My Account My Lightboxes Create Account Submissions Guidelines Help
[ ARTIST ARCHIVE ]
  ARTIST PORTFOLIO  
 
Jennifer Levonian
updated: 10/10/2008
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
dimensions
Click thumbnails for full view:
 
Still from Smells Like English Boxwood
Still from Smells Like English Boxwood
Still from Smells Like English Boxwood
Still from The Figure in the Carpet
Still from The Figure in the Carpet
Still from Smells Like English Boxwood
Still from Holy Donuts!
Still from You, Starbucks
Still from You, Starbucks
Still from You, Starbucks
 
Portfolio Keywords:  narrative
 
 
Still from Smells Like English Boxwood by Jennifer Levonian
Still from Smells Like English Boxwood
Stop-motion animation
2007
Dimensions variable
Still from Smells Like English Boxwood by Jennifer Levonian
Still from Smells Like English Boxwood
Stop-motion animation
2007
Dimensions variable
Still from Smells Like English Boxwood by Jennifer Levonian
Still from Smells Like English Boxwood
Stop-motion animation
2007
Dimensions variable
Still from The Figure in the Carpet by Jennifer Levonian
Still from The Figure in the Carpet
Stop-motion animation
2006
Dimensions variable
Still from The Figure in the Carpet by Jennifer Levonian
Still from The Figure in the Carpet
Stop-motion animation
2006
Dimensions variable
Still from Smells Like English Boxwood by Jennifer Levonian
Still from Smells Like English Boxwood
Stop-motion animation
2007
Dimensions variable
Still from Holy Donuts! by Jennifer Levonian
Still from Holy Donuts!
Stop-motion animation
2008
Dimensions variable
Still from You, Starbucks by Jennifer Levonian
Still from You, Starbucks
Stop-motion animation
2006
Dimensions variable
Still from You, Starbucks by Jennifer Levonian
Still from You, Starbucks
Stop-motion animation
2006
Dimensions variable
Still from You, Starbucks by Jennifer Levonian
Still from You, Starbucks
Stop-motion animation
2006
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

My cut-paper animations explore the ambivalence of everyday life: its dangers and its allure. Each narrative occurs in a mundane location like a bank, a Starbucks, or a souvenir shop. In these places, our actions are usually so formulaic and routine that they feel staged. The work's goal is to unravel these formulas by forcing what so often goes unnoticed into focus, transforming the everyday into something bizarre and uncanny.                

In my animation You, Starbucks, a couple accepts the predictability of their surroundings. This acceptance creates a mood saturated by loneliness. The Figure in the Carpet transforms the formula of the bank visit: a group of costumed women joyfully stage a robbery, perform a retro dance number, and leave with a bagful of cash.                

Smells Like English Boxwood is set in the living history museum of Colonial Williamsburg in 1995. Colonial Williamsburg borders the College of William and Mary, my alma mater. Using satire and the clichés so dear to 'our' coming-of-age, this animation examines the human desire to take history at face value, as presented by any source, even when it verges on the absurd. My most recent animation, Holy Donuts!, considers Methodists' love of pastries, and my childhood belief that prayer and baked goods were inextricably linked.                

By working with cut paper, I hope to connect the primitive, naïve force of the medium--the child-like innocence of cutting and pasting--to the kinetic energy of the moving image.  Freely moving between a technique that I practiced as a child and the sophistication inherent to medium of film, my work tries to capture the uneasy tension of living in a world always beyond our grasp and yet at the same time dishearteningly familiar.     

Artist Bio / CV

Education 

2007        Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

2006        Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Master of Fine Art: Painting                

1999        The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, Bachelor of Art: Art                 

Solo Exhibitions               

 2007        Smells Like English Boxwood, Emerging Artist Solo Showcase, Barbara Walters Gallery, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

2007        Winter Solo Show Series, Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA

2003        Fleisher Challenge, Samuel A. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA  

Group Exhibitions                

2008        Coming of Age: Centennial Video Special, Crawl Space Gallery, Seattle, WA                

2008        Holy Donuts!, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007        Street Button, Winter Invitational, Fleisher-Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2007        Night Bloom, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006        Wild Girls, Exit Art, New York, NY

Screenings                

2008        Reality Testing, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA               

2008        Cutting Fine, Cutting Deep, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN                

2006        Silver Wings, WPA/C Experimental Media Series, Corcoran Museum, Washington D.C.

2006       Cowboys, Clichés, Codes, and Conspiracies, WPA/C Experimental Media Series, Corcoran Museum, Washington D.C.    

Grants/Awards                

2008        Juror’s Award, Coming of Age: Centennial Video Special, Crawl Space Gallery, Seattle, WA, Juror: Marisa Sanchez, Curator, Seattle Art Museum

2003        Window of Opportunity Award, Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

1999        The President’s Purchase Award, The College of William and Mary   

Publications                

The Journal of Short Film, Volume 5, Editor: Karl Mechem, 2006 (DVD)

Works on Paper Biennial, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA, 2003 (catalogue)