NYC Artist Jeremy Penn Unveils New Art at the UMMA
In 2017, The University of Michigan Museum of Art curated show titled "Victors for Art"; a two-part exhibition highlighting works from Pablo Picasso, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Barbara Kruger and many more.
Brooklyn-based artist Jeremy Penn was selected to take part in the exhibition which runs through 2017. Penn's painting MASTER was curated to exhibit next to an illuminated Rauschenberg. With the reflective nature of Penn's painting and the illumination of Rauschenberg's, the two paintings played harmoniously with each other, creating an environment of light and powerful juxtaposition.
"The second work that included a reflective surface is MASTER, a 2014 work by artist Jeremy Penn. This piece is made from “vintage erotica, spray paint, and mirror-finished stainless steel on panel.” The mirror-finished stainless steel is rectangular, with a black frame. In the center of the piece, the word “MASTER” is the only matte part of the image, and within the letters the artist has placed collaged “vintage erotica” from '40s, '50s, and '60s publications. This work is part of a larger series, Evolution & Ego, in which Penn explores the “sexual gaze” through the combination of the mirrored surface and the written text. Other works in the series are identical mirrored surfaces with words such as “Gaze,” “Hunt,” “Lust,” “Prey,” “Power,” “Evolve,” “Beast,” and “Tease.” Together and alone, the words chosen for this series provoke the viewer to consider the roles of power in sexual relationships. The word choice “Master” evokes an array of unsettling power dynamics. The experience of viewing this object presents the viewer with the option to imagine him/her/their self as a “Master.” This is perhaps one of the least unsettling options from the series. Would I want to stand in front of a mirrored surface with the word “Prey” emblazoned on it and imagine myself in that space? In this way, we become aware of the implications of the array of charged words Penn selects for his works." Source: Pulp