Jenny Yurshansky

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Artist Statement

My practice uses a conceptual and research-based approach to define the material and critical parameters of each project. I explore the empiric and its tension with the poetic. Using these guidelines I dig deeply into the holes in the systems we have created to categorize the world such as time, memory, history and language. These boxes are unpacked and run through the parallel filters of scientific inquiry and personal experience, often making use of absence so that room is made, to determine that which is known, by first establishing what is not known. At the core I investigate paradoxical mechanisms, functions, and assertions, often by creating a dialectical construct that is expressed in the relationship between materials and subject. I take care to widen the gaps of visual description so that the viewer has room to project their own meaning onto each piece. I have done this in order to ensure that the works do not enforce their own tautology. This creates a wider space for meaning to be dismantled and re‐imagined continually. The work’s subtleties force a slower experience of viewing, thereby creating time for dialogue with the larger questions that I deal with.




University of California Irvine – Studio Art, Master of Fine Arts with Honors
Malmö Art Academy – Lund University, Sweden – Critical Studies, Post-Graduate Course
University of California Los Angeles – Studio Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Grand Central Art Center [Santa Ana, USA] Crusted Memory

Pitzer College Art Galleries [Claremont, USA] Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory
Stockholm Royal Institute of Art [Stockholm, Sweden] Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory (Epilogue)

Adjunct Positions [Los Angeles, USA] Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory (Detention)

Tierp Bibliotek [Tierp, Sweden] Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory

Galleri Rostrum [Malmö, Sweden] Fruits of the Sea
Workspace [Los Angeles, USA] A Chance Operation
University Art Gallery [Irvine, USA] The Repository Of General Materials

Rooseum [Malmö, Sweden] Closely Knit

Selected Group Exhibitions 

Bonniers Konsthall [Stockholm, Sweden] 30 År – Maria Bonnier Dahlin Stiftelse
Commonwealth & Council [Los Angeles, USA] Bad Copies

Pitzer College Art Galleries [Claremont, USA] Wunderkammer
Santa Monica Museum of Art [Santa Monica, USA] ICOGNITO
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions [Hollywood, USA] HAPPENING
DAVE Gallery [Los Angeles, USA] I Know Everything

Botkyrka Konsthall [Tumba, Sweden] New Biennial for Art & Architecture in Botkyrka with Labrynt Press

Hammer Museum [Los Angeles, USA] Art Re:Store LA – Fruitique!
323 Projects [Los Angeles, USA] Make ‘Em Laugh

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum [Ridgefield, USA] united states
modified/arts [Phoenix, USA] War Texts
Luktvasslimo Gård [Vesfn Municipality, Norway] Odor Water Limo

Tape Modern [Berlin, Germany] Navigating Darkness
Shoshana Wayne Gallery [Santa Monica, USA] Chain Letter
D-Block Projects [Long Beach, USA] Open Document
M HKA [Antwerp, Belgium] Love Letters To A Surrogate

Bonniers Konsthall [Stockholm, Sweden] Stipendiater 2010: The Maria Bonnier Dahlin Stiftelse
Galleri Rostrum [Malmö, Sweden] PØST-IT
Laguna Art Museum [Laguna Beach, USA] OcScene 2010
MAK Center [Los Angeles, USA] i m pure i tea
LAXART [Los Angeles, USA] Nine Stories
The Torrance Art Museum [Torrance, USA] Love Letters To A Surrogate
 Armory Center for the Arts [Pasadena, USA] International Mail Art Exhibit
Cerritos College Art Gallery [Cerritos, USA] Simultaneous Inversions

Workspace [Los Angeles, USA] Domestic Partner
S1F Gallery [Los Angeles, USA] You Gave Me Brave
Tight Space [Santa Ana, USA] Welcome To The Neighborhood
UC Irvine, University Art Gallery [Irvine, USA] Betamax

Eighteen-Thirty [Los Angeles, USA]   Thank Tank

Astrup Fearnley Museum [Oslo, Norway] Investigation of a Model of Influence

Rooseum [Malmö, Sweden] We Are the State

Rooseum [Malmö, Sweden] Housewarming
The Optical Lounge [Beverly Hills, USA] Create: Fixate – Muses

Armand Hammer Museum [Los Angeles, USA] Works On Paper
I-5 Gallery [Los Angeles, USA] ZOOM II: Focus on Photography

Toyota Museum [Tokyo, Japan] A Beautiful Day -Yutaka Sone
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery [Tokyo, Japan] Ego Fugal – Yutaka Sone
7th Istanbul Biennale [Istanbul, Turkey] A Beautiful Day – Yutaka Sone


