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“I’m a flower and like all women am a part of mother nature. We have the power to heal everything in society. We can make the world a better place with our love and care.” -Blond Jenny 

Blond Jenny is a painter, photographer, and performance artist based in New York City. Her work is a mix of storytelling through her alter ego, cartoon character Blond Jenny, her self-portraits, found objects from nature, 360-degree photos, video, and lenticular photography. Her work talks about her life experiences, social evolution, and culture. 

Recent exhibits include Geumgang Nature Art Biennale; Block 2 Video Exhibition Artist Honorarium Raleigh, NC; Feminism Media Artivist Biennale Short Film Exhibit; Photography Department for Kathryn Markel Fine Arts; and MiraBan Art Showcase across Italy. Her work has also been selected by the following shows Hipster & Otaku Photography Exhibition CICA Museum; Trending: Contemporary Art Now Exhibition Target Gallery for the Women’s Caucus for Art; and Duality of Feminine and Feminist Exhibition Gallery 66.

“Blond Jenny’s relationship to nature is intimate, even erotic, in her self-portrait with purple freesias. Floral images have long been a stand-in for sexuality, but in Blond Jenny’s decoupaged panels are more explicit.” – Marilla Palmer

As a child growing up in Seoul, Korea, her parents didn’t let her play with dolls. She was in love with the doll-like blonde hair Japanese characters she saw on TV but never had the plastic toys that her schoolmates had. So, she drew her own characters then made cutouts of those drawings to play with in place of the dolls she couldn’t have. Her favorite character was Jenny, a blonde-haired cartoon with big eyes. Eventually, she made a mask and was able to become her own life-sized doll, Blond Jenny. She used her as a way to escape her fears and tell her stories.

Moving to New York in 2012 was the biggest decision of Blond Jenny’s life and she quickly became nostalgic for Korea. Since then her artwork has been a dichotomy between her memories of Korea and her new life in America. She uses both photography and painting to convey imagery that consists of true and false, reality and fiction.

Blond Jenny Origin  In 2006 I adopted the alias Blond Jenny (no “e”). It came from a cartoon character I watched as a child. The character’s name was Blonde Jenny (with an “e”) but when I decide on my name, I wanted it to have a different meaning.  In French blond and blonde correspond to masculine and feminine forms. This distinction is not consistently made in English. My Blond Jenny mask has one form but it can be worn by a woman or man. When I use my mask with long hair and a dress, people perceive me as a woman doll. If I wore a man’s outfit and short hair, people would see a man. I wanted to use my mask and my artistic experience to remove the limits of gender and increase my freedom of expression so I made my name blond (no “e”).

My recent work is focused on nature, women’s rights, and American politics. I use video and self-photography with mix media to expand the range of expression in my photography.  I started learning drawing and painting when I was in middle school and went on to receive my formal education in Fine Arts from Gachon University, South Korea. After my studies, I taught Korean Art History and Drawing at Gachon University then ran my own art institute and gallery before moving to the United States. I came here to pursue my artistic life and have been in New York for the last 7 years. Living here I have been fortunate to meet many artists including Karen Gutfreund and Priscilla Otani of the Women’s Caucus for Art community and Marilla Palmer who included me in her group show at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts gallery in Chelsea this past year. When I studied in Korea, I was lucky to learn about multimedia. I started with photography when I was in second grade. After that I explored painting, then video, and finally I made my Blond Jenny mask out of resin so I could use it to perform. The medium doesn’t matter to me. The most important things are the ideas and story that I want to share. Sometimes I take videos or capture a single image to use as a print. I also like to capture video clips of my process to tell a story. I continue to develop my techniques so I can challenge the boundaries of my expression. I like to explore new media and play with it as part of my overall story. Some of my favorite recent work uses flower petals. Working with dried flowers for me is a form of therapy. Using found objects from nature is a source of happiness. My intent is to show that with nature or flowers we can be more connected and happy. I have found freedom in nature and I continue to explore the path between life, death, and beyond.

Email  blondjennyny@gmail.com

Education 

Gachon University, Fine Arts, BFA & MFA, South Korea

BIENNALE

2018
The 8th Geumgang Nature Art Biennale 2018 Video Exhibition, Geumgang Nature Art Center, Gongju si, Korea
2016 
Feminism Media Artivist Biennale Short Film Exhibition, Igong Changjak house Shin, Seoul, Korea
ART FAIRS
2016 
Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong
2015
Padova Art Fair, Padova Italy
Clio Art Fair, New York
2014
Spectrum Miami Art Show, Florida
MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
2015
Nabi Museum of the Arts, New Jersey
2010
Seoul Museum, Korea
2005
Think think museum, Seoul Korea

AWARD EXHIBITIONS

2019

MiraBan Video Art Showcase, Milan, Italy
Block 2, Video Exhibition – Artist Honorarium, The city of Raleigh, North Carolina

