Jenny Kemp

In my work, I directly examine the elements of invention and surprise that result from working cyclically between painting and animation. Stemming from an inherent interest in organic form and contemplating on human beings and our relationship to organic matter, I create biologically-inspired imagery that is built through lines and planes of subtly shifting hue intensities, generating form through a slow additive process that parallels growth in nature. These become densely colored abstractions that become metaphorical of unseen phenomenon such as thoughts and feelings. I approach composition centrally on paper, creating bodies in space that are frontal to the viewer, exploring ways of yielding formal variety. I consider these bodies as presented cross-sections, revealing inner realms that are reminiscent of a variety of visual sources such as natural organisms, psychedelic patterning and early modern design.

My animations allow me a deeper perspective into these dissections as I capture macro shots of my paintings and manipulate them in Photoshop and into small stop-motion videos. These videos feed the paintings in terms of inventiveness and discovery into new territory and allow me to create conversations that address tensions between flatness/depth, containment/expansion, and handmade/digital.

Gouache on paper

Collage on paper and panel


Jenny Kemp received her BS in studio art form the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her MFA in Painting in 2012 from the University at Albany. Kemp has exhibited her work in many solo and group shows in galleries and museums across the country, including Seattle, Denver, and New York. Her work has been featured in publications such as Seattle’s City Arts, LUXE, Fabrik, and Apogee magazines. Her work has been selected for several competitions such as Albany Museum of History and Art’s Tomorrow’s Masters Today, Best of SUNY and First Street Gallery’s National MFA Competition juried by John Yau. Jenny Kemp currently lives in Troy, New York where she is an adjunct professor of art at Sienna College and Sage College, as well as sits on the board of Collar Works, a not-for-profit, artist run gallery and exhibition space that showcases challenging exhibitions monthly in the Capital Region of New York. EDUCATION MFA - Painting, State University of New York at Albany 2012 BS - Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison 2002 EXHIBITIONS 2014 Modern Artists Carrie Haddad Gallery, Husdson, NY Faculty Show Opalka Gallery at Sage College, Albany, NY We Love Art Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY 2013 Second Nature Albany Airport Gallery, Albany, NY Admit One Collar Works Gallery, Troy, NY Works by Jenny Kemp and Richard Harrington Gallery 105, curated by MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams, MA An Early Spring Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY 2012 Recent work and new paintings on paper Fulton Street Gallery (solo) FISSURE GalleryEll online exhibition, curated by Amanda Kates In Orbit Little Gallery at Sage College of Albany. Albany, NY. Works on Paper Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY MFA National Competition First Street Gallery, NYC. Juror: John Yau BioLogical Salem Art Works Carry House Gallery, Salem, NY MFA Thesis Exhibition University at Albany Art Museum, Albany, NY 2011 Art Takes London Top 100 finalist Back to School Fulton Street Gallery, Troy, NY Fence Select The Art Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY. Juror: Carrie Haddad Honorable Mention CAC August Artists in Residence 272 River Street, Troy, NY Chain Letter Samson Projects, Boston, MA SUNY Best of Show New York State Museum, Albany, NY Members Only Collar Works Gallery, Troy, NY Fountain Art Fair Pier 66, New York, NY Nathan Meltz with Jenny Kemp and Doug Holst Thaddeus Kwiat Projects, Saugerties, NY 2010 Fabrik Magazine International Juried Competition Fabrik Magazine, Los Angeles Honorable Mention Evergreen Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle, WA Loose/Tight Davey Jones Gallery, Albany, NY Tomorrow’s Masters Today Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY 2009 Organic Structures by Color Theory Collective Fremont Abbey, Seattle, WA Appendages Gallery 110 Loft, Seattle, WA (solo) Full Bloom Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY Recent Small Paintings Oasis Art Gallery, Seattle, WA PULP 4 Gallery 110, Seattle, WA Under the Skin Gallery 110, Seattle, WA 2008 Line Dance Gallery 110, Seattle, WA Growing Figures 66 Bell Loft Gallery, Seattle, WA (solo) ARTview 2008 DAR Constitutional Hall, Washington, DC 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury, MD 1st Honorable Mention Paperworks b.j. spoke gallery, Huntington, NY Juror: Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY Alternate PULP 3 Gallery 110 Seattle, WA 2007 Mythology Job Gallery, Seattle, WA The Door Show Ace Gallery, Seattle, WA 2004 Go Figure Core Art Space, Denver, CO Juror: Andrew Speer It’s a Small Isthmus After All Groundworks Gallery, Denver, CO Recent Work ism gallery, Denver, CO The Paper Show Core Art Space, Denver, CO TEACHING EXPERIENCE Adjunct Instructor, Sage College of Albany: Mixed Media Drawing, 2D Design. Albany, NY. Fall 2012-Present Lecturer, Siena College: 2D Design, Graphic Design. Loudonville, NY. Fall 2012-Present Instructor of Record. Two-Dimensional Design. University at Albany, SUNY. Fall 2010 & Spring 2011 Instructor of Record. Beginning Drawing. University at Albany, SUNY. Fall 2011 & Spring 2012 Teaching Assistant to Mark Greenwold. Advanced Painting. University at Albany, SUNY. Fall 2009 Teaching Assistant. ArtsCorps. Seattle, WA. 2006-2008 PUBLICATIONS 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Beers.Lambert Gallery, London, UK, published by Thames & Hudson (forthcoming) Art Bound Momma (blog), “Second Nature Review” Claire Sherwood, October, 2013 The New York Times, image chosen for gallery listing section (Westchester) Sunday, March 31, 2013 The Times Union, “Works on Paper evokes yesteryear” by Amy Griffin. October 2012 1Op Collective Blog, “Spotlight Emerging Artist” by Lauren Smith. June 2012 Apogee Magazine, Cover Image & multiple page spreads. Spring Issue 2012 City Arts Seattle “Sprouting” by Sarah Dillon. pp. Back page. November 2008 LUXE All Regional editions - “Gallery Feature” Winter 2008 ARTIST TALKS/LECTURES/WORKSHOPS Artist Talk with Berkshire Hills Internship Program Interns, Gallery 105, North Adams, MA. June 2013 Visiting Artist. St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. Spring 2013 (Held workshops for Digital Textiles & Drawing classes) Artist Talk. Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Fall 2012 AWARDS AND HONORS Board Member. Collar Works Art Gallery. Troy, NY February 2012 - present Capstone Committee. Siena College, Loudonville, NY. Spring/Fall 2013 Guest Juror. Athens Cultural Center’s Members Show, Athens, NY. April 2013 Graduate Student Organization Personal Research Grant SUNY Albany June, 2011 Merit Award. Contemporary Arts Center- Woodside. Troy, NY. June, 2011 Board Member. Gallery 110, Seattle, WA. February 2008 – August 2009 RESIDENCIES Contemporary Artist Center Woodside, Troy, NY. June-July, 2011 CURATING EXPERIENCE Cascadia Collar Works Gallery, Troy, NY. May, 2013 Percolate! Collar Works Gallery, Troy, NY. August, 2012 Co-curated with Jake Winiski Pursuant Pharaohs Collar Works Gallery, Troy, NY. September, 2011 Co-curated with Georgia Wohnsen Senior Graduate Art Show SUNY Albany. May, 2010