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Bill Jenkins I Residency from mid-September to mid-December 2017

Bill Jenkins was born in California in 1981. He lives and works in New York.

Bill Jenkins’ installations are based on the use of light. This use of the elusive and the non material seems to become tamed by being directed through complex systems created in the exhibition space. Yet for all their complexity, the constructions are made of simple materials like wood and sheet plastic.

His use of a site approaches that of Land Art, using the natural resources already pre-existent to the space like wood, water, sand and soil. Jenkins considers that space and light are the natural resources of the architecture or the exhibition space that he will transform entirely by investing them with his large scale installations inspired in size and form by monumental urban infrastructure, like tunnels, sewer systems and pipelines.

Each of his works is the result of a unique experience. During his exhibition at the Foundation Brownstone, Paris, in October of 2017, Bill Jenkins transposed certain elements of his residence that made reference to the Atelier Calder, to the exhibition space there. This created a link between them and invited the viewer to recreate or elaborate a shared experience.

In the installation developed at the Atelier Calder, Bill Jenkins completely integrated the Atelier’s architecture in his work by veiling it in plastic. The transparency and fluidity created by this installation in the space offered moments of visual poetry.

Bill Jenkins is a BFA graduate of San Francisco Art Institute (2003), and holds his MFA from Berkeley University (2007).

He exhibited his work in 2017 at the Capital Gallery in San Francisco, Substation 8. He exhibited in 2016 in Warsaw, Poland, the Stereo Gallery, Substation 6. In 2015, Jenkins exhibited his project Portland Apertures at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (Kristan Kennedy, curator), and in collaboration with Chadwick Rantanen, Honeydew, at Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles. He also exhibited in 2014 and 2012 at Laurel Gitlen Gallery, New York.

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