An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist. I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to. The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Jen Hitchings
Jen Hitchings is a painter, independent curator, and community organizer in the arts. She received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from SUNY Purchase in 2011. She began curating exhibitions in Bushwick, Brooklyn in 2011 and founded WEEKNIGHTS gallery in her studio at The Active Space in July of 2012. WEEKNIGHTS transitioned into Associated in March of 2013, when Theresa Daddezio, Julian Jimarez-Howard (also of OUTLET Fine Art) and Hitchings joined forces as a curatorial team. She currently works for Pierogi gallery in Williamsburg and has volunteered for organizations such as Independent Curators International and Arts in Bushwick.
“I look to candid photographs of friends and family, lovers and loathers, suburban drunks and urban delinquents, in an attempt to visualize intangible relationships and fleeting emotions. Tainted and lubricated by alcohol, drugs, false hopes and desires, the characters I depict are ones we all know, hate, and love. Amongst the impermanence and elasticity that composes relationships between one person and the next, time, nostalgia, mortality, and the function of photography are also constant considerations in my work. Within photographs of situations, places, and people, exist spider-webs of relations. Some scenes are depicted accurately from a photographic source, and others are reconstructed from unrelated images, composing a new and imagined situation. The language evoked by hand gestures or posture is sometimes emphasized or contradicted by verbal language that appears in text form. The haphazardness and mistakes that are inherent in the act of painting when pouring or splattering, juxtaposed with the control of illustrative mark-making and figurative representation, push-and-pull each other much in the way that people tend to handle what it means to be human, whether by making conscious decisions, mistakes, or altering their perception of reality in order to deny or ignore the banality of it.” JH
Other material relating to Jen Hitchings.
Artist website: jenhitchings.com
Studio Critical: Jen Hitchings
Artsicle: Jen Hitchings
Arts In Bushwick: Jen Hitchings
Gorky’s Granddaughter: Jen Hitchings
Proto Gallery: Prompt Five Artists. Saturday, July 12, 2014 to Sunday, July 27, 2014
Jen Hitchings, Jessica Bottalico, Legada, JJ Miyaoka-Pakola, Shawn Powell
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