Jenna Kuiper

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About the Artist:

Jenna Kuiper is a photographic artist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico who deftly applies her training as a painter to draw with light onto photographic paper in the darkroom.  Her still life photograms from the series Drawing in the Dark are artistically deceptive as they appear to be a straight forward photographic tableau of 3D geometric objects yet the objects are an illustrated fiction created in the darkness, unseen and unknown until the prints are developed.  

Biography:

My large-scale photograms bring the intentions of drawing to the materials of photography. Trained as a painter, I came across this process by accident while teaching middle-schoolers at a summer arts camp. The different grays achieved through timed light in the darkroom reminded me of the value scale in drawing. With this in mind, I set about creating prints with controlled light and cut-up shapes. I often refer to my process as drawing in the dark.

Résumé:

Education

The University of New Mexico, M.F.A. Painting and Drawing, 2009 Albuquerque, New Mexico With Distinction      

The University of Montana, B.F.A. Painting and Drawing, 2006 Missoula, Montana With Distinction

Black Hills State University, Studies in Art and Writing, Spearfish, South Dakota 1999-2003

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2015

"Magicians Table" 2-person exhibition at Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

"Femme Papel" Rayko Center for Photography, San Francisco, California

"Coordinates" Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2014

"Human Sized" 2-person exhibition, CSU Pueblo Gallery, Pueblo, Colorado

"Light in Hand" solo exhibition, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

"BUILD" Group Invitational, Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley, California

2012 "17 Stones" solo exhibition, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2009 "Wind and other Documents" solo exhibition, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

2006 "New Drawings" solo exhibition, Visual Arts Center, Missoula, Montana

Select Publications And Reviews

2014

Featured in Diffusion Magazine, December 2014 One Twelve Publishing

Ware, Kate. "The Mader of Light." Diffusion Magazine December Issue  

Interview with DON/DEAN, September Issue

Roth, David. "BUILD at Traywick Contemporary"

Square Cylinder, June

Phases Magazine Feature, May

2013

Armitage, Diane. "John Chevinsky and Jenna Kuiper at Richard Levy Gallery."

THE Magazine, Oct 2013.

2012

Featured in LablePer, November 2012:

McDonald, Liz. "Jenna Kuiper" in The Monarch Review Featured in The Blue Mesa Review, December 2012.

2012 Interview with PROOF, May edition 2012

Egan. Dave. "Thx 4 ur info." CSU Pueblo Today, November 14, 2012

Statement:

Drawing in the Dark

My large-scale photograms bring the intentions of drawing to the materials of photography. Trained as a painter, I came across this process by accident while teaching middle-schoolers at a summer arts camp. The different grays achieved through timed light in the darkroom reminded me of the value scale in drawing. With this in mind, I set about creating prints with controlled light and cut-up shapes. I often refer to my process as drawing in the dark.

Stones, daggers, ceremonial vessels, and geometric drawing forms come together in unusual and private altars spaces. Bringing these still-life forms to the darkroom subverts the nature of drawing: image-making is based on conjecture rather than sight and once developed the results cannot be changed. The unseen and unknown is given precedence.

I find ceremony in this process. The darkroom acts as a space between light and dark, form and dissolution, the seen and unseen, known and unknown. It is a special processing space. Alone on my knees for hours in the dark, I am moving shapes, orchestrating light, and working with unforeseen results. Using cut up shapes, complex burning and dodging techniques, and a fiber-based, matte, silver-gelatin paper, these unique prints are made with materials that harken back to the beginnings of photographic history. Through this process, I aim to challenge the ubiquitous nature of photography and to appreciate the medium beyond its depiction of the seen world.

Additional Information:

Website: http://www.jennakuiper.com

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Associated Exhibitions

2nd Anniversary Show in our New Gallery Space.
January 20 - February 17, 2018
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Evidence: Seen & Unseen
Our inaugural exhibition which explores the revelations, mysteries and connections of photography as evidence.
December 13, 2015 - April 9, 2016
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