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 Awards 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 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 schwarzbach 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.