Reception: September 1 from 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Jennifer Pepper, "Stilt Grass," magnetic tape, wire and text, 2011
Former Dallas artist and 500X gallery member, Jennifer Pepper left the city life six years ago for the green hills of rural Tennessee. Immersed in the quieter life of the lush forest surrounding her studio has influenced Pepper's newest body of work. Days spent outside exploring with her two young boys provide fodder for works that embellish and obsess over mundane natural phenomenon. As she draws from elements of the surrounding landscape – the rapid growth of invasive plants, loss of honey bees, and the weather – Pepper retains the concerns in her previous work – that of the detritus of technology. Utilizing the obsolete technology of magnetic tape as material for her work, Pepper translates Poison ivy and Japanese stilt grass into paintings and sculptures that speak to the parallel between manmade and natural systems that can easily shift beyond control.
Jennifer Pepper holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas in Denton and recently exhibited her newest work at Beth Haley Designs in Nashville, TN in May.
Directions: From I-30 take Exit 54 toward Big Town Blvd. Take Big Town Blvd North which turns into La Prada. From La Prada take a right on Carol Brown Dr. Go right on Eastfield Parkway and park in the W3 parking lot (on your left). Gallery 219 is located on the upper floor of the Fine Arts building (Bldg F) in room F219C. Park and enter at the Performance Hall entrance on the west side of the campus.
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