Jennifer Muskopf


  Bio
 

JENNIFER MUSKOPF

 
EDUCATION
1993 BFA, Kansas City Art Institute
 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 Between Here and There: Subtle Realms, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, Los Gatos, CA
2014 12 of Our 84 Possible Past Lives (Jenny Muskopf & Nellie King Solomon), Alter Space, San Francisco, CA
2010 Antipodal Neighbors, Krets Gallery, Malmo, Sweden
2009 You Had to Be There, Paxton Gate, San Francisco, CA
2008 Cats and Birds, Rose and Radish, San Francisco, CA
2007 Mamas and Babes, ReForm School, Los Angeles, CA
Even-toed Ungulates, Cog and Pearl, Brooklyn, NY
2006 Points of Contact: How We Relate in an Unknown World, Branch Gallery, Durham, NC
2005 Animal, Triton Gallery, Kobe, Japan
2004 12 Bajan Houses, Upton Lodge, Barbados, WI
1999 Recent Paintings, Taylor Gallery, Meriden, NH
1996 Recent Work, Red Mill Gallery, Johnson, VT
 
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013 5th Annual MFA Invitational, University Museum, UNH, Durham, NH
2011 Craft: The Raiders Of The Lost Arts, Pertwee Anderson & Gold, Soho, London, UK
2010 "The Dazzle" A Cabinet of Wonder Group Exhibition, Narwhal Art Projects, Toronto, Canada
2010 "Knock Knock", Needles + Pens, San Francisco, CA
2010 "Hide and Seek", Krets Gallery, Malmo, Sweden
2008 The Thread as the Line: Contemporary Sewn Art, Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, VA
2007 Borderland, 3rd Rail Gallery, New Rochelle, NY
Wurstminster Dog Show, Wurst Gallery, Portland, OR
2006 Aqua Art Miami, Aqua Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
Converter, Riviera Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Pleased to Meet You, Branch Gallery, Durham, NC
2005 Two For the See Saw, Branch Gallery, Carrboro, NC
Art Cologne, New Contemporaries, Köln, Germany
Pinewood Derby Invitational, Architectural Artifacts, Chicago, IL
2004 Coloring Book, Branch Gallery, Carrboro, NC
2003 Weird Feelings, Millicent Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999 Artist [book], University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Vienna Austrotel Contemporary Art Fair, Viennart Hotel, Vienna, Austria
 
TEACHING
1999-2005 Teaching Artist, Lincoln Center Institute, New York, NY
2001-2005 Teaching Artist, Curriculum Arts Project, Symphony Space, New York, NY
 
RESIDENCY
1993-1994 Staff Artist, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
 
PUBLICATIONS/SELECTED PRESS
2010 The Artful Bird, by Abby Glassenberg, Interweave Press
2010 Juxtapoz Handmade, Gingko Press
2009 Best of the City 2009: Design, 7 X 7 Magazine, June 2009
2008 selvedge, issue #23 May/June 2008, page 15
2008 Biomedical Ambiguity: Race, Asthma, and the Contested Meaning of Genetic Research in the Caribbean,
by Ian Whitmarsh, cover art, Cornell University Press (available here on Amazon)
2006 "Best Bets", Independent Weekly, June 14, 2006
2005 Billet Free Paper n. 21 (Animal), Japan
2004 Coloring Book, Branch Gallery, Carrboro, NC
 

Statement


In my life and in my art I wish to seek beauty where it doesn't seem to be, create wonder, expose the interior, and find what is needed. Lately I have been investigating these thoughts through the imagery of an underwater cave as a metaphor for a labyrinth. I saw a nature video of the caves of the Yucatan Peninsula that snake their way through the ground for 100 miles before feeding into the sea. These caves are explored by divers who unwind a thread attached to their belts as they travel through the passages to both measure the distance and to find their way back to the flooded entrance. These divers reminded me of Theseus as he entered the labyrinth of King Minos with Ariadne's thread and the courage to face the Minotaur.

I am thinking of the labyrinth as such:
  • has only one path, unicursal
  • the way out is the way in
  • a journey to the center of oneself
  • a structure containing an intricate network of winding passages hard to follow without losing one's way
  • a sacred space
By juxtaposing imagery from everyday life, religion, myth, history, pop culture, and personal items and placing them in these caverns filled with liquid I am creating a dream-like path of discovery that could lead home once we have confronted our fears and desires, virtues and vices. In addition to the paintings, I am also making fabric and foam sculptures of stalagmites and stalactites that are large enough to enter and be inside. They are spaces of remembrance where one can contemplate and rediscover the notions of love, joy, trust and a personal super power. The one included in these images stands eight feet tall and four feet across, has a bench for sitting and a light that can be held to illuminate the interior. The light changes color (from green to blue) slowly, revealing the words "I love you" which fade as the words "You love me" appear. This is the remembrance container for love. I intend for the paintings and sculptures to be seen together to create an atmosphere of inquiry and meditation.

Jennifer Muskopf is currently living and working in Oakland, CA. Since marrying her anthropologist husband in 2003 she has lived in Washington, DC, Barbados, WI, Brooklyn, NY, Carrboro, NC and Boston, MA. She makes paintings and soft sculptures and is a mother.