J. Wren Supak

about: Born Virginia Beach, USA. Wren is an abstract artist. She paints because of its physicality and works in digital formats depending on the project. She has exhibited in major cities and events, including Art Basel-SCOPE Miami, the Mini Video Art Fest in Budapest, Bogota, Canada, Chicago, Minneapolis, and NYC. She has had the opportunity to share her scholarship widely, including at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum on the role of art in peacemaking, the College Art Association, and the Museum Innovation Forum. She is a Hubert H Humphrey Public Leadership Scholar and was a 2015 International Artist in Residence at the Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest.  Wren is the Gallery Director and Curator at Mattie Kelly Art Center, Northwest Florida State College. Master of Fine Art Visual Art Vermont College of Fine Arts, Master of Art & Public Affairs, Humphrey School of Public Affairs & College of Liberal Arts and Fine Arts, University of Minnesota

Amnesia Time at Budapest’s Mini Video Art Festival, 2021

Pull, November 20-January 3, 2021, curated by Jill Conner of AS Studios NYC|Paris.  “17 abstract paintings that explore the nature of gravity as it interacts with paint and surface materials. Across each surface, Supak introduces multiple shades of color through a very limited number of applications. Traces and echos balance equally while silhouettes of negative space begin to form. The artist’s rendering of subtle layers, through either the application of powdered pigment or sand, creates a sense of depth that leads to the experience of perception, recognition, and representation. Supak’s varied combinations of color expand further and examine the way that objects and figures seek new form while anchored to the serendipitous.” — Curator, critic, Jill Conner, 2020

Soft time University of Minnesota Physicians Mill City Clinic Gallery (across from the Guthrie Theater.) 901 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Exhibition: July 12, 2019- October 25, 2019. Hours: M-F 8-5, Saturday 8-12. Reception: September 12, 2019, 5:30-7:30pm. An exhibition of ten paintings, half of them new. Curated by Donna Bruni Cox. 

First We Removed our Shoes, a painting on view since 2017 at the Tychman Shapiro Gallery, second-floor installation, in Sabes Jewish Community Center, Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Originally commissioned/organized by the University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center, and curated by the Tychman Shapiro Gallery Art Director, Robyn Awend for a 2017 exhibition in [RE]Telling, Contemporary Responses to Artist Fritz Hirschberger with comments from Yad Vashem’s, then lead curator.

Body of Water, a digital painting, included in the Hungarian Mini Video Art Festival and on view at MAMŰ Galéria, Damjanich u. 39, 1071, Budapest, Hungary. Curated by Beata Szechy, Director of Hungarian Multicultural Center, Budapest, Hungary. On view: Summer 2019

Talk to me! jwrensupak@gmail.com