Jennifer Bolande - Untitled

Jennifer Bolande

Jennifer Bolande (b. 1957 Cleveland; lives and works in Joshua Tree and Los Angeles) earned her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. With solo exhibitions at Kunstraum in Munich, Kunsthalle Palazzo in Basel, Fotohof Gallery in Salzberg, P.S.1, Metro Pictures, Nature Morte Gallery and the Kitchen, NYC, her work was recently included in Mixed Use Manhattan, Photography and Related Practices, 1970s to the Present, at the Rein Sofia, in Madrid. Her public art project with West of Rome, Plywood Curtains, was a site-specific installation that activated empty storefronts in Los Angeles, and was on view in 2010-11. Her work is in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She is currently professor of New Genres at UCLA.

Jennifer Bolande emerged as an artist in the late seventies working first in dance, choreography and drawing. Then, in the early eighties, advancing the ideas and strategies of the Pictures Generation, she began working with found images, rephotography, appropriation, film and installation, taking her place among those artists who have helped to redefine photography. She has taken an intuitive approach to creating conceptual works of art in the construction of a coherent visual language.

One of the first artists to consistently explore the materiality of the photograph, Bolande employs photographs as objects and subtly re-materializes photographic concepts through her work. Milk Crown (1987), for example, makes solid Harold Edgerton’s well-known image of a milk droplet frozen in photographic time by recreating it as a three-dimensional ceramic sculpture.