Jennifer Bolande

October 27–November 23, 1988
Beaver College Art Gallery


Mixed media work by New York artist Jennifer Bolande will be on display from October 27 to November 23, 1988 at the Beaver College Art Gallery, located in the Spruance Art Center on campus. The exhibition will open on Wednesday, October 26, 1988 with a reception from 7:00–9:00 PM in honor of the artist. Members of the press are cordially invited to attend the reception and also to meet with the Gallery's new director, Paula Marincola.

The artist will also give an informal lecture about her work on Wednesday, November 2, 1988 at 4:00 PM in the Little Theatre located on campus. Admission is free.

Bolande's highly detailed, multi-keyed works exist in the intriguing space between photography and sculpture. "She has recently emerged as one of the most compelling younger artists working today," notes Marincola who organized the exhibition. "Her work has generated a great deal of critical and curatorial interest. Our art gallery is the first institution to assemble an overview of her production since the early 1980s."

Bolande's assemblages are constructed from fragmented photographic images and objects that occupy the often overlooked periohery of contemporary society — refrigerators, amplifiers, sandwich boards, faux log, and scraps of other kinds of cast-off material such as carpeting, bubble wrap, and wooden shims. The sculptures' reticent and idiosyncratic character demands the viewer's close attention as it is based upon an invented syntax derived from the margins of our media culture's landscape.

Critic Ronald James has written that Bolande's art ". . . reactivates our desire to interpret beyond the bounds of the predetermined. There is a private iconography. Yet she is always careful to convey, often literally, the invitation to see in her art. In this artist's hands, unexpected juxtapositions and conjunctions touch off a series of possible meanings at once poetic and humorous."


Bolande, currently represented by Metro Pictures, New York, attended Novia Scotia College of Art and Design. She has had one person exhibitions at The Kitchen, Nature Morte, and Metro Pictures, all located in New York and at the Robbin Lockett Gallery in Chicago. Bolande also has shown internationally in group exhibitions in St. Louis, Buffalo, Aspen, Chicago, Vienna, Milan, Antwerp, Geneva, Dusseldorf, and Amsterdam among others. Her work also has been recently reviewed in Art in America, Flash Art, and Artscribe magazines.