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Current Exhibition

Jennifer Schmidt

Palmed the Thumb

November 12 - December 24 , 2016
Opening Reception Saturday, November 12 from 6-8pm

Proof Gallery is pleased to present Palmed the Thumb, new work by artist Jennifer Schmidt. The title of the exhibition is an excerpt from a poem written by the artist, in response to a poem by concrete poet Augusto de Campos and Decio Pignatari. The poem is featured as a series of screenprinted posters, which serve as a referent for thinking about the other objects in the exhibition.

The works in the exhibition play with the relationship of things to their own making, and the making of meaning based on the relationship of things to other things in a similar category or grouping. Each thing straddles the physicality of its existence, and the visual and written attributes that give reference for its belonging. In this way, mathematical and visual word problems of what this is to this, and that is to that, set the tone for how each work can be experienced. Characteristics of measurement, materials, and processes become language games for further understanding and explaining. Each print and object in the exhibition is a multiple that is made from a known thing or process.

Jennifer Schmidt is a multi-media artist living in Brooklyn, NY, who works with print media, graphic design, and sound to create site-specific installations, video, and performances that question the role of visual iconography and repetitive actions within a given environment.

She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Delaware; and is Chair of the Print and Graphic Arts Department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston, MA.

Recent exhibitions and screenings include: Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, EFA Project Space, New York, NY, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY, Diapason Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, International Print Center New York, NY, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, SPACES, Cleveland, OH, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA; and Sonic Fragments, Princeton University, NJ. Recent and upcoming artist residencies include: Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA; Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Iceland; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Residency on Governor's Island, NY; Nida Art Colony, Lithuania; Gowanus Studio Printmaking Residency, NY; The Banff Centre, Canada; Elsewhere Artist Collaborative, NC; Frans Masereel Centre, Belgium; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VA; Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, DE; Vermont Studio Center, VT; and The Experimental Television Center, NY. Jennifer Schmidt is a fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists' Books from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and is a grant recipient from the Puffin Foundation.

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