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Visiting Artist – Jessica Ann

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“I am approaching art as a modality to explore the human and non-human factors in the production of knowledge. Via a confluence of art, technology, science, sci-fi, and self, I envision and enact fantasies that attempt to subvert ideologies and their subsequently sticky hierarchies. I want to perform a redoing of the frameworks shaping the labor and love we commit to bugs, dirt, machines, skin, islands, time, dreams, and networks. I want to make a fabulation and walk into it, this is the work.”

Jessica Ann is a visiting lecturer in sculpture and 4D at the University of Tennessee. She received her MFA from The Ohio State University, Columbus in 2016.

Ann works across a variety of media, including organic material and living organisms, video, code, electronics, and the internet. She aggregates these media via eclectic forms that often take shape as kinetic sculptures and interactive installations. The resulting work reflects a desire to subvert idealogies of difference, by engaging the audience in new and strange relationships with the devices, bodies, processes and networks she weaves together in her work.

Her work has exhibited internationally, at venues such as the MediaLab-Prado in Madrid, Spain, the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, WA, the Anthology Film Archives in New York City, the Aurora Picture Show in Houston, and the Oklahoma City Museum of Modern Art in Oklahoma City. She received the T.G. Mays Purchase Award from the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman, OK for her work Coordinate Retriever. The work is now a part of the museum’s permanent collection. This past summer (2016), Ann spent one month in Xi’an, China, developing a modern day toolkit for dérive; a way to effectively map and travel the city via snail logic.

Jessica Ann will be exhibiting at the UT Downtown Gallery through the month of November. A reception will be held Friday, November 4, from 5-9pm.

 

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