Janna Avner creates oil paintings that respond to new technologies. Embracing inclusive, grass roots, and cross-disciplinary approaches to the philosophy behind art, Janna believes artists can help shape emerging technologies through cultural analyses beyond older academic pedagogies. As a creator of art works often curated within the VR/AR space, Janna finds hybrid approaches to understanding the 2D arts via the Z-plane axes, by applying refraction gradients to her artworks, as well as reflective surfaces that imitate the glow of computer screens. Janna was quoted in the Los Angeles Times, the New YorkTimes, and the Paris Review. Her writings on Artificial Intelligence were selected for “What Future: The Year’s Best Ideas to Reclaim, Reanimate, and Reinvent Our Future,” a 2017 best-of-anthology (by Unnamed Press) considered by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the best science books of the year. Janna graduated from Yale University in 2012.
Janna cofounded FEMMEBIT, a digital art festival celebrating women artists based in LA. Avner’s artworks and curations have been presented in Vice/ Creators Project, Hyperallergic, LA Weekly, and ArtNews. In 2018, Janna co-advised the creation of SUPERCOLLIDER Gallery, a Sci + Art + tech gallery with artist Richelle Gribble in Inglewood, CA. From 2015 – 2016, Janna ran a science + art lecture series in Chinatown LA as a gallery director at Discoveries in American Art. Janna has also been a guest speaker for UCLA’s Digital Media Arts Department (2017), and the New York Times School (2019).