Violet Dennison

born 1989 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA. Known for her system-based abstractions, Dennison has created site specific installations that contain networks of hacked plumbing pipes and using seagrass as an artistic material. The artist disrupts or dismantles the systems she establishes, signaling the constant flux of connections. Like beats of noise, her works echo the hiccups that permeate industrial life. Her oil paintings expand and build on her conceptual practice, they function as systems and are a part of them: digital screens, economies of brush strokes, and garbled information. Merging memories and digital mutation fantasies, her works are shaped by an interest in the tapestry that shapes contemporary existence, ever shifting between techno and nature. Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the SculptureCenter, New York; the New Museum Triennial, New York; the Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg; the Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut; the Kunsthaus Kollitsch, Klagenfurt; 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow.

She completed studies at New York University (2011), and Bard College, New York (2018).

Gallery exhibitions

Violet Dennison, Wetware at Jan Kaps, Cologne
03 Jun – 12 Jul 2023
Jan Kaps, Cologne
Violet Dennison, Transcend at Jan Kaps, Cologne
20 Jan – 08 Apr 2017
Jan Kaps, Cologne
Violet Dennison, Replicant at Jan Kaps, Cologne
06 Sep – 18 Oct 2014
Jan Kaps, Cologne

Institutional exhibitions

Violet Dennison, In Practice: Literally means collapse at SculptureCenter, New York
In Practice: Literally means collapse
12 May – 01 Aug 2022
SculptureCenter, New York
Violet Dennison, Some of the hole at Simian, Copenhagen
Some of the hole
05 Sep – 17 Oct 2020
Simian, Copenhagen
Violet Dennison, Weather Report at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield
Group Exhibition
Weather Report
06 Oct 19 – 14 Jun 2020
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield Group Exhibition
Violet Dennison, Chapter Four: Disappointment at Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg
Chapter Four: Disappointment
08 Jun – 21 Jul 2019
Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg
Violet Dennison, Tell Me How To Feel at Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger
Tell Me How To Feel
12 Apr – 02 Jun 2019
Kunsthall Stavanger, Stavanger
Violet Dennison, FOAF Berlin at Hosted By Chertlüdde, Berlin
FOAF Berlin
28 Jun – 02 Sep 2018
Hosted By Chertlüdde, Berlin
Violet Dennison, Main Project - 6: Abracadabra, Moscow International Biennale at Moscow
Main Project - 6: Abracadabra, Moscow International Biennale
07 Jun – 31 Jul 2018
Violet Dennison, Triennial: Songs for Sabotage at New Museum, New York
Triennial: Songs for Sabotage
13 Feb – 27 May 2018
New Museum, New York



1989 born in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023 Wetware, Jan Kaps, Cologne

2021 Freak Like Me, Theta, NYC

2019 Chapter Four: Disappointment, Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg Tell Me How To Feel, Kunsthalle Stavanger, Stavanger

2017 Transcend, Jan Kaps, Cologne

2015 O Earth, O Earth, Return !, Allen & Eldridge, New York

2014 Replicant, Jan Kaps, Cologne

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023 Plastic Stars, Tara Downs Gallery, New York, NY Wishing Well, Parker Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2022 In Practice: Literally means collapse, SculptureCenter, New York The Grid and the Curve, JTT, New York The Patriot, O'Flaugherty's, New York

2021 So many Stars, Stars, Los Angeles

2020 Some of the Hole, Simian, Copenhagen Focus Group II, Von Ammon Co, Washington D.C.

2019 Weather Report, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut Solar Anus, Parisian Laundry, Montreal

2018 Schau 5, Kunsthaus Kollitsch, Klagenfurt Triennial: Songs for Sabotage, New Museum, New York Abracadabra: Main Project, 6th Moscow International Biennial, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow FOAF Berlin, ChertLüdde, Berlin Dinner that Night (organized by Weston Lowe), Bureau, New York Eye to Eye, Arsenal Contemporary, New York Pond and Waterfall (co-organized by Julia Trotta), The Gallery at Michael’s, Los Angeles Arts Alumni, The Commons Gallery, New York University, New York False Flag: The Space Between Paranoia and Reason, Franklin Street Works, New Haven

2017 How It’s Made (curated by Matt Williams), Carl Kostyál, Stockholm Earth Day, Ramiken Crucible Ny, New York Condo, Union Pacific, London

2016 Cos Only Difference Can Return My Friend (curated by Elisa R. Linn & Lennart Wolf), 83 Pitt Street, New York A Human Is Not a Duck (with David Flaugher), Alma Zevi, Venice Of Fauna and Flora, Tomorrow Gallery, New York Unexpected Others, L’Atelier-KSR, Berlin

2015 The State of Having Left (organized by Lisa Offerman), Leipzig Fence Show (curated by Sam Korman and Isreal Lund), Apples, Brooklyn Time Inferno (organized by Quintessa Matranga), Et Al, San Fransico Limited Liability Corporation, Frankfurt Am Main, Berlin Freedom Culture (curated by Graham Collins), the Journal, Brooklyn

2014 To Do as One Would, David Zwirner, New York National Gallery (curated by Tobias Czudej), Grand Century, New York Peppi Bottrop and Violet Dennison (curated by Elena Brugnano), Open Forum, Berlin New Hells (curated by Isaac Lyles), Derek Eller, New York Numbers Do Not Lie, 247365, Brooklyn