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Room X at Bortolami Gallery is pleased to present “Piece of blue and other proxies” an installation of new work by artist Kristen Jense n.  A small neck vase\, a spill\, and a bottle of beer are some of the obje cts laid out for the viewer that fluctuate between representation and abstr action. The artist’s desire for control and perfection is challenged by bot h the unpredictability of the medium and the traces of the artist’s body. T his tension is reflected in the flaws\, cracks\, and subtle finishes that t ransform everyday objects into things both pathetic and poetic.

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A t ext written by Rebecca Armstrong:

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“Kristen Jensen’s objects express a kind of fragile longing\, a physicality at once delicate and persistant. I am never tempted to imagine their origins but instead their subjectiviti es. They form a kind of communion with one another\, which\, if I am not we lcomed in\, I am welcomed to empathize with. Despite their tenderness\, the y are not hesitant or uncertain\; they are definite\, though what they are definite about could be uncertainty\, a balance between being crushed and c rushing. I don’t miss the romance of crushes\, either. The tenderness of th ese objects is similar to the raw feeling one has with a crush\, an overwhe lming vulnerability that is somehow private while still being visible.”

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Kristen Jensen was born in 1976 in Glens Falls\, New York. Sh e lives and works in Brooklyn\, NY.

DTEND:20121027 DTSTAMP:20140921T033108 DTSTART:20120914 GEO:40.7463193;-74.0067752 LOCATION:Bortolami Gallery\,520 W 20th Street \nNew York\, NY 10001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Piece of blue and other proxies\, Kristen Jensen UID:240480 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR