Wren Gardiner (b. 1992, USA) is a Los Angeles based artist. She was raised in Arizona and Missouri. She has primarily worked in video, performance, and writing and is currently working to expand her practice to include installation. In her work, Gardiner explores the contemporary impulse to share private information, thoughts, and feelings with the public, via the internet. Her method of exploration utilizes cheeky and sincere performances that touch on various topics, such as the health and wellness industry, entry level jobs, and modern day genetic testing.
Gardiner has shown work across the United States and internationally. Recent exhibitions and screenings include Dramas de Otro Mundo, screened online through UV Estudios por Colección de Fortabat in Buenos Aires (2020); DOC LA Film Festival, screened at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles, CA (2019); St. Louis International Film Festival, screened at the Plaza Frontenac Theater in St. Louis, MO (2019); and By Now We Are There, shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, AZ (2017). In 2019, she was awarded the DOC LA Rising Star Award by the Parajanov-Vartanov Institute for her short film, 52%. In 2016, she was awarded the University of Arizona School of Fine Art’s Creative Achievement Award for her BFA thesis work, New American Ethos. Gardiner holds a BFA in Photography, Video and Imaging from the University of Arizona (2016) and is currently a first year MFA candidate in Visual Arts at the University of California San Diego.