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January 12, 2011 / Claremont Art Events

Jennifer Vanderpool at Lenzner Gallery on January 27, 2011

I often say that all things come together in Claremont and it’s true.

I studied in Copenhagen when I was 20 years old and became very close to a woman named Jen Vanderpool. Over the years, as sometimes happens with old friends who live on different coasts, we lost contact. But when I moved to Claremont two years ago, guess who was scheduling an exhibit at one of the local college galleries? Jennifer Vanderpool. I’m happy to say that she’s become a brilliant artist with, not surprisingly, a huge following in Scandinavia.

Her latest collaboration opens at the Pitzer College Lenzner Gallery on January 27, from 5:00 to 8:00: “On opening night, an anthropomorphic sculpture will be created by the artists, Pitzer College students and local participants dressed in repurposed clothes, and material used in the installation symbolically representing the efforts of unseen laborers.” So wear your favorite vintage outfit & bring an old piece of clothing to add to the sculpture.

I’ve peeked in the gallery and can’t wait to enter the piece. Jen’s pieces are always beautiful and somewhat unsettling in their abundance of materials and femininity. I expect this piece to be a little darker and more overtly political, possibly because of her collaboration with James Gilbert.

Oh, and as if this weren’t enough to get you to the event, there’s a 2nd opening going on at the Pitzer Art Galleries at the same time:

“Euan Macdonald, a Scottish/Canadian Los Angeles-based artist, works in a variety of media—video, sculpture and drawing—producing deadpan and idiosyncratic works that defy immediate comprehension. Focusing on the everyday, he documents actions and events that at first glance appear ordinary and unspectacular, but on closer inspection reveal complex interrelations between individuals and disparate objects. Conceived in two parts, Macdonald’s most recent work KIMBALL 1901 –, made specifically for Pitzer Art Galleries, is comprised of a stop-motion animation on video and an edition of silk-screen printed anagrams.”

See you there.

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