People often come to learn about the surrounding world by separating out and analyzing one entity at a tie. Through this analytical process, we form distinct concepts such as interior and exterior, the gallery and the natural environment. How can we understand these ideas as related concepts? Can we consider these two spaces as intimately intertwined instead of acting in opposition to one another? By creating an installation that explores this connection through printmaking and collage, Jennifer Rich allows insight into the intersections of these two seemingly distinct concepts can be experienced as a unified concept.
Citing John Dewey's concepts of "art as experience," Rich's practice is deeply embedded in the idea that the aesthetic experience is a relationship between the maker, object and the viewer, which can evolve from their everyday experiences. The fluidity and lack of boundaries in Dewey's theory reflects Rich's everyday experiences and the ways in which they impact her work. Her practice is rooted in the experience of her immediate surroundings – a walk down the sidewalk, the weed fighting to grow out of the cracks, the white wall of a studio, or the empty foundation in a vacant lot. Her interests in the structures that divide interior and exterior spaces attempt to answer questions around how physical divisions impact our understanding of the world as an interconnected whole.
Join us for an opening reception of Simultaneous Growth on Friday, December 5th from 6pm-9pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Originally from North Carolina, Jennifer Rich has called the Midwest home for many years. Rich graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking & Drawing. She currently lives and works in Chicago, maintaing a studio practice in the Avondale neighborhood. She has exhibited across the Midwest and recently= completed an artist residency at the Wormfarm Institute in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.