Jennifer Moon

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What Is My Work About? 

To sum up my work in words, I would say it’s about increasing my understanding of the multifarious systems at play (both overarching political and social systems as well as idiosyncratic personal systems), which shape my understanding of myself, others, and the world around me, in order to then utilize these systems to eventually expand beyond binary understandings of reality and realize true revolution.Revolution, in my work, always begins with the personal and effortlessly expands outward to the public. Central to my work is a consistent revealing of myself, a continual exposing of my psyche in order to sustain an enduring state of vulnerability. It is my understanding that through vulnerability true connection is formed and in doing so it becomes a political act.My work is also largely about participation: how I participate with myself, with others, my environments, and life in general. Therefore, my participation in collectives such as KCHUNG becomes integral to my work.

Artist Statement

We are currently experiencing an extraordinary moment in life where the potential for widespread, radical social change is possible. The recent tragic incidents of systemic oppression, institutional racism, and police violence, as exemplified by the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner (amongst numerous others), have woken up the public in a rage. People are protesting, mobilizing, talking, writing, posting, speaking up—no longer can the marginalized and oppressed remain silent and passive. Abundant in this atmosphere ripe for revolution is a simultaneous feeling of powerlessness and empowerment. It is within this combination of seeming opposites that new forms and new ways of being can be born. It is here, amongst moments of breaks that move beyond dichotomies and binaries, that I situate my work as an artist.

In one of the proliferation of writings about race and racism that have recently been circulating, I was introduced to a quote by Bishop Gene Robinson:

It is difficult for a majority to see, let alone sympathize with, a practice that discriminates against a minority. It’s not unlike trying to get a fish to understand the concept of water! It is simply the medium in which the fish resides, requiring no cognition of the water that supports it. Discrimination–not just individual, but systemic–is the “water” in which the majority swims, and unless something happens to bring that discrimination into the view and consciousness of the majority, nothing will change, because the majority hardly, if ever, notices it.

As artists, I feel this is what we attempt to do, to expose, bring to the surface, reveal, make accessible the various systems in play that the majority take for granted, the “water” in which we reside. And it’s not just overt or not so overt forms of discrimination but also subtle judgments and beliefs that shape our perception and keep us separate. I am invested in engaging the public to adventure within in order to uncover and question personal beliefs that block us from true connection and belonging.

To this end, my work often becomes an exercise in vulnerability: a constant exposing of my psyche, making public my personal self as a political act, and understanding that this is how true connection is formed. For me, revolution always begins with the personal and then automatically and effortlessly expands outward onto others and the world around me.

Because I am interested in addressing rarely questioned beliefs that keep us separate in order to create new ways of being beyond our current imagination, I find it necessary to work in a variety of media and platforms: installation, sculpture, performance, video, photography, writing, radio, social media, collectives, lifestyle, etc. All of it is integral to understanding the depth of my practice as an artist, a revolutionary, and an adventurer in life. My monthly radio show, Adventures Within, for example, is just as important as my physical art that was recently exhibited in Made in L.A. 2014 at the Hammer Museum. My writing, which forms the basis of The Revolution, is also of equal importance. How I participate in KCHUNG as the Communications & Scheduling Wizard informs The Revolution. And how I interact with myself and with others on a daily basis is of equal significance and is absolutely considered part of my practice. All these numerous and various physical forms and ways of being infuse my work with an energy that expands beyond the object or its occupation within a specific time and space. It is this energy that I feel is the crux of my work.

My life coach friend, whom I reference often on my radio show, once said that he thinks most people aren’t having relationships with each other: it’s our beliefs that are having relationships with one another. Somehow along the way, we have lost connection with our hearts, our humanness, and have become hosts to beliefs. How can we cut through our beliefs so we can really begin to see people? It begins by having the courage to shed our own beliefs, to delve into the darkest parts of ourselves and share them with the world. This is The Revolution, this is art, and this is the creation of a new world based in unadulterated love and continuous expansion for all on this earth and beyond. The time is now or, as the kids like to say, YOLO.

