“On a Scale from Not Really OK to Really Not OK” addresses social anxiety and the mutually uncomfortable extremes that Jennifer Dalton perceives our culture as vacillating between, such as guilt vs. resentment, fairness vs. loyalty, validation vs. iconoclasm, manic vs. depressive, loser vs. pig. Viewers are invited to engage in these dialogues by interacting with elements of the exhibition. This exhibition continues Dalton’s explorations of social interaction and cultural values, and her ongoing accumulation of aggregate findings that she reflects back to the viewer.
In each of her works Dalton measures self-worth and cultural value in dichotomies, paradoxes, arbitrary hierarchies or sliding scales. In Dalton’s view, opposing values, emotions and attributes exist not in balance but in constant asymmetrical flux. She has manufactured her own subjective taxonomies to make sense of herself and the outside world and invites viewers to participate and implicate themselves within the show by choosing between opposing dichotomies in a variety of ways.
Jennifer Dalton is a visual artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. In her drawings, sculptures and installations she excavates, organizes and evaluates cultural information according to her own personal criteria. Her subjects are often chosen in an attempt to test a hypothesis or to dissect a chip on her own shoulder.
Jennifer earned a BA in Fine Art from UCLA and an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She received a Pollock/Krasner Foundation grant in 2002 and a Smack Mellon Studio Fellowship for 2005-2006. Her work has been discussed in Artforum, ArtNEWS, Art + Auction, Art in America, Flash Art, Modern Painters, New York Magazine, the New York Times, and The Washington Post, among other publications. Her work has most recently been exhibited at Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX; Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY; Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany; and The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY.