Jenny Perlin, Film Still


Jenny Perlin
Virtual Open House:
Saturday January 30, 2021 @ 2pm Pacific Standard Time on Zoom
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Jenny Perlin is deeply invested in the relationship between scientific narrative and current concerns about environment and site. Her latest long-term project, The Bunker Films, is a series of documentaries about living in bunkers and underground spaces throughout the United States. Many of the bunker residents are deeply invested in astronomical and other scientific issues as ways of explaining their decisions to move to isolated parts of the country. For her residency at BoxoPROJECTS, Jenny envisioned a project specific to the landscape, focusing on sunspots and solar flares as part of this larger body of work.

During her residency, Jenny has been working with Sky’s The Limit Observatory in 29 Palms to create a series of drawings and an animated film about sunspots. Perlin’s short film, created at BoxoPROJECTS, includes a range of materials including photographs of solar projections, drawings of desert fauna, and text describing the sunspot rivalry between 17th century astronomers Christoph Scheiner and Galileo Galilei.

Jenny Perlin makes films, videos, installations, and drawings. Her projects draw on interdisciplinary research interests in history, cultural studies, literature and linguistics. Her films incorporate innovative techniques to investigate history as it relates to the present. Perlin shoots 16mm film and digital video and combines live-action, staged, and documentary images with hand-drawn, text-based animation.

Her films have been shown as single-channel works and multi-channel installations at numerous venues including the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney, MoMA, Mass MoCA, the Guangzhou Triennial, IFC Center, Berlin and Rotterdam film festivals, the Drawing Center, and The Kitchen, NY. Support has come from the LEF Foundation, NYSCA, Experimental Television Center, CEC Artslink, American Center, Geneva, and the Arnold Foundation. Artist residencies include IASPIS Sweden, Wexner Center, Civitella Ranieri, ISCP, and commissions from Bard College CCS, Aldrich Museum, BAC Geneva, The Queens Museum, and Expo 02, Switzerland.

She received her BA from Brown University in Literature and Society (Modern Culture and Media), her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Film, and completed postgraduate studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York.

Perlin’s work is in public collections including MoMA, The Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and numerous private collections.

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