Jessica Rath is a Los Angeles based artist who attained a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) in 1996. Her recent solo exhibitions include take me to the apple breeder at Jack Hanley Gallery in New York (2012), Pasadena Museum of California Art (2012), and the Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota (2013); and 3 Solo Projects, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design. In 2013, Rath received the City of Los Angeles (COLA) Fellowship and will exhibit the resulting work at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (2014). Rath’s awards include a Center for Cultural Innovation Artistic Innovation grant, two Durfee Foundation Artist Resource for Completion grants, a Metrolab Commission Grant, and the Bridge Residency Award from Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA.
Rath’s practice considers how we shape the aesthetics of agricultural production and of our immediate landscape. take me to the apple breeder, based genetic work at Cornell University Agricultural Research Station, garnered reviews in Art in America, Artforum, Xtra Contemporary Art Quarterly, and LA Times; articles in Bon Appetit, Garden Design, Smithsonian Magazine and Treehugger; and interviews by KCRW’s Good Food (radio) and Columbia University’s Venue blog.