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JENNY DAY

new paintings and ceramic sculpture

Santa Fe-based contemporary artist

July 22 – August 28, 2021

JENNY DAY, Burden, 2021
JENNY DAY, Small Fires, 2021
JENNY DAY, Chaos and its devolution, 2021
JENNY DAY, Lemon Flames, 2021
JENNY DAY, Too Many Sunsets, 2021
JENNY DAY, Unconscious Transgressions, 2021
JENNY DAY, Between Pestilence, 2021
JENNY DAY, Nectar Drunk, 2021
JENNY DAY, Twins are on trend this year, 2021
JENNY DAY, Inherent greatness, 2021
JENNY DAY, Putrescine and cadaverine, 2021
JENNY DAY, A different kind of bird, 2021
JENNY DAY, An offering, 2021
JENNY DAY, This Landing Place, 2021
JENNY DAY, Edelweiss, 2021
JENNY DAY, Orangutan, 2021
JENNY DAY, Chihuahua, 2021
JENNY DAY, Giraffe, 2021
JENNY DAY, Snakes, 2021
JENNY DAY, Tiger, 2021
JENNY DAY, Horse, 2021
JENNY DAY, Turtle, 2021
JENNY DAY, Dandelion Rat, 2021
JENNY DAY, Peppermint Stick Rat, 2021
JENNY DAY, Pink Lemonade Rat, 2021
JENNY DAY, Sickly Yellow Rat, 2021
JENNY DAY, Lunar Migration, 2020
JENNY DAY, The New Intertidal, 2020
JENNY DAY, Suspicious Times / Pre-Collapse, 2020
JENNY DAY, Untitled Blue 1, 2019
JENNY DAY, Untitled Green 1, 2019
Biography

Biography

[Santa Fe, NM ::: b. 1981]

 

JENNY DAY is a painter who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She earned an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Arizona, a BFA in Painting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. Her exhibition record most recently includes the Phoenix Art Museum, Blue Star Art Museum, in San Antonio, TX, Arte Laguna in Venice, Italy, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in Korea, and Elmhurst Museum in Chicago, IL. Day’s work has been supported by an Elizabeth Greenshields Grant in 2018, Contemporary Forum Artist Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum in 2017, a Barron Purchase Award in 2016 and through participation at the Ucross Foundation, the Jentel Foundation, Playa Foundation For The Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Art Center, and the Armory Art Center. Jenny Day represented at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery.

 

The artist says of her work...

 

I walked in the Mohave desert.  Listened to the bees as they hummed and sucked from yellow creosote flowers.  I watched the desert blur by as I drove eighty-miles per hour on I-40.  I couldn’t hear the bees.  The Mohave backdropped a science-fiction film I watched from my couch, the familiar recast as alien.  I dreamt the desert, distorted, California pushed up against Florida, the swamp pouring in.  I pulled up photos on my phone.  Digital, long strings of binary, framed and backlit on the little screen, compiled with other places.

 

Which Mohave am I remembering?

 

The paintings acknowledge a distancing.  The built environment as landscape, the landscape as construct, the whole of the construct shattered by a fragmentation.  A scattering of attention.  The ruins of human intentions sunlit and wholly glorious in their decay.  Abandoned or half-abandoned and remembered and recorded and replicated and distorted each step of the way.

 

The body of work skips like the dream.  Fairbanks, Alaska blurs into California Superfund sites.  Historical buildings I’ve walked through mate with Instagram photos.  Hybridized places emerge, white space mimics the frames of our tiny machines.  Pencil marks left in, masking tape, signal the painting as object, mediated, layers away from representation.

 

The paintings are created in longing, possibly mourning.  Imagining an innocence of vision that might never have existed, rejecting it, recognizing the impossibility of an unaltered connection to place.  The places are there still.

 

For more information, press or sales inquiries please contact the gallery director Matthew Weldon Showman at 504.343.6827 or matthew@jonathanferraragallery.com. Please join the conversation with JFG on Facebook (@JonathanFerraraGallery), Twitter (@JFerraraGallery), and Instagram (@JonathanFerraraGallery) via the hashtags:  #JennyDay, #JonathanFerraraGallery and #ArtsDistrictNewOrleans.