Jessi Reaves: Artist Talk

Abstract tall white sculpture piece within a room with white walls and dark brown trim with other abstract art pieces around it.

Akari Quick Fix (2018) Akari Lamp (metal, paper, wood), metal, sawdust, wood glue, fabric and lamp hardware, 82" × 34" × 25.5". Installation View, Carnegie International, 57th Edition, October 13, 2018–March 25, 2019. © Carnegie Museum of Art, photo / Tom Little, courtesy the artist and Bridget Donahue, NYC

Jessi Reaves was born in 1986 in Portland, Oregon, and earned her B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI in 2009. Her practice centers on sculptures that also operate as furniture, rupturing traditional binaries of the functional and the aesthetic. Reaves' solo exhibitions include Going out in Style, Herald St, London, United Kingdom (2019); Jessi Reaves II, Bridget Donahue, New York, NY (2019); Kitchen Arrangement within The Domestic Plane: New Perspectives on Tabletop Art Objects, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2018); android stroll, Herald St, London, United Kingdom (2017); Jessi Reaves, Bridget Donahue, New York, NY (2016); Now Showing: Jessi Reaves, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY (2016). Recent group exhibitions include Slant Step Forward, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA (2019); Carnegie International, 57th Edition, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (2018); Ginny Casey and Jessi Reaves, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, PA (2017); Whitney Biennial 2017, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2017); and Looking Back: The 11th White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York, NY (2017) among others. In 2020-2021, Reaves' work will be exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, Texas in the forthcoming two-person exhibition Wild Life: Elizabeth Murray & Jessi Reaves

Jessi Reaves is the fall 2020 Teiger Mentor in the Arts.

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