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    Jenny Yurshansky’s practice uses a conceptual and research-based approach to define the material and critical parameters of each project; she explores the empiric and its tension with the poetic. Using these guidelines she digs deeply into the holes that exist in the systems we have created to categorize the world such as time, memory, history and language. These boxes are unpacked and run through the parallel filters of scientific inquiry and personal experience, often by making use of absence so that room is made, to determine that which is known, by first establishing what is not known. At the core she investigates paradoxical mechanisms, functions, and assertions, often by creating a dialectical construct that is expressed in the relationship between materials and subject. Yurshansky takes care to widen the gaps of visual description so that the viewer has room to project their own meaning onto each piece, in order to ensure that the works do not enforce their own tautology. The work provides a wider space for meaning to be dismantled and re‐imagined continually. The use of subtlety in the work’s presentation, forces a slower experience of viewing, thereby creating time for dialogue with the larger issues that each piece deals with.


    Jenny Yurshansky is an American artist who was born in Rome. She received her MFA in Visual Art from UC Irvine and was a participant in the post‐graduate Critical Studies course at the Malmö Art Academy. In 2016 she was an Artist-in-Residence at Arts Initiative Tokyo and she was invited by Yiddishkayt to travel as a guest artist to Moldova where she began research on her family’s history there. In 2017 her artist edition book, “Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory (Recollections)” is being published by Pitzer College Art Galleries, it is the final component of the project she realized there in 2015 as part of the Emerging Artist series curated by Ciara Ennis. This exhibition followed her artist residency at Pitzer College Art Galleries the year prior. In 2015 she was also a Guest Artist Researcher at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, which she concluded with a solo show. In 2012 she was an invited Artist-in-Residence connected to the exhibition Odor Water Limo in northern Norway. In 2010 Yurshansky was the first international artist awarded the Maria Bonnier Stipend from Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm. Yurshansky has also participated in group shows at Bonniers Konsthall, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach Art Museum, MAK Center, and LAXART, the Torrance Art Museum, the Armory Center for the Arts, the 7th Istanbul Biennial, the Hammer Museum, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art in Malmö, and the Toyota Museum. She is the recipient of numerous artist and curatorial grants. She is the co-founder of Persbo Studio an artist residency, sculpture park, and creative space in Sweden.

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