October 23 - November 24, 2021
From Gray Contemporary:
“Exhibition Statement During the fleeting trough of COVID waves in the late Spring 2021, Jen Rose returned to Juneau, Alaska, a frequent site of inspiration, this time to research monsters. With a scientist as a guide at low-tide, she spent hours investigating the squirting clams and moored Christmas sea anemones. Locals took her to shipwrecks, collapsed mines, and on boats, where she pulled Dungeness crab from the cold water. Fever of Monsters was born of these experiences. In magical environments, the creatures that go unobserved might as well be monsters. This group of work, this “fever of monsters,” much like the low-tides that expose the mysterious bottom-dwellers, reveals a natural world filled with unknown life.
Artist Jen Rose is a native of San Angelo, TX. Rose received her MFA in Ceramics at the University of North Texas in 2002 and has remained in Dallas where she lives and works. In addition to her “Monster” series, Jen Rose is creator of Bee Cups. Bee Cups are installations of porcelain funnels that collect water for thirsty pollinators. Texas Bee Oasis II, a 3000-piece installation of bee cups, is on display at the Houston Botanical Garden, in partnership with Lawndale Art Center from October 2021 through June 2022. Other solo exhibitions include Flight of the Polychromatic Zooids in Longmont, Colorado, Since Last We Met at Camiba Gallery in Austin, TX, Mirror, Mirror, at the Dallas Contemporary, In You We Trust at College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA, and Clutch, Morean Center for Clay, St. Petersburg, FL. Finally, Jen holds a faculty position at Dallas College where she teaches Ceramics, Design and Art Appreciation.”
On View: October 23, 2021 | 12–5 pm
3508 Lake Street
Houston, 77098 TX