and stillness, of a moment like this… what happens in the center of this experience, as well as the periphery. I have been working with a symbol system that I feel is universal, but also highly personal. Ambiguity is important within the work, as I find this symbol system to be fluid and I feel that the work takes on different references for different people. I seek to inject subtexts through formal elements such as pressure, asymmetric balance and lack of “finish”.
Artist Bio / CV
Jenny HagerUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Design, MFANew York Studio School, Born 1971, Detroit, Michigan/based in Los Angeles, California. Selected Exhibitions:Pending: Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. 2008. “All well that begins well and has no end”, 80 WSE Gallery, New York, NY,2008. Pharmaka, “Small Wonders 2”, Los Angeles, CA, 2007. Tarfest, Los Angeles, CA., 2007. “Art, August, and AC”, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2007. LA Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles, CA, 2007. “Furious! The Angry Show”, Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 2007. Primo Piano LivinGallery, “Effimero Meraviglioso”, Lecce, Italy, 2007. Pharmaka, “Small Wonders”, Los Angeles, CA, 2006. Perlow-Stevens Gallery, Columbia, MO, 2006. Cue Foundation, Joan Mitchell Grant Recipient Exhibition, New York, NY, 2005. Kraft Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2005. Santa Monica Originals, Arena 1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2005. Netaid, Edgemar Center for Art, Los Angeles, CA 2004. Susan Barett Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 2002 – 4. New Abstraction, Period Gallery, Omaha, NE 2003. Arthur Ross Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2002. Young Talent Exhibition, Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT 2000. Sex and Death, Ford Gallery, Galesburg, IL 1999. Cohen, Pederson, and Fox Gallery, New York City, NY 1999. Esther Klein Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 1999. Folio Print Exhibition, Burrison Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 1998. Tyler Print Exhibition, Tyler University, Philadelphia, PA 1998. Awards Exhibition, New York Studio School, NYC, NY 1995. Awards and Honors: Joan Mitchell Career Grant, 2005. Research and Travel Grants, Knox College, 1999. Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, 1999. Teaching Award, College of General Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 1999. GSFA Chairperson’s Merit Grant, University of Pennsylvania, 1997-1999. Seligmon/von Simpson and Brown scholarships, New York Studio School, 1995, 1996. Chairperson’s scholarship award to Vermont Studio Center, Knox College, 1993. Al Young Scholarship Awards for excellence, Knox College, 1992,1993.