2018
MiraBan Art Showcase, Circolo Aternino, Italy

MiraBan Art Showcase, Via Latina, Rome, Italy

RISE: Empower, Change, and Action,  Whitney Modern Gallery, CA

2017
Loss&Lucidity, SANTORA SPACE 205, Santa Ana, CA

Luminous, Juror Danielle Fox, Slate Contemporary Gallery, Oakland, Arc Gallery, San Francisco

Bushwick’s Seeking Space Show, Beyond Studios, New York

Me, My Selfie and I, Hudson Guild Gallery, New York

Super Woman, 107 Bowers Gallery, New Jersey

Duality of Feminine and Feminist, Juror Karen Gutfreund, Gallery 66, New York

2016
NCWCA-sponsored “F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way”,  Juror Shannon Rose Riley,  Arc Gallery, San Francisco

Call For Bushwick, The Internat, Juror: Benjamin Krause, Sandro Bos, I, Jeanne Brasile, Colin Darke,  and  John Seed, Brooklyn, New York

Vision: An Artist’s Perspective, Kaleid Gallery for the Gutfreund Cornett Art and UniteWomen.org exhibition, Juror: Suzanne Gray and Michelle Nye, San Jose,   CA

A Curious Reality: Exploring the Mythos of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, & Gaming,  Jurors: Aaron Miller & Mike Rea, Union Street Gallery, Chicago

Hipster & Otaku Photography Exhibition, CICA Museum, Gyeonggi-do Korea

Trending: Contemporary Art Now, Target Gallery for the Women’s Caucus for Art exhibition, Juror: Elizabeth K. Garvey, Virginia

2015
CICA Museum’s Contemporary Photography Exhibition, Gyeonggi-do Korea

Transforming: Street Objects from Your Street to Main Street. Brooklyn, New York

Digital display. Dreamers Collection Exposure Award, Louvre Museum, Paris France

Working Artists Show, Academic Gallery, New York

2014
The Dream by The Seed, Chashama Gallery, New York

1996
University art award, Bronze. Awarded by the Gungook University, Seoul Korea

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013 Berkeley Gallery, Manhattan, New York

2009 Charaple, Seoul Korea

2008 Charaple, Seoul Korea

2003 Brainfactory, Seoul Korea

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Loss & Lucidity Show, Fabrica Braco de Prata, Lisbon, Portugal

Pow(h)er show, Benjamin J. Dineen III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery, New Jersey

National WCA – Bridge the gap,  A.I.R. Gallery, New York

Woman’s Show, 107 Bowery Gallery, Jersey City

2018
The Hot House, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York

Power Ts 2018, Pierogi Gallery, New York

Eight – Year Anniversary Exhibition, Dacia Gallery, New York

WCA NYC’s Pleasures of the Earth,  Callahan Center Art Gallery, New York

Loss & Lucidity, Santora Space 205,  California

Kapow! Heroic Women Exhibition,  The  Pacific Pinball Museum,  California

2017
Multi-Lane II, Demouzy Contemporary Gallery, New York

Heroes Last Waltz International Group Show, Charaple Gallery, New York

Nasty Women,  Knockdown Gallery, New York

2016
Love Exhibition, Karas Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Potluck Art Party “Eat, Drink and Celebrate Art”, Charaple, New York

Six Years Anniversary Exhibition, Dacia Gallery, New York

Pop up show, K&P Gallery, New York

Engagement & Entrapment exhibition, Gaia Gallery, Seoul,  Korea

Landscapes & Cityscapes, Dacia Gallery, New York

2015
Salonukah, Trestle Gallery, New York

Artists Donate in record numbers for AIDS Exhibition, Compass, Miami Florida

Prize Mantovart-star 2015, Mantova Italy

Digital display, Dreamers Collection Spectrum Miami Art Show, Florida

Open Call, Lorimoto, New York

ARTichoke, Townhall, New York

MOCA Gallery Night at Yellow Rose Gallery, Madison Wisconsin

LoveWins show RCB Gallery, Miami Florida

Last Dance at the Old Gem, New York

The beautiful foundation USA Gala, Marriott At Glenpointe, New Jersey

Luhring Augustine, Postcards from The Edge, New York

SIA Gallery, The Artists, New York

2014
Who are you Famalicão?, The Town hall of Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal

ARTichoke, Townhall, New York

8 Holes, Studio 481 Gallery, Piermont, New York

8 Holes, Townhall, New York

Sainte Chapelle Online workshop, Italy

Making a Mark, Oms Gallery, BBCN Bank, New York

Green Point Gallery group exhibit, New York

2013
Group exhibit, Yegam Gallery, New York

2011
Pop Seiren, Ben James, Seoul Korea

Character Replay, Anthracite, Seoul Korea

2008
Final cross energy wave, Charaple, Seoul Korea

Benefit Show_ Brain Factory, Seoul Korea

2006
Street art Festival, Seoul Korea

Kyoungwon University Gallery, Seoul Korea

2005
The 7th Seoul Fringe Festival, Seoul Korea

Survival, Pool Gallery, Seoul Korea

2003
Sicaf, Seoul Korea

Seoul Animation Center, Seoul Korea

A4 Art for No War, Cafe Siwol, Seoul Korea