J P 제피 

J P 제피 

Born: 1976, Astoria, OR

Biography and Information

J P 제피 (b. 1976) uses string and cloth throughout their practice. These pieces are from the series Odds & Ends or 잔재 (jan-jae) which translates to remnant or discard in Korean. Saving remnants since s(he) was a child, J P 제피 has always found beauty in discarded bits and sees these as a metaphor for how people living in the margins are often discarded by society. In Odds & Ends, the artist transforms discarded scraps into vibrant compositions with thready edges that symbolize breaking out of the box. 

J P 제피 (s(he)/(he)r, he/him, they/them) is a bicultural and bigender multidisciplinary artist most known for their sculptural string artworks. The artist incorporates community, social practice, ceremony, sound, folk songs, sculpture, site-specific installation, works on paper, and performance into (he)r practice. He was named one of the 12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now in 2022 and was awarded the Artists at Work residency in the Borderlands Region. Their work has been presented at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, and the Cornell Art Museum. Currently, s(he) is included in the inaugural exhibition, Shadow and Light, at the Vladem Contemporary in Santa Fe.   J P 제피 lives and works in Albuquerque, NM.

Small pieces of wood, scraps of paper, discarded cloth. I have boxes and boxes of remnants from my art practice that I reuse and integrate into new works. Our systems and social structures do not value the leftovers, the discards, and the remnants. People on the margins are treated this way too. I see beauty in the small bits and fragments and hope for a world in which more of our fragmentation and discards can be honored for their inherent value. — J P 제피

MLIS, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

BFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Solo and Two–Person Exhibitions
나의 형체 (This is the Shape of Me), Kouri + Corrao Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

And the Unseen Colors Erupt, SLATE Contemporary Gallery, Oakland, CA

New and Recent Work, Gallery FRITZ, Santa Fe, NM

Tethered Reflections, Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX

Women in the Arts Solo Exhibition, McCray Gallery, WNMU, Silver City, NM

Resonant Fragments, Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX

Irregularities, Durango Art Center Art Library, Durango, CO

UnQuiet Chroma, Taylor de Cordoba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Subsuming Chaos, Fort Lewis College Art Gallery, Durango, CO

Thought Forms, 301 Bocana Gallery, San Francisco, CA

New Work, Pulliam Deffenbaugh, Portland, OR

Extrusions, Sarah Lee Artworks and Projects, Santa Monica, CA
ThreadWorks, Ampersand, San Francisco, CA

r o y g b p, Gallery 364 Hayes, San Francisco, CA

Group Exhibitions
Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Shadow and Light, New Mexico Museum of Art Vladem Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Roots: Korean Diaspora, Aborn Gallery, Providence, RI

Toy Music Festival, Performative sculpture, Seoul, South Korea
Wo/Manhouse 2022, Through the Flower, Belen, NM
12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now, Southwest Contemporary & Pie Projects, Santa Fe, NM

(Re)Opened, KOURI + CORRAO, Santa Fe, NM

Constellations, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
Alcoves 2020, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
Harmonies in Color, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA

Not Your Muse, Liz Lidgett Gallery + Design, Des Moines, IA

Contact: Local to Global, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM

Future Fabrication: International Exhibition in Print, Surface Design, Winter

Unfolding the Process, Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX
Fabricated, Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach, FL

Trifecta, exhibit by aberson, Tulsa, OK
The World is Flat Not Round, PHILSPACE, Santa Fe, NM

Juried Exhibition-in-Print, New American Paintings: West No. 108
Perception: Color, Line, Pattern, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO

Recrafting History, Taylor de Cordoba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Natural Cycles, Art in the Forest at Tryon Creek State Park, Portland, OR
Blurring the Line: the Art of Thread, Pulliam Deffenbaugh, Portland, OR

Juried Exhibition-in-Print, New American Paintings: Pacific Coast No. 73

Momentum, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

Conceptual Craft: The Art of Textile & Fabric, RPS Collective, Oakland, CA
Introductions, Pulliam Deffenbaugh, Portland, OR

Common Thread, Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

Commissions and Public Art
7/S Denver Haus, Denver, CO
AC Biltmore Hotel, Phoenix, AZ
Albemarle, Charlotte, NC
Bernal Hill Project: Thought Form, San Francisco, CA
Capital One, Plano, TX
Fine Art Collection, United States Embassy permanent collection, Accra, Ghana
Lenox Boardwalk, Austin, TX
Marriot Marquis, Atlanta, GA
Ocean Beach Project: Duneweed, San Francisco, CA
Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), Los Angeles, CA
Undisclosed Tech Company, Los Lunas, NM
UTSW Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Awards and Residencies
2024-25 Urban Enhancement Trust Fund Artist Resiliency Residency, Albuquerque, NM
2022-23 Artists at Work, Borderlands Region, Albuquerque, NM

My Jender is Tree, Pechakucha Night, Vol. 15: Perception, Nov 10
Stephanie Fairyington, The artist J P (formerly Jen Pack) brings her history and work into a den in Judy Chicago’s Wo/Manhouse 50 years later, Oprah Daily, Nov
s(he), (he)r, we: An exquisite-corpse style proposal for a dialogue on inter-being, The Brooklyn Rail, Sharon Mizota and Jen Pack, Jul/Aug issue
12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now in 2022, Southwest Contemporary Field Guide
A solo show that utilizes thread to create lines of color, some obvious and others more subtle, David Graver, Cool Hunting, May 23

Jacqueline Hirsh Greene, Review: Jen Pack,  gallery FRITZ, Apr 9
David Behringer, Incredible Objects From Armory Art Fair Week 2020, Design Milk, Mar 25

Robin Miller, Jen Pack’s installation for the Louisiana Art & Science Museum is a ‘Chromatic Chorus’ in thread, The Advocate, Sept 23

Jen Pack’s Fabric Sculpture at Carneal Simmons Contemporary, Modern Dallas TV, Episode 124, Oct 3
Jen Pack: Resonant Fragments at Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art, Todd Camplin Weekly, Modern Dallas, Sept 29

Deianira Tolema, Jen Pack: Undisputed Queen of Fabric Art at Exhibit by Aberson,  Arte Fuse, June 4
Appropriation and Authenticity: An Artist’s Assessment, Jen Pack, Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, vol 13, issue 3
David Holub, Durango artist’s unique artwork, The Durango Herald, Jan 7

Rachel Crabb, 50 Shades of Chiffon, American Craft Magazine, Aug/Sept issue
Larissa Greer, Jen Pack’s Fabric-on-Frame Installations, Beautiful Decay, Jul 14

Ellen Caldwell, UnQuiet Chroma at Taylor de Cordoba, NAP Blog, Nov 6

Ellen Caldwell, Fabrications with Jen Pack, New American Paintings Blog, Sept 7

Tryon Creek Installation, Oregon Art Beat, Oregon Public Broadcast, Apr 23

Bob Hicks, Blurring the Line: the Art of Thread, The Oregonian, Sept 18

Leah Ollman, Stitched Works: Tangled Threads, LA Times, Aug 19
Barbara Morris, Jen Pack and Philippe Jestin at Ampersand, Artweek, Mar issue

Press Release
2024 at Richard Levy Gallery