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The Truth is Valuable - Jennifer Elster 2000. Photographed by Joanna Faron. Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC GalleryThe Truth is Valuable - Jennifer Elster 2000. Photographed by Joanna Faron. Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC Gallery
Photo by Joanna Faron
Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC Gallery
Pigmentation Execution Jennifer Elster 2016. Photographed by Joanna Faron. Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC GalleryPigmentation Execution Jennifer Elster 2016. Photographed by Joanna Faron. Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC Gallery
Photo by Joanna Faron
Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC Gallery
Napkin Jennifer Elster 2016. Photographed by Joanna Faron. Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC GalleryNapkin Jennifer Elster 2016. Photographed by Joanna Faron. Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC Gallery
Photo by Joanna Faron
Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC Gallery
Gallery Shot Jennifer Elster 2016. Photographed by Lewis Helfer. Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC GalleryGallery Shot Jennifer Elster 2016. Photographed by Lewis Helfer. Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC Gallery
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Gallery Shot - Jennifer Elster 2016. Photographed by Joanna Faron. Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC GalleryGallery Shot - Jennifer Elster 2016. Photographed by Joanna Faron. Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC Gallery
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Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC Gallery
Fun Future? Jennifer Elster 2016. Photographed by Joanna Faron. Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC GalleryFun Future? Jennifer Elster 2016. Photographed by Joanna Faron. Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC Gallery
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Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC Gallery
The Truth is Valuable - Jennifer Elster 2000. Photographed by Joanna Faron. Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC GalleryThe Truth is Valuable - Jennifer Elster 2000. Photographed by Joanna Faron. Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC Gallery
Photo by Joanna Faron
Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC Gallery
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Experiencing Jennifer Elster’s “Retrospective of an Extroverted Recluse Part One”

By Delphine de Causans

June 1, 2016

“The Retrospective of an Extroverted Recluse Part One” was the first exhibition of conceptual artist Jennifer Elster, taking place from May 12-25 at J.Elster Gallery at 75 Leonard Street in New York.

Elster is a thinker, artist, filmmaker, writer, photographer, performer and founder of The Development, a private underground studio based in New York. For years, she worked out of the public eye and this exhibition acted as a multi-part retrospective, regrouping a large body of her work that includes installations, paintings, films, and photographs.

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The Truth is Valuable - Jennifer Elster 2000. Photographed by Joanna Faron. Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC GalleryThe Truth is Valuable - Jennifer Elster 2000. Photographed by Joanna Faron. Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC Gallery
Photo by Joanna Faron
Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC Gallery

The night of the opening on May 12, the artist took part in several touching performances alongside musicians throughout the pop-up Tribeca space. As a viewer that evening, she brought us into her world: one that was strong, intimate, powerful, emotional, sensitive. At times Elster was crying, laughing, smiling, or playing with her child. It was obvious she is a passionate woman, fully dedicated to her art.

Of the opening Elster said, “[It] was magnificently meaningful. An evening of complete surrender as a performer. I felt safe being utterly vulnerable, in front of, and with the audience. I exposed the barest of my soul. Raw feeling. So many tender and jagged moments within this wildly impromptu orchestration of performances, while the work being exhibited was mentally provoking. It was very alive. Sophisticated, real and gutting at times. A complete surrender. Exquisite.”

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Pigmentation Execution Jennifer Elster 2016. Photographed by Joanna Faron. Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC GalleryPigmentation Execution Jennifer Elster 2016. Photographed by Joanna Faron. Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC Gallery
Photo by Joanna Faron
Courtesy of J. ELSTER NYC Gallery
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