May 2 — June 6, 2009
Jennie Ottinger makes small-scale paintings and drawings based on images that she finds while scavenging through newspapers, encyclopedias, textbooks, and historical image bases. The drawings are archived and pulled as needed to combine into groups of several pieces that form a loose narrative. The end effect attempts to capture that moment immediately before or after a pivotal event, the tension in that fleeting period of silence and stillness. The unfinished quality lends to the uneasy stillness by making them seem interrupted, as if something sudden and significant occurred.
Jennie is a San Francisco based artist who has exhibited in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. She has a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts, a BA in Art History from the University of the Pacific and received an MFA from Mills College in May of 2008.
The show at Conduit Gallery will be her first in Texas.