In a world that creates shiny new things just so they can go obsolete, Jen discovers old, abandoned, or neglected things gone sinister. Throughout works that vary in palette from rainbow neons to worn out neutrals, from panoramic scenes of lake gatherings to close-ups of fences, there shouldn't be anything outwardly unsettling. If anything, Jen's use of fine lines and matter-of-fact realism inspired by photography should make these objects familiar. But the unsettling effect arises from finally facing these usually unseen, even deprecated, things - we had forgotten them so profoundly that there is no way to make sense of them.
Jen Hitchings, born 1988 in New Jersey, is a Brooklyn-based artist and curator. She received her BFA in Painting & Drawing from SUNY Purchase College in 2011 and Certificate in Small Business & Entrepreneurship from CUNY Hunter in 2018. She has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Studio Kura (Itoshima, Japan), and Highly Authorized (Ellenville, NY). Solo presentations of her work have taken place at MEN Gallery (New York, NY), PROTO (Hoboken, NJ) in 2018, and One River School (Englewood, NJ) in 2019. Recent group exhibitions have taken place at Cindy Rucker, Pierogi, Ideal Glass (New York, NY), Geoffrey Young Gallery (Great Barrington, MA), and Newark International Liberty Airport (Newark, NJ). She was a recipient of the Queens Council on the Arts’ New Works Grant in 2018. For nearly a decade, she has held management positions at contemporary and secondary market galleries, managed artist studios and estates, and co-directed artist-run galleries in New York. Her work is represented by PROTO GOMEZ, and she is the founder of Studio Associate, an art advising and consulting firm.