Jen P. Harris is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. She holds a BA in Studio Art from Yale University and an MFA in Painting from Queens College of the City University of New York (2008).
Harris is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Painting Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, grants from the Puffin Foundation, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and Iowa Arts Council, and residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Women’s Studio Workshop.
Solo exhibitions include Daniel Cooney Fine Art (New York, NY), John Davis Gallery (Hudson, NY), Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (Wilmington, DE), and CSPS Hall (Cedar Rapids, IA). Her work has appeared in over thirty group shows, including Causey Contemporary (New York, NY), Chashama (Queens, NY), St. Ann’s Church (Brooklyn, NY), Sardine (Brooklyn, NY), The Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), and Future Studio Gallery (Los Angeles, CA).
Harris has served as visiting artist at over a dozen institutions and recently served on the Board of Public Space One, an artist-run exhibition and performance space in Iowa City, IA.
We expect information to lead to understanding. But in the current technological age the proliferation of information, and the way it rapidly mixes with opinions, half-truths, and lies, also breeds confusion and fear. I am most drawn to Jen Harris’s work because I understand it to be elucidating this modern-day conundrum. It reminds me of what Chekov said to be the task of the artist, not to solve anything, but to offer “a correct presentation of the problem.” It is only through the most honest articulation of existence that the greater mystery has its own chance of being revealed.
— Jessica Lott, “The Power of the Puzzle,” exhibition catalog essay, 2015
photo: Annelies Senfter