Jackie Gendel’s works engage texture, line, color and form to create alluring, narrative moments. Individual figures in Gendel's work play off groupings; people exist in pictorial spaces, drawn as if pulled through dance or theatrical design. Much of her recent work makes contradictory use of two of modernity’s most common conventions of image production: serial repetition of form and the sequential image of narrative. She employs both, using them simultaneously to unfold the implied relationship between narrative time and painterly process. “I keep on painting the heads and faces over and over again until they get to a place that feels resolved and poignant and mysterious,” Gendel comments. “I try to get to a place that is unexpected to me.”
Jackie Gendel (b. 1973, Houston, TX) received a BA from Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) and an MFA from Yale University (New Haven, CT). Her work has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions at Thomas Erben Gallery (New York, NY); Pratt Manhattan Gallery (New York, NY); Jeff Bailey Gallery (Hudson, NY); Moti Hasson (New York, NY); Mixture Contemporary Art (Houston, TX); and Loyal Gallery (Malmö, Sweden). Gendel’s work is included in the collections of Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, CT); and the Progressive Collection (Mayfield Village, OH). Her work has been featured in publications such as Artforum, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America, Hyperallergic, Modern Painters, and Art Papers. The American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded her an Academy Award in 2007. She participated in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program in 2010 and was an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony in 2005. Gendel lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island.