Jen Pepper, that which can not be held

The Edge of Art:
New York State Artist Series

Jen Pepper: that which can not be held

January 30 – April 4, 2010

For the past 34 years, the Everson has featured Central New York Artists in the Everson Biennial, a juried exhibition traditionally featuring about fifty artists in one group show. This year, the Everson introduces The Edge of Art, a series of contemporary art exhibitions showcasing the work of artists living in New York State, particularly the Central New York Region.  The new format presents small-scale focused exhibitions and site-specific installations of new work. The exhibitions will take place in the Robineau Gallery on the main level of the museum, while collaborative pieces and site-specific installations may be presented in auxiliary spaces throughout the museum including the main Sculpture Court and the Mather Court located on the lower level. The Everson’s Mather Court is one of the most stunning spaces in our I.M. Pei Building. We began showcasing artists in this space in 2008 with tremendous results. Creating new works of art in the Mather Court gallery space challenges artists to problem solve while encouraging viewers to draw connections between their work and the exhibitions around them.

Artist Jen Pepper will be creating a site-specific installation, that which cannot be held, based on Tautologos, a body of work she first exhibited in 2008. Pepper’s installations explore language through the creative and unexpected use of materials and space. Pepper was born in Toronto, Canada, and worked in Brooklyn for many years. She has exhibited internationally including venues in Macedonia, Ireland, Spain, Canada and throughout major cities in the United States.