 

CV

Biography

2002                MFA,
Art
Center
College
of
Design,
Pasadena,
CA

1996                BA,
University of California, Los Angeles

1973                Born Lafayette, Indiana

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

 

Solo Exhibitions

2014                “Will You Still Love Me: Learning To Love Yourself, It Is The Greatest Love Of All,” Equitable Vitrines, Los Angeles, CA

2013                “There is Nothing left but Freedom,” Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

2012                “Phoenix Rising, Part 1: This Is Where I Learned Of Love,” Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA

2000                “The
Facility,”
China
Art
Objects
Galleries,
Los
Angeles,
CA

1999                “jennifer
MOON
FESTIVAL,”
Best
Western
Dragon Gate Inn in association with China
Art
Objects
Galleries,
Los
Angeles,
CA

1996                “The
Startouchers,”
Richard
Heller
Gallery,
Los
Angeles,
CA

1995                “Both
Sides
Now,”
project
room,
Richard
Heller
Gallery,
Los
Angeles,
CA

1994                “The
2nd
Annual
DEEDRA
INC
Cocktail Party with Homo Superior,” Tunnel, New York,
NY

1993                “DEEDRA
INC
Cocktail
Party,”
Griffin
Commons
Grand
Ballroom,
UCLA

 

Selected
Group
Exhibitions

2014
“Made in L.A. 2014,” curated by Connie Butler and Michael Ned Holte, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2013
“The Space Between Us,” curated by Ana Iwataki, Courtesy, Paris, France

“Role-Play,” curated by Salomeh Grace, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

“Educational Complex Edit: Videos from the Students of Mike Kelley,” TAG at the University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida

2010
“Jerry/Jury-Rigged,” curated by Jan Tumlir, Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA

2002
“Superhero
Artstaaar:
Beyond
Good
and
Evil,”
curated
by
Bridget Crone, Gertrude Contemporary
Art
Spaces,
Melbourne,
Australia

“THERE:
Sites
of
Korean
Diaspora,” Gwangju Biennale, Project 2, curated by Yong Soon
Min,
Gwangju
Biennale
Hall,
Gallery5,
Gwangju,
South
Korea

2001
“Two
Friends
and
so
on,”
organized
by
Jonathan Horowitz and Rob Pruitt, Marc Foxx,
Los
Angeles,
CA

“Song
Poems,”
produced
by
Steven
Hull,
Cohan
Leslie
and
Browne,
New York,
NY (2002
 Rosemund
Felson, 
Los
Angeles,
CA)

“Pan
Pacific,”
First
Floor
Artists
and
Writers
Space,
Melbourne,
Australia

2000
“An
Active
Life,” curated by Sue Spaid, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

1997
“They
Risked
Heart
Attacks,
Broken
Legs
and
Sprained
Ankles
to Bring Me this Clovelly
Show,”
Testrip,
Auckland,
New
Zealand

1996
“Heller’s
Summer
B‐B‐Que,”
Richard
Heller
Gallery,
Los
Angeles,
CA

“17th
Annual
LACE
Benefit
Art
Auction,”
LACE,
Los
Angeles,
CA

“Now
&
Later,”
curated
by
Elizabeth
Valdez,
Bolsky
Gallery,
Los
Angeles,
CA

“The
Artist
as
Subject
and
Object,”
Cerritos
College
Fine
Art
Gallery,
Cerritos,
CA

1995
“Wild
Side,”
curated
by
Rick
Jacobson,
LACE,
Los
Angeles,
CA

“Piece: Nine Artists Consider Yoko Ono,” curated by Rick Jacobson, Kiki Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1994
“Art
Auction,”
American
Fine
Arts
Co,
New
York,
NY

 

Selected Projects

2013
KCHUNG Radio, Public Engagement artist-in-residence, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

“Boot Camp for Revolutionaries,” ropes course workshop, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

2012-present
“Adventures Within,” monthly radio show, KCHUNG radio, Chinatown, CA

2011-present
“The Revolution,” therevolution.jmoon.net, Los Angeles, CA

2000
“50
Weeks,”
musical-documentary movie, written by Jennifer Moon, directed by Jennifer
Moon
and
Alexandro
Segade,
music
by
Malik
Gaines,
Art
Center College
of
Design,
Pasadena,
CA

“50 Weeks Soundtrack,” CD, produced by Jennifer Moon, Mayo Thompson and Tom Watson, all songs written by Malik Gaines based on the texts of Jennifer Moon with the exception of “Snowboarding” written by Chris Nichols, sponsored by Fine Art Graduate Studies, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

1999
“The
Facility,”
public
superhero
training
center,
Del
Mar
Graduate
Studios,
Art Center
College
of
Design,
Pasadena,
CA

1994
Internship
at
American
Fine
Arts
Co
(as
Deedra
Swan),
New
York,
NY

 

Selected Published Works

2014
“Definition of Abundance: Principle 1 of The Revolution.” 3rd ed. Los Angeles, CA: Hammer Museum. Print.

2013
“Definition of Abundance: Principle 1 of The Revolution.” 2nd ed. Glasgow, Scotland: Transmission Gallery. Print.

“This Is Where I Learned Of Love: CDCR 8/18/08 – 5/19/09.” Raleigh, NC: Lulu. Print. eBook.

2012
“Definition of Abundance: Principle 1 of The Revolution.” 1st ed. Los Angeles, CA: Commonwealth & Council. Print.

2000
“The
Utopian
Annex.”
LOG Illustrated no.9 summer: 14. Print.

1999
“Why
I
Don’t
Do
Community
Service.”
Issue
2
an Art Center College of Design Publication spring: 10-11. Print.

1998
“Three
Days
in
the
Life
of
Jennifer
Moon.”
Issue 1 an Art Center College of Design Student Publication fall: 16-18. Print.

1997
“Snowboarder.” Photograph.
Snowflake no.2: 1. Print.

“Superheroes.” Art ad.
LOG Illustrated 2.2 spring: 28. Print.

1993
“The
Triplicate.” Comic book. no.1
September. Print.

“The
Swan.” Newsletter. 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 July-Sept. Print.

 

Fellowships, Awards, and Grants

2014
Mohn Public Recognition Award, Made in L.A. 2014

CCI ARC grant

2013
CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists – Emerging

1995
Teague-Melville-Elliot Prize, UCLA

1994
Robert
Lee
Adams
Stipend,
UCLA

1992
UCLA
Art
Council
Fellowship,
UCLA

Clifton
Web
Scholarship,
UCLA

 

Selected Bibliography

2014
Swann, Jennifer. “Jennifer Moon Wins Hammer Museum Award, Plans to Start Revolution.” LA Weekly Blogs 20 August 2014. Web.

Gelt, Jessica. “Hammer Museum announces winners of 2014 Made in L.A. Mohn Awards.” Los Angeles Times Culture Monster 19 August 2014. Web.

Vankin, Deborah. “An art phoenix on the ascent.” Los Angeles Times 30 July 2014: D. Print.

Wahlquist, Grant. “Jennifer Moon,” Interview. HOUSEGUEST. WordPress.com, 14 April. Web.

Finkel, Jori. “Painting on a Radio Canvas: KCHUNG Gives Los Angeles Artists a Voice on the Airwaves.” The New York Times 27 February. Web.

2013
Drew, Peter. “Jennifer Moon @ Transmission, until 27 Apr.” Rev. of “There is Nothing left But Freedom” at Transmission Gallery. The Skinny 18 March. Web.

2012
Wagley, Catherine. “Five Artsy Things to Do This Week, Including Lena Dunham’s Dad’s Drawings.” Rev. of “Phoenix Rising, Part 1: This Is Where I Learned Of Love” at Commonwealth & Council. LA Weekly 2 May. Web.

2001
Laird,
Tessa.
“Moonage
Daydream—The
Jennifer
Moon
Project.”
LOG Illustrated
issue 12 summer: 6-7. Print.

2000
Von
Schlegell,
Mark. Rev. of “The Facility” at China Art Objects Galleries. artext no.71 November
–
January
2001: 79-80. Print.

Laird,
Tessa.
“Hello
Superartist!.”
Rev. of “The Facility” at China Art Objects Galleries. artnet October. Web.

Pagel,
David.
“Moon’s
’Facility’
Is
Built
on
Invention,
Participation.” Rev. of “The Facility” at China Art Objects Galleries. Los
Angeles
Times
28 July: F22. Print.

Stark,
Frances.
“Knowledge
Evanescent.”
artext no.68 February
–
April: 43: Print.

1998
Gaines, Malik. “Young, Gifted and Confused: 4 Emerging Artists Talk Politics.” X-TRA 2.1 fall: 15-16, 18. Print.

Hultkrans,
Andrew.
“Surf
and
Turf.”
Artforum
summer: 107, 113. Print.

1996
Dambrot,
Shana
Nys.
“Jennifer
Moon.”
Interview with Lava.
Hot
Lava
June: 26-31. Print.

Pagel,
David.
“Superhero
Souvenirs.”
Rev. of “The Startouchers” at Richard Heller Gallery.
Los
Angeles
Times 2 February: F22. Print.

1994
Hallock,
Betty.
“Zine
Zone,”
Rev. of “The Triplicate,” by Jennifer Moon,
Video
Games
June: 16. Print.

Mateo.
“Jennifer
Moon,”
Interview.
Axcess
1.2: 50-51. Print.