MCA Denver is excited to announce Andrew Jensdotter: FLAK which will open in the museum’s Whole Room Gallery on February 8, 2019. The exhibition is the first solo presentation of Jensdotter’s work in a museum.
Trained as a painter, Jensdotter has, since completing his MFA at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2014, honed a process that synthesizes abstraction and figuration: over a period of months, he paints layers of representational imagery, successively obscuring each layer, then meticulously cuts into the built-up surface to create a variegated abstract field. Process defines these “carved paintings.”
In making work for FLAK, Jensdotter has explored the significance of that process as the link between the content and contents of his paintings and the works’ final form. To that end, he has made three new carved paintings, each with a more pointedly political subject than those depicted in earlier works. The artist has also adapted his accumulative process to new materials. Importantly, these media are mass- and machine made like the commercial house paint with which he makes the carved paintings. The result is a new body of work that reveals Jensdotter’s concerns with the tensions between figuration and abstraction, exterior appearance and interior reality, and manual labor and post-industrial economics. As expressed in the new works, these artistic preoccupations reflect political anxieties to which the works’ subjects allude.
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MCA Denver exhibitions are sponsored in part by the Director's Vision Society. MCA Denver also thanks the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.