Royal Institute of Art [Stockholm, Sweden] Guest Artist Researcher Residency

Luktvasslimo Gård [Vesfn Municipality, Norway] Artist Residency

Galleri Rostrum [Malmö, Sweden] Artist Residency

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council [New York, USA] Swing Space Residency


Artist book [Claremont, USA] Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory (Recollections)

Goodbye – David Bell [Los Angeles, USA] Searching For Home / Leaving Yourself Behind, Expanded essay in book

Notes on Looking [Los Angeles, USA] Searching For Home / Leaving Yourself Behind, Article

Artist book [Long Beach, USA] – Mystery of the Secret Room


Bonniers Konsthall [Stockholm, Sweden] 30 År – Maria Bonnier Dahlin Stiftelse, Catalogue

Archive Journal [USA] Signs Taken for Wonders
National Geographic Traveler [Washington D.C., USA] Lights, Camera, Los Angeles
Crave [Los Angeles, USA] Zoe Crosher: Prospecting Palm Fronds, Article
Biz & Art [Uppsala, Sweden] Uppdrag, Article
KCET Artbound [Los Angeles, USA] Invasive Species: Jenny Yurshansky Plants Her Stake, Article
Notes on Looking [Los Angeles, USA] Jenny Yurshansky | Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory, Article
Artillery Magazine [Los Angeles, USA] Wunderkammer at Pitzer College Art Galleries, Article
The Student Life [Claremont, USA] Artist Links Plants, Immigration in Exhibition, Article

Upsala Nya Tidning [Uppsala, Sweden] En inspirerande konsthållplats, Article
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar [Weimar, Germany] Encyclopedia of Tenderness, Encyclopedia

Upsala Nya Tidning [Uppsala, Sweden] Nytt konstverk i Månkarbo, Article
Arbetarbladet [Gävle, Sweden] De har skapat en kreativ oas i Persbo, Article
Norra Uppland [Uppsala, Sweden] Konsten flyttar in i lilla Persbo, Article

The Aldrich Museum [Ridgefield, USA] united states, Catalogue
Billedkunst [Oslo, Norway] Strålene nedenfra, Article
Odor Water Limo [Luktvatn, Norway] Catalogu
Helgeland Arbeiderblad [Mosjøen, Norway] Gøy på Odor Water Limo, Article
Helgeland Arbeiderblad [Mosjøen, Norway] Kunst på låven, Article

Long Beach Gazette [Long Beach, USA] Promenade Gallery Shows Process, Article
Graphite Interdisciplinary Journal of the Arts [Los Angeles, USA] The End?, Photo story

Tidningen Kulturen [Umeå, Sweden] Konst: Stipendiater 2010: Maria Bonnier Dahlins Stiftelse, Article
Konsten [Stockholm, Sweden] Maria Bonnier Dahlin-Stipendiater 2010, Article
Dagens Nyheter [Stockholm, Sweden] Måleriskt och idébaserat, Article
Upsala Nya Tidning [Uppsala, Sweden] Stipendiaternas tid är nu, Article
Sydsvenskan [Malmö, Sweden] Galleri blir konstnärsbostad, Article
Sydsvenskan [Malmö, Sweden] En plastig påminnelse från Mexikanska golfen, Article
Laguna Art Museum[Laguna Beach, USA] The OsCene 2010, Catalogue
OC Weekly [Orange County, USA] ‘OsCene’: Half-Empty or Half-Full?, Article
The Orange County Register [Orange County, USA] LAM Presents ‘OsCene’ Through May, Article
The Santa Ana Examiner [Santa Ana, USA] MFA Art Exhibit at University of California, Irvine, Article
The Santa Ana Examiner [Santa Ana, USA] Local Artist Profile: Jenny Yurshansky, Article
The New University [Irvine, USA] MFA Thesis Pt. II, Article
Another Righteous Transfer [Los Angeles, USA] I’m Pure I Tea, Article
Octopus [Irvine, USA] Nine Stories, Journal article
Out Of Nothing, [Los Angeles, USA]  …that there were some ah-ness to things, Insert

Brand X Daily, Los Angeles Times [Los Angeles, USA] Gallery a go-go: Don’t call it an art ‘walk’, Article

The Hour Newspaper [Montreal, Canada] Video Unclassified, Article
Le Délit Newspaper [Montreal, Canada] La vidéo revue et corrigée, Article

There’s Gonna Be Some Trouble The Five Year Rooseum Book [Malmö, Sweden] Catalogue

Malmoe Magazine, Edition 26 [Malmoe, Austria] We Are The State, Article