Jenny Perlin

Jenny Perlin (b.1970, UK) lives and works in New York and Berlin. Perlin makes films, videos, installations, and drawings. This work is linked to ‘One Hundred Sinkholes’, in the collection of MoMA, New York, and incorporating small-scale drawings and a 16mm film. Perlin took the increasing global phenomenon of sinkholes as a point of departure; mining the sudden collapse of the earth’s surface as a metaphor for unexpected gaps, cognitive failures and chance detours.  Undermining their monumental scale, each sinkhole is reproduced as a small work on paper, abstracted into geometric line and colour. The 16mm film renders the same images in graphite, each insistently filling the emptiness of the void. As a sinkhole emerges, it quickly disappears into the unsteady rhythm of the animation. An accompanying film titled Inks, rendered in black marker, ferociously loops, gradually destroying the film in the process.

She received her BA from Brown University in Literature and Society (Modern Culture and Media), her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Film, and completed postgraduate studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York.She is currently teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, the Cooper Union, and The New School in New York.Her projects draw on interdisciplinary research interests in history, cultural studies, literature and linguistics. Her films incorporate innovative techniques to investigate history as it relates to the present. Perlin shoots 16mm film and digital video and combines live-action, staged, and documentary images with hand-drawn, text-based animation.Her films have been shown as single-channel works and multi-channel installations at numerous venues including the Guggenheim Museum, (2011), Mass MoCA (2011), MoMA, (2007), Guangzhou Triennial (2008), IFC Center (2008), Berlin and Rotterdam film festivals (2003-2007) the Drawing Center (2001 and 2008), and The Kitchen, NY (2006). Support has come from the LEF Foundation, NYSCA, Experimental Television Center, CEC Artslink, American Center, Geneva, and the Arnold Foundation. Artist residencies include IASPIS Sweden, Wexner Center, Civitella Ranieri, ISCP, and commissions from Bard College CCS, Aldrich Museum, BAC Geneva, The Queens Museum, and Expo 02, Switzerland. Perlin’s work is in public collections including MoMA, Seattle Art Museum, the Five Colleges, MA, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and numerous private collections. Galleries Annet Gelink and M+R Fricke represent her work in Amsterdam and Berlin.

Last updated: 18.04.2015

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