Geary is pleased to present Jennifer Rochlin’s Super Bloom, a presentation of new ceramic vessels accompanied by a single painting.
Rochlin, a trained painter working in hand-built ceramics, strings together a band of imagery on her coiled pots to reveal sensual, vivid paintings in the round. Among her cast of characters are P22, the mountain lion immortalized for living alongside Los Angeles’s Hollywood side, young tinder hook ups, Bethany Hamilton, a famed child surfer who lost her arm to a shark, and Bruce Lee. These ultra-specific references, intermingled with supplemental imagery such as native Californian flora, depict a striking and intimate narrative of Rochlin’s home, life, role models, and heroes. The title of the exhibition, Super Bloom, adds further context to this story, referring to Southern California’s current abundance of blossoming wildflowers. In the painting, the borders of a rug contain Rodin’s “The Kiss” as it is being populated by overgrown poppies and native plants suggesting the passing of time and the memory of desire.
Jennifer Rochlin was born in Baltimore, Maryland and lives in Los Angeles, California. She received a Master of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999, participated in an exchange at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany in 1998, and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1991. One-person exhibitions of her work have been presented at venues such as Lefebrvre & Fils, Paris France (2018); The Pit, Los Angeles, CA (2018), Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA (2007) Rochlin’s work has been featured in thematic exhibitions and two person shows such as Paintings and Pots, The Green Gallery,Milwaukee, WI (2018) Jennifer Rochlin/Gene Moreno, Institute of Visual Arts (INOVA), University of Milwaukee, (2007), Home Show, Revisited, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA (2011); Open Daybook, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA (2011); MKE-LAX, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI (2012); Venice Beach Biennial, in conjunction with Made in LA, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and Venice, CA (2012); Sculptures, 356 Mission, Los Angeles, CA (2013); Machine Project Guide to the Gamble House, Gamble House, Pasadena, CA (2014); Sex Pot, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA (2016); and The Brightsiders, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA (2017). Rochlin is the recipient of the Individual Artist Grant from the Belle Foundation (2015) and the Durfee Foundation ARC grant (2007).