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Jen Bervin
Brooklyn, NY

The Desert
Machine sewing on digital print
8.25" x 10" x 2.5"


Jen Bervin's work brings together text and textile in a practice that encompasses poetry, archival research, artist books, and large-scale art works. Current research for her Creative Capital project, The Silk Poems includes consulting nanotechnology and biomedical labs, medical libraries, and over fifty international textile archives and sericulture museums. She is also completing a 230 ft. installation for a ceiling, River, a geocentric scale model of the Mississippi River in hand-sewn silver sequins. Selected exhibitions include Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, Canada, Threads at The Center for Book Arts in New York, and Text/Messages at the Walker Art Center. Her work has also been shown at The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Temple Contemporary in Philadelphia, Gridspace in Brooklyn, EFA Project Space in New York, The Kohler Art Center, The Soap Factory, The Wright Exhibition Space in Seattle, and The Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. Bervin's artist books include The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems with Marta Werner (Granary Books 2012 deluxe, Christine Burgin/New Directions 2013 trade), The Dickinson Composites (Granary Books 2010), The Desert (Granary Books 2008). Her work resides in more than thirty special collections including The J. Paul Getty Museum, The British Museum, Yale University, Stanford University, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, and the Library of Congress. Her other books include Nets (Ugly Duckling Presse 2004), poems sought out within a palimpsest of Shakespeare's sonnets, A Non- Breaking Space, The Red Box, and Under What Is Not Under. Bervin has earned degrees from The School of the Art Institute in Chicago in visual art and in poetry from the University of Denver. She has taught at Harvard University, NYU, Pratt Institute, Poets House, and has been a visiting artist at many places including Brown University, Columbia University, Mills College, York University, The University of the Arts, University of Oregon, Göteborgs Universitet (Sweden), and L'École Polytechnique (France). She has received fellowships in art and writing from The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The MacDowell Colony, Visual Studies Workshop, The Camargo Foundation, and Creative Capital. Bervin teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Art and lives and works in Brooklyn.

Jen Bervin's work appeared in the following exhibition(s) organized by The Center for Book Arts
Threads: Interweaving Textu[r]al Meaning
 Organized by: Lois Morrison, Artist and Independent Curator; and Alexander Campos, Executive Director of The Center for Book Arts.
The Desert
(2008) Machine sewing on digital print

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