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Jennifer Guidi

Jennifer Guidi, The Priestess (Green and Light Green MT, Green Sand SF #1T, Green Ground), 2018 Sand, acrylic, and oil on linen, 66 × 76 inches (167.6 × 193 cm)© Jennifer Guidi

Jennifer Guidi, The Priestess (Green and Light Green MT, Green Sand SF #1T, Green Ground), 2018

Sand, acrylic, and oil on linen, 66 × 76 inches (167.6 × 193 cm)
© Jennifer Guidi

About

Colors charge us externally and internally. I translate these colors into works every day. On an intuitive level, I am guided by the colors in nature.
—Jennifer Guidi

Light and color pervade every aspect of Jennifer Guidi’s work. The Los Angeles artist’s radiant, mandala-like paintings are marked by tonal and chromatic shifts that operate in concert with richly textured surfaces. The effect echoes natural phenomena and undergirds a powerful archetypal symbolism. Guidi mixes sand into her paints—she uses both oils and acrylics—to produce immersive abstract compositions that borrow from the pared-down structures of Minimalism while evoking ancient theories of energy and perception.

Born in Redondo Beach, California, Guidi received a BFA from Boston University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. On moving to Los Angeles, she was immediately struck by the city’s distinctive hazy light and blocky 1950s architecture. Basing her early paintings on her own photographs of local domestic interiors, she became increasingly interested in the colors and textures of her subjects’ walls. Following a 2012 visit to Morocco, she began to pursue a more abstract approach, drawing inspiration from the heavy stitching and irregular undersides of the country’s handmade rugs. She made her first abstract “dot paintings” that year, applying small dabs of white paint to black grounds.

Guidi began incorporating sand into her panels in 2013, using sticks found on the beach in Hawaii as simple mark-making tools. She then developed a system of underpainting in which she first applies a thick layer of sand to the surface of the canvas; while this is still wet, she makes marks with a dowel in controlled and repetitive movements, often adding sand and paint along the edges of the divots. The result of this intensely physical process is a hypnotic swirl of saturated color that is at once contemporary and timeless, prompting consideration of the diversity of cultural and corporeal meanings that have been assigned to shape and pattern.

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Fairs, Events & Announcements

Jennifer Guidi: Heliocentric (Hong Kong: Gagosian, 2018)

Online Reading

Jennifer Guidi
Heliocentric

Jennifer Guidi: Heliocentric is available for online reading from April 22 through May 21 as part of Artist Spotlight: Jennifer Guidi. Her first exhibition with Gagosian, Heliocentric featured fourteen luminous paintings with surfaces that oscillate between color and texture. Images of these works, as well as installation views of the exhibition, are accompanied by an essay by Stuart Krimko in this accompanying publication.

Jennifer Guidi: Heliocentric (Hong Kong: Gagosian, 2018)

Photo: Brica Wilcox

Artist Spotlight

Jennifer Guidi

April 22–28, 2020

Light and color pervade every aspect of Jennifer Guidi’s work. The Los Angeles artist’s radiant, mandala-like paintings are marked by tonal and chromatic shifts that operate in concert with richly textured surfaces. Mixing sand into oils and acrylics, she produces immersive abstract compositions that borrow from the pared-down structures of Minimalism while evoking a powerful archetypal symbolism.

Photo: Brica Wilcox

Still from “The Afghan Carpet Project”

Video

The Afghan Carpet Project
Lisa Anne Auerbach, Liz Craft, Meg Cranston, Francesca Gabbiani, Jennifer Guidi, Toba Khedoori

For The Afghan Carpet Project, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles invited six artists, including Jennifer Guidi, to travel to Afghanistan to learn about the history and process of hand-weaving carpets and then to create designs to be produced by Afghan weavers. The project was initiated by the nonprofit organization AfghanMade, along with carpet producer Christopher Farr, Inc., with proceeds benefiting Arzu Studio Hope. This video provides an account of the project, including interviews with the participating artists and footage from their trip to Kabul and Bamiyan in March 2014, as well as views of the resulting carpets displayed at the Hammer Museum.

Still from “The Afghan Carpet Project”

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Museum Exhibitions

Jennifer Guidi, Eclipse (Painted Mandala Mountain SF #1A, Black Sand, Blue, Yellow, Purple, Red), 2017 © Jennifer Guidi

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One Day at a Time
Manny Farber and Termite Art

October 14, 2018–March 11, 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
www.moca.org

Inspired by American painter and film critic Manny Farber and his legendary underground essay “White Elephant Art vs. Termite Art” (1962), One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art featured approximately thirty artists and more than one hundred works of painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, and sound dating from the 1950s to the present. Work by Jennifer Guidi and Jonas Wood was included.

Jennifer Guidi, Eclipse (Painted Mandala Mountain SF #1A, Black Sand, Blue, Yellow, Purple, Red), 2017 © Jennifer Guidi

Jennifer Guidi, Becoming the Mountain (Painted White Sand SF #1F, White and Yellow), 2016 © Jennifer Guidi

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Generations Part 1
Female Artists in Dialogue

February 22–June 30, 2018
Sammlung Goetz, Munich
www.sammlung-goetz.de

Sammlung Goetz celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2018 with a three-part exhibition dedicated to artistic creations by women. On display were nearly two hundred works by more than forty artists in an intergenerational dialogue. Generations Part 1 focused on the appropriation of ordinary materials and practices rooted in advertising and design. Work by Ellen GallagherKatharina Grosse, and Jennifer Guidi was included.

Jennifer Guidi, Becoming the Mountain (Painted White Sand SF #1F, White and Yellow), 2016 © Jennifer Guidi

Installation view, Jennifer Guidi: Visible Light/Luce Visibile, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy, July 1–September 24, 2017. Artwork © Jennifer Guidi

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Jennifer Guidi
Visible Light/Luce Visibile

July 1–September 24, 2017
Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy
www.museidigenova.it

Visible Light/Luce Visibile, at Villa Croce, was the first solo museum exhibition by Jennifer Guidi. Painted in spectral tones evoking the colors of the rainbow, the new body of work on view continued the artist’s investigation of light, color, and energy. To create these paintings, Guidi used a system of underpainting in which she first applied a thick layer of sand to the surface of the canvas; while this was still wet, she made marks with a dowel in controlled and repetitive movements, often adding sand and paint along the edges of the divots.

Installation view, Jennifer Guidi: Visible Light/Luce Visibile, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy, July 1–September 24, 2017. Artwork © Jennifer Guidi

Installation view, Unpacking: The Marciano Collection, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, May 25–September 16, 2017. Artwork, left to right: © Albert Oehlen, © Christopher Wool

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Unpacking
The Marciano Collection

May 25–September 16, 2017
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
marcianoartfoundation.org

Unpacking: The Marciano Collection was the debut presentation of the collection’s holdings organized by Philipp Kaiser. The title and theme of the show were derived from Walter Benjamin’s essay “Unpacking My Library,” in which he discusses the chaotic potentiality inherent in unpacking and recontextualizing one’s collection. Work by Mark Grotjahn, Jennifer Guidi, Thomas Houseago, Alex Israel, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Sterling Ruby, Cindy Sherman, Franz West, Jonas Wood, and Christopher Wool was included.

Installation view, Unpacking: The Marciano Collection, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, May 25–September 16, 2017. Artwork, left to right: © Albert Oehlen, © Christopher Wool

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