Much of Jackie Gendel’s recent work makes contradictory use of two of modernity’s most common conventions of image production: serial repetition of form and the sequential image of narrative. She employs both, using them simultaneously to unfold the implied relationship between narrative time and painterly process. Gendel’s early work derived from her background in underground comics, a medium of “sequential image” storytelling, which she drew in the late ’90s for an upstart feminist webzine for teenage girls.
Gendel received her BFA in 1996 from Washington University, St. Louis, MO and her MFA in 1998 from Yale University, New Haven, CT. Recent solo exhibitions of her work have been shown at the Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York City, Loyal Gallery in Malmö, Sweden and Bryan Miller Gallery in Houston, TX. Her work is included in the collections of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT and the Progressive Collection and has been written about in Art in America, Artforum, The New York Times and The New Yorker. The American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded Gendel an Academy Award in Art in 2007. She lives and works in Brooklyn.