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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, an exhibition of new work by artist Jennifer Schmidt. The works in Palmed the Thumb emerge from the logic of analogy: this::this as that::that. Analogies can fix meaning, reducing relationships between concepts or things to an essential.  They can also be maddeningly unclear, highlighting the inadequacy of conventional understanding or categories.  Schmidt locates her meticulously crafted multiples within this duality, posing questions with things over and over.  Process and categories take on particular importance as she works with and within given taxonomies. Each work questions its own method of creation and this self-awareness is meant as an analogue for our own self-conscious meaning making. 

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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