Jenniferbennett.art@gmail.com

Jennifer Anne Bennett grew up in Lemon Grove, California. She holds a BA from San Diego State University and an MFA from Bowling Green State University. Jennifer is a practicing painter and printmaker whose current body of work examines motor-racing circuits and the landscapes they occupy. She enjoys learning about, and from her students at Grossmont College where she is a Professor of Art.  

Statement

Initially, I was intrigued while watching the “Indianapolis 500” on a television with poor reception and became mesmerized by patterns of pixilation layering them over the speedway and its surrounding terrain. I found the unnatural colors and glitch patterns blending into a vaguely discernible horizon captivating. Lured by the spectacle of energy and space, I began attending races in person, watching the sun set against mountain backdrops, exotic machines whirling below in a blur of noise and color.

I began to construct works that integrated landscape imagery from observation, film, and television. By exploring beauty in “the natural,” along with patterns of human intrusion upon it, this work is a meditation on historical and contemporary land use, as seen through a veil of abstraction.

Whether watching a competition onscreen or in person, I recall the racetrack as a manufactured landscape. These environs are created to facilitate a spectacle and serve as an arena, which speaks to the history of sport as well as the presence of danger, even death. “Natural terrain” road courses, such as Le Mans, usher a pastoral countryside away from the sublime and toward a systematized structure, constructed to serve the specific needs of motor racing. 

CV

b. 1974 Honolulu, HI.    Lives in San Diego, CA

Education

2001   MFA   Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
                     Studio Art Centers International Florence, Italy
1998    BA    San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Select Exhibition Record

2016   
Feminism Now, Gallery D, San Diego, CA
Art Auction and Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Wouldn’t it be nice… Selections from San Diego, H Gallery, Mesquite, TX
MAS Attack 11, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA   
2015   
Cuts and Links: Bhavna and Friends, The Rose Art Gallery, San Diego, CA
Monotypes: Jennifer Anne Bennett, Bay Park Press, San Diego, CA
2014       
Labor Migrant Gulf 2, Uri Eichen Gallery, Chicago, IL
Object Object!!, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA
Labor Migrant Gulf, Southwestern College Art Gallery, San Diego, CA
2013   
15 Minutes of Fame, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Gift, Feminist Imagery Group, San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery, CA
Altered Horizons, Art Produce, North Park, CA
Object Object!, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA
2009   
Trade Show, California – Turkey, San Diego, Los Angeles, Turkey
Seminal Projects, ‘When I grow up”, benefit art auction, San Diego. CA
2007   
OMA Regional 5: Oceanside Museum of Art Juried Exhibition, Oceanside, CA
Painting, Works by Jennifer Bennett and Robin Bright, Hyde Art Gallery, El Cajon, CA

Bibliography
2016       
Feminism Now, Gallery D, San Diego, CA (catalog)
Under Pressure: printmaking today, Hyde Art Gallery, curator, (catalog)
2015        
Ross, Andrew, Gulf Labor: High Culture, Hard Labor, OR Books 2015
56th Venice Biennale, The Arena Plan, Gulf Labor. “A New Wave of Arts Activism?” slide presentation on Gulf Labor West, August 5, 2015, Venice, Italy
2014       
Object Object!!: A Selection of Smaller Works, Helmuth Projects (catalog)
Chute, James. “Artists and Workers Unite”. UTSanDiego.com. March 12, 2014
Perez, Andrew, Southwestern Sun, “Gatekeeper’s Children,” Feb. - April 2014
Bittar, Doris, "Bi-Cultural Settlements: Gulf Labor and Global Solidarity,” Project Muse, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Vol 42, Nos 3-4, Fall/Winter 2014, pp 253-266
2013       
Object Object!: A Selection of Smaller Works, Helmuth Projects (catalog)
2010       
Takas Sergisi/ Trade Show, Kultur Merkezi Mithatpasa Sanat Galerisi (catalog)
2006     
Koppman, Debra. “Jennifer Bennett and Robin Bright.” Artweek. December 2006
2005     
Kromer, MaryAnn, “Paintings portray possibility, potential.” Advertiser-Tribune. 30 October 2005
2001       
McGilvery, Kelly. “The fragile beauty of art in war (as inspired by a garlic painting).” Dialogue. November/ December 2001, p. 80
Langston, Bonnie. “Waxing Artistic.” Daily Freeman. 13 September 2001, p. D1
“Event Briefs; Encaustic Works 2001.” Blue Stone Press. 7 September 2001
Lane, Dakota. “Ancient encaustics and modern movies; the art that remains.” Art Box, Almanac. 27 September 2001, p. 5
Encaustic Works 2001, Muroff-Kotler Arts Gallery (catalog)
1999   
Pincus, Robert L. “Full Steam Ahead: Street People; Taking Art to the Public was a Major Wake-Up Call for the City.” The San Diego Union-Tribune. 16 September 1999, Night & Day: p. 34
Pincus, Robert L. “Floating Images: emblems and relics are the backdrops for two exhibitions.” The San Diego Union-Tribune. 18 May 1999, Night & Day: p. 53