Have you met…Jen Hitchings?

Jen Hitchings, Threesome, Oil on Canvas

Jen Hitchings,
Oil on Canvas

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

All Hail Tequila 2012 oil on panel 16x20 inches

All Hail Tequila 2012 oil on panel 16×20 inches

Estatic Parties 2011-2013 oil on panel  12x16 inches

Estatic Parties 2011-2013 oil on panel 12×16 inches

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.

Red Headed Slut 2013 oil on linen  42x60 inches

Red Headed Slut 2013 oil on linen 42×60 inches

“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

Cake (pre- orgy) 2014 oil on canvas 17x37 inches

Cake (pre- orgy) 2014 oil on canvas 17×37 inches

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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