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Jenna Beasley

Jenna Beasley (b. 1987, Terre Haute, IN) is a visual artist living and working in Queens, NY. Beasley holds a BFA in Painting from Indiana University and an MFA in Studio Art from Hunter College. She has recently exhibited work at No Place Gallery, Columbus, Ohio; Always Fresh, New York; NO Foundation, Toronto; Winston Wachter Gallery, New York; and 3434 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

Familiar Stranger

2021
Floral foam and acrylic on panel
91 x 53 x 8 cm / 36 x 21 x 3 in

Jenna Beasley’s work investigates moments of perceptual in-betweenness, unsettling binaries such as nature/culture, familiar/strange, real/artificial, and image/object. Operating in a recombinatory fashion, her symbol-laden works emerge from a semiotic playfulness, provoking polyvalent and uncanny readings. Utilizing diverse and often unorthodox materials, Beasley’s work digs into themes of catastrophe, ecology, alienation and intimacy, popular fantasy, and non-human agency.

Object Affect 3 (niche)

2021
Floral foam and acrylic on panel
107 x 46 x 10cm / 42 x 18 x 4 in

Object Affect 2 (book)

2020
Floral Foam and acrylic on panel
41 x 46 x 8 cm / 16 x 18 x 3 in

Hunter MFA

This spring, the Hunter College MFA Program in Studio Art will graduate 26 artists who completed their degree over the challenging months of the COVID-19 pandemic. These talented MFA Thesis Candidates are exhibiting their work in six group exhibitions at 205 Hudson, in addition to this online spotlight hosted by Hauser & Wirth. At time when the public audience for in-person exhibitions has been limited by the pandemic, we are excited to provide this digital platform to the emerging artists from Hunter College’s MFA Program in Studio Art.

Discover more at huntermfastudio.org

Images: Photo: Néstor Pérez Moliére