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Jessica Bronson : PCC Artist in Residence 2006

A native of New Mexico who now lives in Los Angeles, Jessica Bronson has gained international recognition for gallery installations that combine sculptural elements with video projections or other sources of moving images. Her work addresses a wide range of artistic issues, such as the social meanings of natural forms and the relationship between technology and language. Her installations also reflect her abiding interest in pop music, non-narrative "structuralist" films and scientific methodology. In the words of Los Angeles Times critic David Pagel, "her powerfully original works embrace entertainment as they set you to thinking about the relationship between consciousness and its surroundings."

Bronson's undergraduate education emphasized science: she studied biomedical engineering at Louisiana Tech University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in biochemistry, at the University of New Mexico. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. Bronson has exhibited her work in such far-flung locations as Auckland, New Zealand; Salzburg, Austria and Tokyo, Japan. She has held one-person shows at galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin and elsewhere, and her work has been featured in many museum exhibitions devoted to installation art, video art or art produced in California. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Freund Fellowship at the St Louis Art Museum and Washington University; a stint as Govett-Brewster Artist in Residence in New Plymouth, New Zealand; a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and the Citibank/MOCAE merging Artist Award. She is a member of the art faculty at California Institute of the Arts.

Jessica Bronson spent the week of March 13th through 17th on the Pasadena City College campus, during which she worked closely with PCC students and faculty, hosted classroom screenings and discussions, and presented a public lecture. She also created an exhibition in the PCC art gallery, which was on display from March 11 through April 15. For her PCC exhibition, Jessica Bronson produced a new moving image installation that used the rainbow as a means to investigate representation, cliche, technology and nature.

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Articles

To access the articles below you can click on the words 'Full text' to link directly to each article within the given databases. Off campus access to Library subscription databases is available to PCC Students, Staff and Faculty with a current IIN (or PCC Network ID) and Password (PIN). Public Patrons may access these databases from public computer stations located inside the library building.

  • Baker, Kenneth. "Video Artist Suggests a Trip to a Bar: Three works at New Langton Arts." San Francisco Chronicle 6  Oct. 2001, final ed.: C1. ProQuest. (Full text)
  • Heartney, Eleanor. "Jessica Bronson at CRG.”  Art in America Mar. 1999: 112.  ProQuest.  (Full text-PDF)

  • Ise, Claudine.  "Art Reviews; Cutting to (and Cutting Up) the Chase in 'World Picture.’" Los Angeles Times  18 Jan. 1999, home ed.: 36.  ProQuest. (Full text)
  • McGovern, Thomas.  “Jessica Bronson at Goldman Tevis.”  Artweek Nov. 2000: 21. (Paper copy available in the Shatford Library periodicals section, main floor).

  • Muchnic, Suzanne. “The Digital Evolution; Boot Up Those  Computers; Digital Technology Is Transforming Notions about What Art Can Be. Tools of the Trade Include DVDS, LEDs, and Custom Electronics. Suzanne Muchnic Introduces Some of the Leading Innovators Programming the Future.” Los Angeles Times  24 Apr. 2005, home ed.: E36. ProQuest. (Full text)
  • Pagel, David. "Art Review; 'Tilt' Stretches the Bounds of Time and Space.” Los Angeles Times 10  Oct. 2000, home  ed.: 6. ProQuest. (Full text)

Book

  • Fresh Cream: Contemporary Art in Culture: 10 Curators, 10 Writers, 100 Artists.   London:  Phaidon,  2000.  Location: Third Floor  709.04  F8


    Bibliography prepared by Rebecca Russo, 2006. Web edition by P. Johnson 2010.