PAUSE: PRACTICE & EXCHANGE
Gina Osterloh: Anonymous Front
January 21 – April 8, 2012 • Gallery 3 • FREE w/ gallery admission
Anonymous Front marks a new arc in Gina Osterloh's practice as she addresses perception, the body as prop, identity, and sight and blindness through photographic works, sculptures and video. Her photographs depict rooms constructed of paper and fabric, demarcated with meticulous dot matrix and light patterns in which figures flutter between flatness and three-dimensionality. Osterloh's new film project, commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, is a visual essay on physical blindness and identity, created in collaboration with a vocational massage therapy school for the blind in the Philippines called New Vision. Through pared down materials and aesthetics, the artist addresses the structure of sight and perception.
Alternative Artist LectureJan 21, 2012 2:00pm
Large Conference RoomFREE w/ gallery admission
This lecture by Gina Osterloh will focus on her obsession with color fields and connections between abstraction and the real through questions of perception and identity, vision and blindness. She will discuss her visual strategies: mimicry, the copy, camouflage, and collapsing and playing with photographic space—foreground, figure-ground, background. She will also speak about the influence of Jordan Belson, one of the first experimental light and sound projection artists in San Francisco, on her work.
Sound and Visual Constructions, Part 1Jan 26, 2012 6:00pm
Gallery 3FREE w/ gallery admission
Renowned Bay Area experimental musical artists Dohee Lee, Theresa Wong, Suki O’Kane, and Adria Otte create an original composition, soundscape, and dance piece inspired by Anonymous Front. Organized in collaboration with YBCA Performing Arts department.
Sound and Visual Constructions, Part 2Jan 28, 2012 2:00pm
Gallery 3FREE w/ gallery admission
The second part of this program continues with original experimental electronic media performances inspired by Anonymous Front, by renowned Bay Area artist Laetita Sonami and Los Angeles-based artist Jacqueline Gordon.
Gina Osterloh is an artist and educator based in Los Angeles, California. Her practice investigates operations of mimesis and perception within the realm of photography. Her photographs depict constructed life-size room environments activated through still, serial performances; papier-machè models; and cardboard cutouts. Recent exhibitions include Body Prop (Silverlens Gallery) and Differentiate, a two-person exhibition at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In 2007-2008, Osterloh traveled to the Philippines on a Fulbright scholarship and created a new body of photographs that depicted spaces made from everyday office paper used in Manila. She was also awarded a Medici Grant and a Completion Grant by the Silverlens Foundation of the Philippines. While at Monte Vista Projects LA, she curated the exhibition Minimum Yields Maximum, which presented conceptual and political works from the Philippines, Vietnam, and California. Osterloh holds a BA in media studies from DePaul University and an MFA in studio art from the University of California, Irvine. Her work is represented by Silverlens Gallery, Manila and François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles.
Dohee Lee (composer, vocalist, percussionist, dancer and performance artist) was born on Jeju Island in South Korea, where shamanic tradition is very strong, Dohee Lee learned Korean dance, Korean percussion, and vocals in the tradition of Kyunggi-Do. Her art now focuses on fusing these traditional forms with contemporary elements. Each piece and performance blends Eastern and modern Western musical forms and contemporary dance languages into works that emphasize the ritualistic and healing aspects of music and dance. In 2004, Lee founded the Puri Project with the goal to present a fusion of dance, music, spoken word and visual art with audience participation.
Lee has presented her work at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, performed at Carnegie Hall with the Kronos Quartet, and collaborated with a wide range of performers including Shinichi Iova-Koga’s inkBoat; choreographers/dancers Sherwood Chen and Amara Tabor Smith; musicians Francis Wong, Jon Jang, Tatsu Aoki, Lawrence Ochs and Scott Amendola, Joan Jeanrenaud and Theresa Wong. She has also performed new work with Yannis Adoniou’s KUNST-STOFF, the Kronos Quartet, ETHEL string quartet, the Degenerate Art Ensemble and choreographer/dancer Anna Halprin.
Suki O’Kane is a classically trained mallet percussionist, a composer and an instigator working with artists from a wide array of music, movement and public art genres. One of the founding members of the lo-fi sampling ensemble The Noodles (with Michael Zelner), she plays percussion with Moe! Staiano’s Moe!kestra!, Dan Plonsey’s Daniel Popsicle, Big City Orchestra and is an ensemble member of Thingamajigs performing new works by Edward Schocker, Dylan Bolles and Zachary Watkins.
Theresa Wong is a cellist, vocalist, composer and improviser whose work encompasses music, theater and the visual arts. Bridging areas of musical and visual expression, Wong seeks to find the opportunity for transformation in each work for both the artist and receiver alike. Her performances have been included at the Fondation Cartier in Paris, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Festival Internacional de Puebla, Mexico, Unlimited 21 Festival in Wels, Austria, Other Minds Brink series in San Francisco, Radio France broadcast, A L'improviste and at The Stone in New York City. Wong currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Adria Otte is a multi-instrumentalist whose primary focus has been on violin and guitar. She has performed in ensembles ranging from string quartets to rock bands to free improvisation groups. She currently collaborates with Dohee Lee, performs with Bob Marsh’s Emergency String (X)tet, and plays with several rock bands. She also performs traditional Korean percussion music with Jamaesori, an Oakland-based all-women drumming group.
Jacqueline Gordon is a visual and sound artist who currently resides between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Her work integrates audio technologies into sculptural forms to question relationships of affect to an environment. She received her BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004 and an MFA from Stanford University in 2011. Jacqueline has had solo shows at Queens Nails Projects and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. She received the 2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, a Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists Grant (2011) and a San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant (2009). Jacqueline has also received a Phelan, Murphy, and Cadogan Fellowship (2010), The Outstanding Student Achievement In Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center (2010) and a fellowship to attend The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture this past summer. Jacqueline is a member of the music and performance collective 0th.
Laetitia Sonami is a sound artist and performer. Her sound performances, live-film collaborations and sound installations focus on issues of presence and participation. She has devised new gestural controllers for performance and applies new technologies and appropriated media to achieve an expression of immediacy through sound, place and objects. She performs worldwide and has received numerous awards including the Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Awards. Recent projects include Sound Gates (2011) a public sound installation on a 2.5 km pier in Rijeka, Croatia, and Sheepwoman (2010-11), a live-film in collaboration with Sue Costabile, at SFMOMA.
Haruko Nishimura is the co-director of Seattle’s Degenerate Art Ensemble (DAE). Her works combine physical theater and the visceral language of Butoh dance with live music, and often involve exploration in extreme aesthetic choices in the hopes of awakening truths hidden deep inside the viewer. Her choreographic works with vocals have been commissioned by STG (Seattle Theater Group) and have been presented by venues such as REDCAT (LA), New Museum (NY), TFF Rudolstadt (Germany), Festival Alternativa (Czech Republic) and many others throughout the U.S. and Europe.
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