27 x 33 inches
One warm summer afternoon as she dozed away in her den in the old oak tree, a Grasshopper nearby began a joyous but very raspy song. Out popped the old Owl's head from the opening in the tree that served her both for door and for window.
"Get away from here, sir," she said to the Grasshopper. "Have you no manners? You should at least respect my age and leave me to sleep in quiet."
(Aesop for Children, 1919)
Jennifer Nichols' This is Fresh Air. I’m Terry Gross features eleven paintings: eight modestly scaled works organized into a large grid, two larger scale works isolated on the attendant walls, and one smaller work. Ranging from simple washes of color and readymade stretched fabric works to more densely layered efforts, Nichols' paintings use the innate modularity of their overall compositions to extend beyond their individual limits, relating themselves both to each other and to the spaces around them.
The exhibition also includes a single poster, which presents a myriad of found texts and images suspended against a white ground. Arising from the artist's conversations with friends and intimates, the poster's contents use the theme of Aesop's fable "The Owl And The Grasshopper" (in which a singing insect is lured through flattery into the lair of an irritable bird of prey) to reflect upon painting's relation to gendered forms of looking and speaking. This tenuous relationship of the spoken voice to visual form is further pursued through the inclusion of a small portable radio in the gallery that will play NPR's Fresh Air daily during the hours of 7PM and 8PM (PST) on KPCC 89.3, a soundtrack that frequently accompanied the artist's daily labor upon the paintings themselves.
Jennifer Nichols received her BFA from Cornell University in 2006 and an MFA from The School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2012. A solo exhibition of her work was recently held at The First Church in Boston in 2012. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.