Exhibition runs March 8 – June 1, 2014
Within every phenomenon lies the potential for its inverse, and transformation is continuous: a closed fist contains an open hand; the future arrives to illuminate the past; a foreign land reveals the traveler’s unknown internal terrain. My painting practice is in essence a meditation on this interplay and its metaphorical potential. Layered imagery interlocks and overlaps, producing dynamic figure-ground relationships and a meshing of opposites: legibility and unreadability; stasis and movement; spaciousness and compression. The intertwining of the penetrable and the solid that characterizes the work underpins an ongoing spatial conversation about truth in paradox.
In my recent work, pours, symbols, primary organic forms, mundane objects and figurative elements are combined to reflect on ideas about the interpenetration of individual and world. A number of paintings avail the allegorical potential of Tarot iconography to explore conceptions of time, love, sex and mortality.
The work takes the form of water-based ink on paper, a medium I have been using with increasing dedication for over five years. I arrive at the imagery through a gradual and intuitive process that balances the rendering of specific forms with an active engagement with chance and spontaneity, as I pour the ink or allow it to bleed. The paintings are cacophonous at times, containing a kind of visual noise that speaks to the intricacies of language and complexities of human feeling.
Jen P. Harris was born in Blacksburg, VA and currently lives and works in Hudson, NY. She received a BA in Studio Art from Yale University and an MFA in Painting from Queens College of the City University of New York. Harris has exhibited her work nationally at venues including Daniel Cooney Fine Art (NYC), John Davis Gallery (Hudson, NY), Artplace (Los Angeles), Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore), and Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (Wilmington). She is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Painting Fellowship (2012), Ora Schneider Residency Grant (2012), Puffin Foundation Grant (2011), and Astraea Visual Arts Fund Grant (2011). She has attended Women’s Studio Workshop (Rosendale, NY), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), International School of Art (Umbria, Italy), and the Yale Summer Program of Music and Art (Norfolk, CT). Harris’ work was selected to be included in the Pierogi Flat Files (Brooklyn, NY) and The Drawing Center Viewing Program (NYC).
2014 Panorama, Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA), West Nyack, NY
2013 Post No Bills, Huntington Arts Council, and bus shelters in and around Huntington, Long Island, NY
2013 Other Hudson, MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams, MA
2012 Rich and Cultivated, Sardine, Brooklyn, NY, Curator: Sanders Watson
2012 Art and Social Activism, presented by Chashama, Long Island City, NY, Curator: Nicholas Cohn
2013 Zodiac, Women’s Studio Workshop Gallery, Rosendale, NY
2011 American Kiss, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY
2011 Light Weight, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY
2010 Conversations, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
Born in Blacksburg, VA 1977
Upcoming show in March