Jenifer Kent - Plate 6, 7 and 8, 2015 - Courtesy of the Artist

Jenifer Kent

United States

Minimal Art, Conceptual Art, Drawing

Jenifer Kent
Jenifer Kent
United States
July 8, 2015
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Jenifer Kent is an American artist, well known for her unique minimalist style of drawing, making her works appear sculpture-like. Jenifer Kent was born in the USA. She graduated from Rutgers University, earning her BFA degree in painting in 1994. Five years later, in 1999, she received her MFA from Mills College in Oakland. She has also received a number of special awards and acclaimed residencies.

Kent’s Inspirations and Style

Kent draws inspiration from many artists, such as Agnes Martin, Mel Bochner, Ruth Asawa and Eva Hesse. She employs monochromy, pattern and precision, and also draws from Conceptual Art, texture and accumulation. Since space is always accentuated in her drawings, they appear to be three dimensional figures, making the works look like they are projecting and hovering.

Jenifer Kent - Jet, 2015 - Courtest of the Artist
Jenifer Kent – Jet, 2015

Her works look similar to explosions, in a way that markings appear to be “ejected” from a single (or sometimes multiple) points of energy across the surface. While Kent’s earlier works usually rely on a kind of a chaotic form, it is in her later works that she expresses a sort of pause, presented through empty space. Some of her works from this newer period include 2014’s Flashpoint and Vanishing Point.

Jenifer Kent - Flashpoint, 2014 - Courtesy of the Artist
Jenifer Kent – Flashpoint, 2014

Kent does her drawings with hand only, and highlights the importance of the process of creating her art, and the exhibitions and installations only as a proof of the activity. She is interested in small details and units, and how they all create complex patterns.

Shows and Exhibitions

Jenifer Kent has exhibited all over the West Coast and in the UK. Some of her notable group exhibitions include Black & White (San Francisco, 2011), Supernatural (Oakland, 2006) and 2-2002 (Berkeley, 2002). She also had a few solo shows, most important being Hyperspace, which was organized in the summer of 2015 at Dolby Chadwick Gallery.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015HyperspaceDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2015Drawing Discourse: Contemporary DrawingUNC Asheville, NCGroup
2015Lucid Arts ResidencyGallery Route One, Pt Reyes, CAGroup
2014Art Silicon Valley/SFDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Mateo, CAGroup
2013artMRKT Art FairDolby Chadwick Booth, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012Decorator ShowcaseSan Francisco, CAGroup
2011Black & WhiteDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011OutlandishBedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CAGroup
2010San Francisco Decorator ShowcaseSan Francisco, CAGroup
2010Monotype MarathonSan Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2010The Secret Lives of TeachersJackson Street Gallery, SF, CAGroup
2009The Gift of ArtCecile Moochnek Gallery, Berkeley, CAGroup
2008Visual AidSOMArts, San Francisco, CAGroup
200827th Annual Fall AuctionSan Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2007Teachers at Work New House Gallery, Ross, CAGroup
20077th Annual Benefit Art Sale21 Grand, Oakland, CAGroup
2006Supernatural21 Grand, Oakland, CAGroup
2006Tenth Annual Art Sale & Live AuctionThe Lab, San Francisco, CAGroup
2005Marking MotionThe Lab, San Francisco, CAGroup
2004Marked & BoundBryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CASolo
2003The Gift of ArtCecile Moochnek Gallery, Berkeley, CAGroup
2003Post-PostcardThe Lab, San Francisco, CAGroup
2003Introductions SouthSan Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2003Seventh Annual Art Sale & Live AuctionThe Lab, San Francisco, CAGroup
2002Deep SeededOakland, CAGroup
2002"2-2002"Nexus Art Gallery, Berkeley, CADuo
2001Drawings: AccumulationsDavis Art Ctr., Davis, CASolo
2000Small WorksCecile Moochnek Gallery, Berkeley, CAGroup
2000Women Consuming, Women ConsumedMatrixArts InternationalGroup
2000Small is BeautifulBerkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CAGroup
1999Recent MFA GraduatesMills Building, San Francisco, CAGroup
1999Mills College MFAMills College Art Museum, Oakland, CAGroup
1999The Gift of Art, Small WorksCecile Moochnek Gallery, Berkeley,Group
1999IntroductionsCecile Moochnek Gallery, Berkeley, CA Group
1999Pro Arts Open StudiosPro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CAGroup
1998See, Hear, TouchCompound I, Oakland, CAGroup
1998Pro Arts Juried AnnualPro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CAGroup
1997Jenifer KentCyclops, Seattle, WASolo
1996Members ShowcaseArt Not Terminal Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
1994Mason Gross School of the Arts BFARutgers University, New Brunswick, NJGroup
1993Off the Wall Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJGroup