Abbey Hepner, M.F.A.

Abbey Hepner

Abbey Hepner, M.F.A.

Instructor, Visual Art

About

Questions about the human relationship with landscape and technology are at the core of my work. I investigate the demands we place on technology and what happens when it fails us. I am interested in systems of power and hyperobjects. My practice ranges in execution from art intervention to performance, from costuming to biological experimentation, but the artwork almost always lives in and through the photographic medium. I aim to provoke the viewer to engage with and question the taboo, offering entry through the absurd and humorous aspects of these loaded topics. Examining news, advertising, and the medical and energy industries, I push against cognitive dissonance in an age of technological advancement where health is a currency and ethics are constantly being redefined.

Education

  • M.F.A., University of New Mexico, 2016
  • B.F.A., Univeristy of Utah, 2008
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Utah, 2008

Courses Taught

Lower Division

  • Beginning Studio 2D
  • Intro to Photography
  • Beginning Digital Photography

Upper Division

  • Intermediate Photography
  • Alternative Process

Selected Exhibitions

  • Tanto Tempo Gallery, Kobe, Japan
  • Newspace Center For Photography, Portland, OR
  • SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
  • Meyer Gallery, Park City, UT
  • Chandler Building, Zebulon, GA
  • Central Features Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM
  • Texas Women’s University, Denton, TX
  • Living Arts, Tulsa, OK
  • Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival, Kobe, Japan
  • Gallery UAF, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, WA
  • University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM
  • Büro Für Bestimmte Dinge, Berlin, Germany