I stumbled upon the work of artist Jenna Spevack today, its a concept that I really love, and which draws on a brilliant creativity and energy, but which is missing something for me, though I can’t quite put my finger on it. The concept is perfect, and I love that anyone, anywhere should be able to be more self sustainable and healthier, but I wonder about the practicality of some of her designs, and to be honest, I don’t think they quite appeal to me as a home for living in.
Here is a little info about her:
Jenna Spevack is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York.
Using drawing, installation, digital media, and permaculture design, her recent work focuses on resilience in the shifting natural and social-political environments.
From the visualization of biological processes, scientific theories, and systems of belief, she examines ideas of interconnectedness, impermanence, and the interaction of forces, both observable and invisible.
She has a BFA in Printmaking from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MFA in Painting/Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Her work has been shown in one-person and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including Hendershot Gallery, NYC, Sanlun Yishu, Beijing, Mucius Galéria, Budapest, White Columns, NYC, Art in General, NYC, Artists Space, NYC, Monya Rowe Gallery, NYC, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and Panorama City, Zurich, Switzerland among others.
She has received numerous grants, residencies, and fellowships including the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, I-Park residency in Connecticut, Platte Clove residency in Catskill NY, Estonian Artist’s Association residency in Tallinn, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, Fundacion Valparaiso, and PSCCUNY Research Foundation Awards, among others.
Her work has been recognized in publications such as, The New York Times, WABC News, The Daily News, New York Arts, The Times Union, Daily Gazette, Metroland Magazine, Provincetown Magazine, Provincetown Banner, Providence Journal Bulletin, Art New England, and on Monitor Public Radio.
Her current exhibition (8 Extraordinary Greens) runs from 3rd May-2nd June 2012 in New York City (http://mixedgreens.com/exhibitions.html), but here are some sneeky pictures of her work:
I was so excited when I first read about her work, and I really do think it is a great idea, but somehow the pieces just lack lustre to me, as if too clinical and bitty and impractical. But I have come across some other examples of urban gardening which do really excite me, and clearly demonstrate that city living doesn’t have to be void of nature or greenery….