Jennifer Vasher

Jennifer Vasher

Born: 1967, Indianapolis, IN

Biography and Information

Jennifer Vasher  is an interdisciplinary artist working with drawing, sculpture, and architectural installations. Her practice focuses on consumer culture as it relates to the beauty, cleaning, and pharmaceutical industries. In Power Pumps and Super Sprays, Vasher alters everyday disposable domestic containers to comment on mass consumerism and what the artist calls “the cult of cleanliness”. Pyrex flasks, pressure canisters, and spray pumps are warped, stretched, and embellished with 3D printed drips that allude to toxic petroleum found in many household products. She critiques the idea that cleanliness is a measure of goodness and highlights the wastefulness of consumer culture in the age of climate crisis. Vasher uses the colorful palette of common opioids.

Jennifer Vasher’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Transformer in Washington DC, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Albuquerque Art Museum, 516 Arts in Albuquerque, as well as École d’Art Claude Monet, Aulnay-sous-Bois, and Fondation d’entreprise in France.

We practice rituals of cleanliness ingrained by a cult of purity. Using industrial materials to mutate familiar forms, my work questions the environmental and social implications of commodified goodness.” —Jennifer Vasher

MFA, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
BFA, Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Ecoles des Beaux Arts, Paris, France

Solo Exhibitions
Living Arts Center, Tulsa, OK (Janaury 2022)

Power Pumps and Super Sprays: Weapons of the Anthropocene, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Plumerai, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Vignette of the Homeland Turf, Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

Peter’s Projects, Santa Fe, NM

Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France
Careful the Shelter You Choose, Transformer Gallery, Washington, DC
Tylenol Room, Site-specific installation for Pulse New York, New York, NY
Entitlement, The Past Is Never Dead and Buried, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

Bring It On!, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA 2007 Entitlement, The Past Is Never Dead and Buried, Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Mesa, AZ
Basile Gallery, Herron School of Art & Design, Indianapolis, IN Elasticity: protecting myself, from myself, Box Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Embody, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

Mira Costa College Art Gallery, Oceanside, CA
Pure Burkley (Vasher,) Pure Gallery, Taos, NM

Group Exhibitions
Lines, birds+Richard, Albuquerque/Berlin, Albuquerque, NM

A Table ! , l’Ecole d’art Claude Monet, Aulnay sous Bois, France
PlayThings,The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission Community Gallery
Reset, birds+Richard, Albuquerque/Berlin, Albuquerque, NM

Twelve Artists to Know Now, Southwest Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

From the Ground, Up: Design Here and Now, 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, NM
Coordinates, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

In Design, 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, NM

Facons D’Endormis Temps1, Fondation D’Enterprise Frances, Senlis, France
Forum Eugenio do Alemeida, Evora, Portugal
New Mexico Showcase, 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, NM

Trauma, Fondation D’Enterprise Francès, Senlis, Frances
Religion, SCG Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Now! Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Albuquerque, NM

Valley of the Dolls, Walter Maciel Gallery, Culver City, CA
GLOW, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Giving Shelter, 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, NM

You Were Never Here, Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
Bloc-Busta, College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

Transitions: Albuquerque Contemporary, Albuquerque Art Museum, NM

Pleasurework, Pomona Arts Center, Pomona, CA
Just Short, Raid Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA

Jenn Shapland, 12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now: Jennifer Vasher, THE Magazine, January 30

Kathryn Davis, Jennifer Vasher: Vignette of the Homeland Turf, ArtBeat Santa Fe, February 13
Michael Abatemarco, Jennifer Vasher at Axle Contemporary, Pasatiempo, Feb 9
Megan Bennett, Arts and Entertainment: Top Picks for the WeekAlbuquerque Journal / Journal North, February 9

Wes Pulkka, Local art show includes pinhole photos by former UNM professor, Venue, Albuquerque Journal, May 3

New Mexico Showcase, Pasatiempo, p.44, March 9-15

Keiko Ohnuma, Home is Where the Art is, Featured Artist, The Sandoval Signpost, June
The X Issue, Workingclass Magazine, February, p. 14

Janet Kaplos, Pulse Review (image), Art in America, May, p. 41
Alex Ross, Gimme Shelter, THE Magazine, March
Jillian Steinhauer, Pulse Installations Ask: Tired of White Bread?,, March 29

Zane Fisher, Jennifer Burkley: Elasticity: Protecting Myself from Myself, THE Magazine

Zane Fisher, Boxer Rebellion, Santa Fe Reporter, Nov. 12-18
Carol Cheh, Pleasurework, Art Papers, July / August

Zane Fisher, Holy Cow Masks and Sex toys, Batman!, The Santa Fe Reporter, Oct. 23-29

Rebecca Schoenkopf, ’Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone,’ Live fast die young and leave a pretty exhibit, OC Weekly, July 20-26
Vivian Letran, Worst-Case Scenarios Revisited, LA Times, July 11
Georgia Temple, Gallery 1114, Midland Reporter-Telegram, May
Sharon Denning, All Dolled Up, Odessa American, May 1
Tom Collins, projecting erotic desire, Journal North Santa Fe, Feb. 6
Richard Garriott-Stejskal, Bittersweet, Sponges, and Body Parts at The Harwood Art Center, Crosswinds, Feb. 15-22

Press Release
2021 Power Pumps and Super Sprays: Weapons of the Anthropocene at Richard Levy Gallery

2019 Plumerai at Richard Levy Gallery

2015 Coordinates at Richard Levy Gallery

2009 Glow at Richard Levy Gallery