Jackie Gendel depicts characters amidst vivid, enigmatic dramas. Gendel carries the narrative forward by poignantly hinting at scenes that are culled from historically vagrant storylines. In sitting rooms, salons and summer gardens; at picnics, rendez- vous and soirees, at times a noir-like drama unfolds, revealing. There is a sense of celebration of femininity and beauty yet the genders of the figures often slip and morph within the same character.
Gradually the paintings change and the scenes become increasingly abstracted as Gendel lets us know that the identities of her subjects are in a constant flux. Eyes and figures appear in multiple, hover in transparent overlays, are obscured in wide brushstrokes, or at times are dropped completely leaving just an after-image or silhouette. Gendel constructs elements that depict scenes in a non-sequential, dream-like way, ruminative, melancholic.
Jackie Gendel was born in 1973 in Houston, TX and lives and works in New York. Gendel’s work has been exhibited throughout the USA with solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey, New York; Bryan Miller, Houston; CTRL Gallery, Houston; David Castillo, Miami; Moti Hasson, New York; Mixture Contemporary Art, Houston; Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn. Group exhibitions include: On Stellar Rays, New York; Regina Rex, New York; Artists Space, New York; Apex Art, New York; Guild and Greyshkul, New York; American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; White Columns, New York, among many others. Her paintings are included in several prestigious public and private collections including the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art and The Progressive Collection, and have been featured in such publications as Art in Ameri- ca, ArtForum, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.
Gendel received her MFA from Yale University in 1998 and BFA from Washington University in 1996. She was awarded the Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2007; the Richard Dixon Welling Prize from Yale University in 1998 where she was a Norfolk Teaching Fellow; and the Milovich Award at Washington University in St. Louis, MO where she was an Eliot Scholar. Gendel was selected for Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program, New York (2010); University of Tennessee Residency, Knoxville and The Fountainhead Residency, Miami (2008).