ART & DESIGN

Jennifer Guidi: Star Material

This young artist is digging deep and stirring things up.


For years, Jennifer Guidi was making realist paintings—of flowers or palm trees set against the skyline—that, in retrospect, she says, “were not very satisfying.” Then, a few years ago, she began to experiment with sand, eventually swirling it into oil paint to create the intricate abstractions that have now become her calling card. “I wanted to make the surface a little rough,” says the artist, who lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the painter Mark Grotjahn. “It was really a textural thing.” Guidi, 42, grew up somewhat nomadically: Her father’s country club jobs took the family all over Southern California, including to the then-sleepy inland city of Palm Desert, now associated with Coachella cool. But it was recent vacations to Kauai and Morocco—not wandering the desert as a child—that inspired Guidi to deploy sand in the studio. “Everyone who really responds to the work talks about playing with sand at the beach,” she says. “Everyone understands what that feels like.”

Guidi’s Untitled (Field #10 Black & White), 2014. Courtesy of artist.

Star Material

“Everyone who really responds to the work talks about playing with sand at the beach.” -Jennifer Guidi. Read more from this up-and-coming artist here. Photograph by Ramona Trent.

Guidi’s Untitled (Field #10 Black & White), 2014. Courtesy of artist.

“The art objects have a sort of aliveness to them. They change the sonics of the room, and it maybe becomes a little more immersive.” -Kevin Beasley. Read more from this up-and-coming artist here.

Photographer: Biel Parklee

Beasley’s Katies’, 2014. Courtesy of Jen Vong.

“No rules,” says Lena Henke of her practice. “For fun, I work.” Read more from this up-and-coming artist here.

Photographer: Biel Parklee

Installation view of Henke’s Geburt und Familie, 2013. Courtesy of artist and Galerie Parisa Kind.

“Things overlap. It’s just a fact of existence.” -Sebastian Black. Read more from this up-and-coming artist here.

Sebastian Black’s Big Green, 2013. Courtesy of Clearing gallery.

Installation view of Black’s Period Piece (Partition) 2 and Edible Manhattan, 2013. Courtesy of Clearing gallery.

“I don’t have any connection to anything I make.” -Ryan Estep. Read more from this up-and-coming artist here.

Courtesy of the artist.

Installation view of Untitled Iron Oxide, Soap, Lemons, 2014. Courtesy of Ellis King Gallery, Dublin.

“The place where the thing gets fucked up—that’s the moment of beauty.” – Will Boone. Read more from this up-and-coming artist here.

Portrait by Stephanie Boone.

Boone’s Soldier, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Karma.

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