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SOLO SHOWS


Məˈtänəmē - Gallery Jones - Vancouver - November 2019 Send Pix - Arsham Fieg Gallery - NYC - July 2019 Notes on Love - Duran Mashaal Gallery - Montreal - September 2018 Duran Mashaal Gallery - Volta - March 2018 Winsor Gallery booth - Art toronto - October 2017 Sweet Nothing - Cordesa Fine Art - LA - Oct 2016 Q&A - NSC - Toronto - NOV 20, 2014 Strange Beauties - NSC - Toronto - Feb-Mar 2013 Gathering of the Psyche - Communication Gallery- Toronto -2012 Daydream Beleiver - NSC - Toronto - July - 2012 Subconscious Vista - Gallery 1313, Toronto, Sept 2011




GROUP SHOWS


Group show - Duran Mashaal Gallery - Montreal Quebec - August 2019 Pop up show - Winsor Gallery - Vancouver BC - November 2017 Spring Group show - Winsor Gallery - Vancouver BC - May 2017 Opening exhibit - Duran Mashaal Gallery - Montreal Quebec - April 2017 Group show - Winsor Gallery - Vancouver BC - Mar 2017 The First Exhibit - Cordesa Fine Art - San Francisco CA - March 2016 Welcome to the Bright Side - Bright Side Gallery - Amsterdam NL - Jan 2016 Supersonic Electronic Invitational V - Spoke Art - SF - Jan 2016 Art Basel Miami - Gauntlet Gallery - Nov 2015 Nyctophilia - Walls - Amsterdam - Nov 2015 3rd Annual 12x12 exibit - Gauntlet Gallery - March 2015 Love & Death - Walls - Amsterdam - Mar 7 2015 LA art Show - Gauntlet Gallery (littletopia) - Jan 2015 Supersonic Electronic Invitational IV, Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA - Jan 2015 Two Year Anniversary Group show - Gauntlet Gallery - Dec 2014 Humans - James Baird Gallery - Newfoundland - Oct 18 2014 Ruben Ireland group show - Gauntlet Gallery - April 5 2014 Prisma second anual group show, WWA gallery, Culver City, CA - Feb 2014 Supersonic Electronic Invitational III, Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA - Jan 2014 Kingston Prize show - Art Gallery of Calgary - Calgary - Nov 2013 Bad Dads - Wes Anderson Themed Show, Spoke Art - SF - CA, Nov 2013 Many Faces (Two person Show) - Compound Gallery - Portland - Oct 2013 Kingston Prize Show - Firehall Theater - Gananoque - ON 2013 Lil bub Group Show - Spoke art - San Francisco CA - Sept 2013 Gauntlet Gallery - Side Effects- San Francisco CA - June 2013 Animal in Me - Subtext Gallery - San Diego USA - Feb 2013 Second Sight - Trifecta Gallery, USA Dec 2012 MILK - fine grime - Bath U.K. - Nov, 2012 Glass, Cinder & Thorns - 323 East Gallery - USA- Nov 2012 Highly Contageous - Gallery Hijinks, San Francisco Sept 2010 Nature Noir - Mahan Gallery, Columbus OH, US,A March 2010




AWARDS & GRANTS


AdWeek - Brand Stars Award - 2019 Ontario Arts Council - Emerging artist Grant - 2016 Winner of the Kingston Portrait Prize - 2015 Ontario Arts Council - Emerging Artist Grant - 2014 Finalist for the Kingston Portrait Prize - 2013 Curries Art Store Prize- Printmaking 4th year – OCAD 2009 Duncan Macpherson Award - Drawing & Painting OCAD 2008 Sharon Mekur MemorialAward-3rd yr Printmaking OCAD 2008 2nd year award for studio excellence - Printmaking - OCAD - 2007




REPRESENTATION


Duran Mashaal Gallery : Montreal, Canada Gallery Jones : Vancouver, Canada




EDUCATION


OCAD, Toronto, Canada BFA - Printmaking 2005 - 2009





Metonymy

November 07, 2019

Gallery Jones, Vancouver

 

"Jen Mann, an artist from Toronto with her first solo exhibition at Gallery Jones, is diving deep into the culture of celebrity, social media and constructed personas. Through a variety of medium (film, sculpture and primarily painting), Mann is employing the masking tools available in this hyper-self-conscious age to question perception and ideas of identity. With herself as the subject, obfuscated by luminescent layers of distraction such as glossy wigs, theatrical make-up and the text of magazine covers, Mann is also challenging our definition of real as it relates to the self.

 

Since graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2009, Mann has developed a dichotomy in her artistic practice between form and content. She paints meticulously rendered, hyper-realistic canvases whose subject matter is populated by the look and feel of a generation that rapaciously consumes and discards imagery and content. The juxtaposition of an expertly executed and seriously considered self-portrait involving emoji stickers haphazardly applied to the face speaks to an existential condition: how do we know ourselves, and one another, when our means of communication are virtual?

 

At times self-deprecatingly funny, beautifully poignant and emotionally raw, the collective work presents a well-curated and highly polished satire of what goes into how we want to be seen. Taken as a whole, the exhibition is a meta-fiction of an art star. There are movie trailers for movies that don’t exist, posters for those movies, paintings of paintings hanging in a gallery (that are also stills from the movies) and 4’ x 3’ paintings of magazine covers featuring Mann as the elusive ingénue, artistic genius, millennial poster child or fallen icon. Mann’s impressive artistic abilities are on full display in this exhibition that is in many ways a portrait of our time and an ode to the timelessness of self-reflection and aggrandizement."

SEND PIX

July 09, 2019

Arsham Fieg Gallery - NYC

Referencing clowns and masks Mann looks at how we hide or share our emotions in these new works which explore social anxiety. Unsettling and saccharine colored, these images depict an intangible disconnect from social intimacy. Inspired by emojis and social media 'Send pix' is a dark but comical look at modern communication. 

NOTES ON LOVE

September 13, 2018

Duran Mashaal Gallery in Montreal

In her newest series of paintings, Mann is exploring how we understand the identities of the people we are closest to, the people we live with, and how we abstract them from who they are as we internally meld them with ourselves, and our own identities. exploring how we never truly see the other person for who they are, but instead we see what we have created in our minds, the version of them that we want to see. is abstraction and obsession runs through the work where the subject (her partner) is continually being obscured from view, Mann’s hair covering and enveloping him, text over the image reads “you are not me, you are not mine, but somehow we are one.” the text almost blends into the image like the two figures merging together. Each image a digital manipulation, altering, and abstract- ing him as she draws over his face in some instances, and in another image light blows out the subject where only certain parts are visible. is series a next step in Mann’s continued foray into identity, self and now what is ‘other’.

VOLTA nyc

March 07, 2018

Mann will be showing at Volta in NYC with Duran Mashaal Gallery. VOLTA is from March 7 - 11 2018. Mann will be in attendance. 

Sweet Nothing

October 15, 2016

Sweet Nothing documents a coming of age tale through Mann’s personal views of identity and self. Mann's dry and self-satirical humor is a unifying force weaving the dream-like paintings together. Primarily working with a pallet of vibrant peach and pink tones, Mann references nostalgia, pop culture and familiar symbols to address societies hypocritical and flawed projections of love and desire

 

 

Q&A

November 14, 2014

Who am I? Who are you? What does my life mean? Why am I alive? – these complex questions are explored in Jen Mann‘s new series of works entitled Q&A; a collection of visual metaphors exploring identity, existence, relationships, life and death.

Each image is an exploration into existence, often expressed through a pun or play on words, in a visual narrative, that draws on popular culture as a from of communicating complex thoughts in an informal way. Mann looks deeply at identity and relationships, and how we understand others through understanding ourselves.

 

Strange Beauties

February 15, 2013

Inspired by the circus, illusions, dreams and the innocence and playfulness of childhood, Strange Beauties explores beauty and its fringes. Capturing sincere moments between Mann and her subjects, the paintings in this exhibition evoke a naïve and unfiltered sense of beauty akin to that experienced in childhood. Using colour and saturation to foreground elegant and alluring elements in otherwise odd and unglamourous images, Mann captures the world through “rose-coloured glasses.” An intense stare, a blink, a sideways glance—and in some works, the collision of these gestures—create a deep sense of intimacy and honesty amidst the surreal images.

 

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