the intelligence of things

Jessica Posner

Jessica Posner, Up To and Including, 2012, Performance, Duration spatially determined

Jessica Posner is a multi-disciplinary artist that employs feminist strategies to talk about relationships. Most frequently, she works in performance, sculpture, video, and public programming. Recent projects include performances which work to reframe gendered objects (high heeled shoes, a wedding dress, a bed) as objects of queer desire and agency; long-distance performances which seek to form vibrational connections to women across time and space via voice and the gaze; and sculptures which propose a feminist mythology located somewhere between the myth of Pygmalion and ectoplasm. Specifically, her work investigates and complicates the relationships between women's bodies, objects, and histories in an effort to to destabilize common understandings of femininity, desire, and subject/object relationships. Her work proposes a feminist, non-hierarchical platform for the formation of language, meaning, and experience. Trained in theatre and dance, she values the body as an important site of knowledge. Posner is part of the collaborative curatorial and artistic team behind Question for Revolution and Universal Brotherhood (NYC, 2012), a multimedia exhibition including four weeks of programming, performance, a collective mural, sculpture, and texts. She is also one third of BODY CLAMP, a collaborative performance proposal and practice of fully contingent sculpture within an economy of means.

Jessica Posner, Spell for Moving Melancholia, 2013, Video, 5 minute loop

Jessica Posner and Reena Katz, Whisper Translation, 2012, long distance performance between New York and Toronto with voice, custom chimes, two cell phones, guitar amplifier, pomegranates, water, silence, and sidewalks, 30 minutes

Jessica Posner, Dissilusioned Medea and Other Women Staring into Space, 2012, Performance proposal, durational

Jessica Posner, Tableaux for the Damaged but Highly Functional (Installation), 2013, Compression garments, gypsum polymer, found objects, plants, red onions, wood, steel, etc., center platform: 5 ft. 8 in. x 8 ft. x 4ft., corner dimensions variable.

Jessica Posner, Tableaux for the Damaged but Highly Functional:Lot's Wife, Marilyn, Martha, and Alla, 2013, Compression garments, gypsum polymer, salt block, cacti, yoga mat, yoga block, bra straps, bronze cup, floral foam, air plant, movie poster tube, wood, steel, etc., center platform: 5 ft. 8 in.x8ft.x4ft.,corner:5ft.7in.x3ft. 2ft.

Jessica Posner, Highly Functional: Eva and Juliette, 2013, Compression garments, bras, gypsum, pigment, feathers, velvet, applique, butterfly wings, red onion, wood, steel, etc., 5 ft. 8 in. x 8 ft. x 4ft.

Jessica Posner, Highly Functional: Eva and Juliette, 2013, Compression garments, bras, gypsum, pigment, feathers, velvet, applique, butterfly wings, red onion, wood, steel, etc., 5 ft. 8 in. x 8 ft. x 4ft.

Jessica Posner graduated summa cum laude from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University (2008) with a B.S. in Television, Radio, & Film; and a concentration in Sculpture. Recent exhibitions include “Question for Revolution and Universal Brotherhood” (2012) at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, NYC and “BODY CLAMP” (2013) at Katz's Deli in Santa Monica, CA. In March 2013, Posner presented at Gender Play, the inaugural International Gender Design Network (iGDN) conference.
Forthcoming exhibitions include What Pipeline in Detroit, MI and the mandrake in Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been exhibited at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA; Spark Contemporary Art Space in Syracuse, NY; Whistling Woods Film Institute in Mumbai, India; and Universität der Künste Berlin, UdK in Berlin, Germany. She is the recipient of two public sculpture commissions in Syracuse, NY, including Wigged Monument (2008), which was removed due to public controversy. From 2007-2010, Posner was project coordinator for the collaborative design/build projects Mobile Literacy Arts Bus and 601 Tully in Syracuse, NY.
Posner grew up in Columbia, SC. She lived in Syracuse, NY for seven years and currently resides in Brooklyn.