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Jenny Yurshansky
(Born in Rome, Italy. Lives and works in California, USA and Stockholm, Sweden)

Jenny Yurshansky

 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.

 Born in Rome via Moldova, Jenny Yurshansky received her MFA in Visual Art from UC Irvine and participated in the post‐graduate Critical Studies course at the Malmö Art Academy. This spring she was invited by Yiddishkayt as a guest artist in Moldova, where she began research on her family history. Yurshansky's forthcoming artist book will be published by Pitzer College Art Galleries in conjunction with her 2015 solo exhibition and residency, Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory. Her work will be seen this fall at the Los Angeles Arboretum as part of the show Digital Nature and this spring was seen at the Los Angeles gallery Visitor Welcome Center. A co-founder of the art space, Persbo Studio in Sweden, Yurshansky is the recipient of numerous grants and awards from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Asylum Arts, the Swedish Arts Grant Committee and the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, where she was a Guest Artist Researcher and had a solo exhibition in 2015. She was the first international artist awarded the Maria Bonnier Stipend from Bonniers Konsthall. Yurshansky's work has been exhibited internationally in group shows at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, MAK Center, LAXART, the 7th Istanbul Biennial, the Hammer Museum, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art in Malmö, and the Toyota Museum in Japan.

Website: Jenny Yurshansky

Stay: September 6, 2016 - December 5, 2016
Co-organized by: IASPIS
Event: ARCUS + AIT Artist mini-talk (Sunday, November 27, 2016, ARCUS Studio)

Jenny Yurshansky
Succession, 2016,
Premium black granite, laser etched surface

Jenny Yurshansky
Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory (Asylum), 2015,
Slide projector, 35mm slide, custom Da-Lite rear projection aluminum framed projection screen

Jenny Yurshansky
Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory (Herbarium), 2015,
Steel herbarium cabinets, MDF, wood, hardboard, brass, assorted paper, 133 hand-cut silhouettes

Jenny Yurshansky
Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory (Collection), 2015,
MDF, cast glass, flameworked glass, tempered glass, silkscreen print

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