Bill Jenkins is an artist from northern California, based in Queens, New York. Through the production of painting, sculpture, installation and video works, Jenkins explores individual agency within the structure of an urban environment. Often taking up impossible tasks with inadequate means, such as capturing and channeling light with packing and shipping materials, or storing energy in paint, that will not work properly but will generate novel experiential and conceptual outcomes. For Jenkins, artworks can embrace failure as a space to imaginatively recuperate questions about function and use that would otherwise be wasteful or disastrous outcomes in architecture, urban planning, or engineering.
Jenkins received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (2003) and a MFA from the University of California at Berkeley (2007). Solo exhibitions have been held at Laurel Gitlen New York, NY, CAPITAL San Francisco, CA, Todd Madigan Gallery, California State University Bakersfield, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR, and Galeria Stereo, Warsaw, Poland. His work has been included in group shows at Feature Inc., James Cohan, Sekkima Jenkins & Co., Simone Subal, and White Columns, New York, NY, Regards, Chicago, IL, and Yvon Lambert, Paris. In Fall 2017 Jenkins was in residence at the Atelier Calder in Saché, France. Reviews of Jenkins’ work have been published in Artforum and artforum.com, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, The New Yorker and the San Francisco Bay Guardian among other publications. An interview with Jenkins by Joe Fyfe appears in the Spring 2019 issue of BOMB Magazine.