Andrea Jensen // Max Barnewitz & Josh Graham


Andrea Jensen, Storms

Jensen explores the cultural disconnect that lies between understanding our relationship with the natural environment and our drive toward economic prosperity. She is curious about our seemingly insatiable material desires, which have led to the very consumption of the natural environment. Poetry has been lost, replaced with rational thinking. Lost also are the subtleties of the human experience, and forgotten are the scarred landscapes around us. How can we cultivate mindfulness to become more aware of our environment? Jensen approaches the act of painting as a restorative process. The paintings are constructed of recycled material, and the painting/assemblage process is done in the spirit of connectedness with our environment, thereby attempting to regenerate and to reinvent our relationship with the landscape. It is her conviction that this is the foremost battlefield of our time.

Andrea Jensen was born in Illinois to a large Midwest farming family, it was here that Andrea found inspiration for art. Her work is intricately tied to the landscape; its use, misuse and the individual’s sense of place within it. Receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa in 2002, Andrea worked as an elementary art teacher, and climbing instructor in Boulder, Colorado before pursuing her MFA at the University of Arizona. She was featured in the MFA Annual of New American Paintings. Her work has been shown nationally including Hous Projects in New York City, Gallery 19 in Chicago and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.

Max Barnewitz & Joshua Graham, The Animal That Therefore I Am

The Animal That Therefore I Am asks us to reimagine the boundaries between human and animal. This exhibition, named after the lectures of Jacques Derrida, uses scavenged and gleaned materials to dissolve these and other boundaries. The works in this collection examine Derrida’s assertions, shaping a place for critical response – both hybrid and chimerical – to the constructs of art, nature, and the boundaries we navigate in these environments. The collection asks viewers to decenter the human experience and emancipate the animal from the confines of its limiting socio-linguistic label. While we cannot speak for them, we can explore narrative spaces that do not belittle or patronize more-than-human-animals. Rather, this exhibition asks us to look for the ways the animal looks back.

Max Barnewitz (they/them/theirs) is a nonbinary writer, comics scholar, and zine maker based in Salt Lake City, UT. Max earned their M.A. in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Utah in 2016. Their research interests include comics, queer theory, ecocriticism, and posthumanism. Max currently works as an outreach coordinator for Salt Lake City’s Sustainability Department. They also serve on the organizing committees for the Grid Zine Festival and Queer Spectra Arts Festival. Their critical writing on comics and art appears in and local performance journal, loveDANCEmore.

Joshua Graham is a Salt Lake City based artist and educator. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Utah, where he teaches in both the College of Fine Art as well as the College of Undergraduate Studies. He received his formal art training from the Arts Students League of New York, Brigham Young University, and most recently, the University of Utah, earning a master’s degree in fine art and community-based art education. He currently maintains a studio at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in his position as Artist-in-Residence, a year-long appointment.


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