Jennifer López Ayala


born in Düsseldorf
2007— Fine Art Studies under Prof. Katharina Grosse, Prof. Helmut Federle and Prof. Siegfried
2015 Anzinger at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
2014 Master Student under Katharina Grosse


Collections (selection)
2015 PwC, Düsseldorf
2015 National-Bank AG, Essen
2015 von Rundstedt, Essen
2012 WGZ Bank Düsseldorf
2010 Neuss Municipal Art Collection

2016 Shortlist Aesthetica Art Prize
2015 Kunstförderpreis der Stadt Neuss (Neuss biennial art award)
2015 PwC Follow Up Art Award “Young Art From the Academy”
2015 PwC Follow Up Audience Award
2015 Nominee Setareh Future Masters Art Award
2015 Nominee Blooom Award
2010— Cusanuswerk government scholarship for academic excellence
2015 Nominee Förderpreis Junge Positionen NRW
2014 Nominee Blooom Award
2014 Nominee von Rundstedt Kunstförderpreis

Exhibitions (selection)
2016 Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2016, York St. Mary’s, York, UK
2016 Broken Light (Solo exhibition), Düsseldorf Photo Weekend, Düsseldorf
2015 Secret Santa, Contemporary Pop Ups Gallery, Düsseldorf
2015 68th annual exhibition, Municipal Gallery Alte Post, Neuss
2015 Heartwork 2015, Christie’s Charity Auction, Kunstsammlung NRW, K21, Düsseldorf
2015 It’s more like an elevatorWERKSCHAU Halle 12, Spinnerei, Leipzig
2015 Kunst für Obdach—50 Jahre Fiftyfifty, E.ON Galerie, Düsseldorf
2015 Blooom Award International Top 70, online exhibition
2015 Genius Loci III—Here They Come, Setareh Gallery, Düsseldorf
2015 Follow Up 2015, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Düsseldorf
2015 Lichtbilder, Bethlehemkirche, Meerbusch
2015 Broken Body (solo exhibition), Exhibition Space Hansastraße 9, Neuss
2015 Freiland, Clemens-Sels-Museum, Neuss
2014 TAU, KIT—Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf
2014 Rund wie eckig, von Rundstedt HR Partners, Düsseldorf
2014 White is … an exhibition, Paul Clemen Museum, Bonn
2014 Blooom Award International Top 50, online exhibition
2014 Das einsame Genie hat die Schnauze gestrichen voll alles ist vernetzt …,
Baustelle Schaustelle, Raum für junge Kunst, Essen
2014 kunstvoll, Christie’s/Ernst&Young charity auction, K20/Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf
2013 66th Annual Exhibition, Municipal Gallery Alte Post, Neuss
2013 Open Studio, Studio 9, Neuss
2013 Rohstoffe, Clemens Sels Museum, Neuss
2012 Augenlicht, WGZ-Bank, Düsseldorf
2012 Grosse class: U arr wet loco, Municipal Gallery Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach
2012 Works On Paper, Grosse class portfolio presentation, Kunstverein Transmission, Düsseldorf
2011 A40—Experimental Film, stipendiary exhibition, Wolfsburg, Mülheim an der Ruhr
2011 64th Annual Exhibition, Municipal Gallery Alte Post, Neuss
2010 Und immer fehlt mir etwas, und das quält mich, Kunstverein Köln at Salon Schmitz, Cologne
2010 Rund wie eckig, von Rundstedt HR Partners, Berlin
2010 Lions Club charity art auction, Düsseldorf-Meererbusch
2010 19th Cusanuswerk stipendiary exhibition, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg
2009 Sigi, Lichthof, Cologne
2009 DasZeitung, Düsseldorf

Publications (selection)
2015 Genius Loci III—Here They Come. Exhibition catalogue.
ed. Gérard A. Goodrow / Setareh Gallery
2015 Follow Up 2015. Ausstellungskatalog.
ed. PwC / Stefanie Lucci
2015 Lichtbilder. Ausstellungskatalog.
ed. Isabelle von Rundstedt
2014 TAU.
Art book Katharina Grosse with Josef Zky.
ed. KIT / Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
2014 von Rundstedt Kunstförderpreis.
exhibition catalog
ed. Sophia von Rundstedt
2014 Art Collection WGZ Bank.
New Acquisitions since 2006.
ed. Ralf Hartwig
2014 Article: The Transcendence of Immanence,
Das Gedächtnis der Dinge
ed. Thomas Brandt
2013 Article: A wie Apfel
(A As In Apple),
Class Journal
a publication of the Grosse class
2013 Rohstoffe.
exhibition catalog
Author: Gabriel Rehlinghaus
ed. Uta Husmeier-Schirlitz
2012 Augenlicht.
exhibition catalog
Author: Hans-Jürgen Hafner
ed. WGZ Bank AG
2012 Article: „Für’n Appel und ’n Ei“
(“For a song”, lit. “For an apple and an egg”)
kunst und kritik, edition F
ed. Christian Grüny, Ludger Schwarte, Andreas Uebele
2007 close.
a publication of the Federle class

Current exhibition


As an interdisciplinary artist, Jennifer López Ayala researches in different genres how images can become manifest in the pictoral space, finding extraordinary transitions and transformations in the process.
By using up to 100.000 broken eggshells, she creates a multitude of different shades of white in the exhibition space as rays of light will be broken at the innumerable sharp edges of the shells—a flittering magical moment, citing an optical phenomenon like the graphic alternation of light and dark in drawings or the pointillists’ refined approach to depicting light: a spatial painting.
Based on her installations, Jennifer López Ayala explores in her photographs different possibilities to further develop these effects, always seeking to open up the two-dimensional picture plane into the surrounding space. To that end, she exposes the broken shells in varying sizes, structures and surfaces to different lighting situations, or she illuminates the shell in negative light to create an almost enchanted, unreal impression.
The mental image of the everyday object, “eggshell”, is thus psychologically redefined: while appearing like a white sea of soft flowers in the installations, they resemble slabs of slate in the photographs—a geodynamic, tectonic dislocation or even the formation of an unknown, collective intelligence.