Wine, tater tots and the Russian Mafia have long interested Glenna Jennings. Guns really haven't. As a would-be pacifist, this wavering apathy/disdain toward weapons was put to the test when she inherited 15 hunting rifles and a few pistols after her father passed away in 2006.
"Inheritance" is part of a new series of photographs, performances videos and short stories that investigate her relationship with her gun collection, her father and specific communities of women gun owners. Wine and tater tots play a small part in the theater of domestic ritual she has created to fill in for a father-daughter bonding event that never happened. (That said, any allusions to the Russian Mafia in the work exist as a visually subtle but personally inescapable obsession the artist has with Eastern Europe.)
The ongoing project "Narratives of Consumption" is equally concerned with the aesthetics of food and alcohol consumption (though not so much with those of risk). These candid photographs of dinner parties and other outings seek to create an ongoing document of varied social relationships while investigating theatrical and comedic aspects within the everyday.
Since graduating with honors from Art Center College of Design in 2004, Jennings has taught photography at both Los Angeles County High School of the Arts and the LA-based non-profit ArtShare, while serving as the U.S. director for the artist collective compact/space, which operates gallery spaces in LA, Geneva and Berlin. She has exhibited her work in LA, San Diego, Berlin and Warsaw.
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