J.R. Uretsky weaves performance, video, puppetry, and sculpture into emotionally charged, affective artworks that shift seamlessly between autobiography and fiction. Uretsky’s work confronts viewers with expressive confessions that test the bounds of comfort, personal space, and acceptable presence. The characters that emerge through her performances are relatable yet also alien and non-specific, forging an ambiguous space where emotion is the remaining constant.
J.R. Uretsky curates independently and is a performing artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues in New York, Los Angeles, Finland, and Germany. Her work was included in the 2013 DeCordova Biennial at The DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. She has also performed and exhibited at Art Basel Miami, FL, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Rhode Island School of Design Museum as well as the Museum of Art and Design in New York. Uretsky’s work has been published in print, online and video journals such as Headmaster Magazine, Gaga Stigmata, Big Red & Shiny, and ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art.
Uretsky is the curator at New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!. This year, Uretsky received a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for her dedication to uplifting the creative expressions of people of color, women, and LGBTQ individuals.
An active member of the Providence creative community, Uretsky sits on the Dirt Palace Public Projects Board of Trustees and was a founding board member and faculty liaison, of College Unbound, an organization that provides higher education for underrepresented, adult learners including incarcerated and formerly incarcerated adults. She wrote curriculum and taught liberal arts classes about representation, intersectionality, and identity politics for College Unbound. Uretsky was also an adjunct professor of art and digital media at the University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University, SMFA Boston, Roger Williams University, and the Community College of Rhode Island.
She currently lives in Providence, RI and is the drummer of the queer punk duo Bed Death.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS | PERFORMANCES | VIDEO SCREENINGS
Stag, THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART Boston, MA
Dog Girl, SATELLITE ART SHOW ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH, FL, Curated by Quinn Dukes
What I Found Out There, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Boston, MA
Party Foul, BOSTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS Boston, MA
Learning is Difficult, Dreaming is Even Harder, Curated by Kate Gilbert LAWN ON D Boston, MA
Encouragements With Dave MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN New York, NY
Come As You Are, 186 CARPENTER Providence, RI
Hymn PROVIDENCE FRINGE FESTIVAL AT AROURA Providence, RI
Bromance, Locally Made’s One Room, Curated by Deborah Clemons & Hollis Mickey, THE RISD MUSEUM Providence, RI
Bling! Bling! Selected Works 2009-2012, THE DIRT PALACE Providence, RI
Savoir-Faire Performance Art Series, SOHO20 CHELSEA New York, NY
UConn Puppet Slam, UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT Storrs, CT
Waiting for the Joulupukki, ARTELES CREATIVE CENTER Finland
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
BRINK v2, Curated by John Pyper BOSTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS,MILLS GALLERY Boston, MA
Forced Collaboration II, Curated by Jacob Rhodes, ARTSPACE NEW HAVEN New Haven, CT
Living As Form, CARPENTER CENTER HARVARD UNIVERSITY Boston, MA
Transform, THE EARL & VIRGINIA GREEN ART GALLERY Los Angeles, CA
deCordova Biennial, curated by Lexi Lee Sullivan, deCORDOVA MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE PARK Lincoln, MA
Locally Made: Video, curated by Dina Deitsch MUSEUM OF ART RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN Providence, RI
The Secret Rooms of the Dirt Palace, SOHO20 CHELSEA New York, NY
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