Joan Oh is a Chicago native with a BFA in Photography at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. Subsequent to that, she attended the University of Pennsylvania and received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies. She currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.
Focusing on the spatial elements between video and installation, Oh’s practice analyzes tradition and unspoken codes of behavior; turning to the context of the ordinary to resurface artifacts of human experiences.
Joan Oh’s Tutorial presents an installation of trial and errors. HowTo.com undertakes the process of butchering a chicken and roasting it to eat, only using instructions found online. PBR Gong attempts to achieve positive karma through the strike of a Pabst Blue Ribbon, as it provides an interesting study on the autonomy of contemporary alternative coolness. Her videos appropriate the genre of guidance, commenting on an emergent culture while occupying the space in order to stage an intervention within it.
DRIP DROP DRAG - Chiara No (MFA '15) in Two Person Show with Nick Mayer at Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD - Opens 8/15 6pm
DRIP DROP DRAG
“I identify my work as drawings, with reflections of painting. By transcoding painting's novelty and ability to act as communicative object, I create a platform to play out inherent relationships between hegemonic masculinity, sexual slang, simulation and sensibility.” - Nick
“My approach to materials and manipulations stems not from postmodern parody of minimalism but more as a compulsive and repetitive impregnation of loss through material, process and history.” - Chiara
We have entered a state of co-acting; Taking cues from each other by means of image, technique, vocabulary and historical reference. It’s a relationship where we memorialize each other's material and manipulative processes. In turn, making work that exists independently on top of one another as a man and a woman.
Chiara No was born in 1981 and raised in Maryland. She studied Art and Theory at the Glasgow School of Art in 2002-2003 and received a BA in Art History from Towson University in 2005. She has also received a Post-Baccalaureate in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. She earned her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. She currently lives in Philadelphia, PA.
Her work has been shown at Vox Populi, Space 1026, Little Berlin and The Ice Box, all in Philadelphia, PA; H18 Gallery, Brussels, Belgium; The Institute for American Art, Portland, ME; MINT, Columbus, OH; Johalla Projects, Chicago, IL; Comfort Station, Chicago, IL; Nudashank, Baltimore, MD and Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD.
Nick Mayer was born in 1982 and raised on Long Island. He attended Maryland Institute College of Art from 2000-2004 and received a BFA in Painting. In the summer of 2014, he attended Tyler School of Art’s Summer Painting Intensive under the mentorship of Bruce Pearson, Erica Prince, and Tim Belknap. This fall Nick is moving to New Haven to begin his studies in Painting and Printmaking at the Yale School of Art as a 2017 MFA candidate.
His work has been shown in artist-run-spaces nationally including: Butter Projects, Royal Oak, MI; Franklin St, Baltimore, MD; MINT, Columbus, OH; The Ice Box, Philadelphia, PA.
This show was organized with the help of Lease Agreement. Lease Agreement was a collaborative curatorial project by artists Adam Farcus and Allison Yasukawa. Set in the living room of the couple’s rental house, Lease Agreement continued in the tradition of apartment gallery exhibition spaces by exhibiting conceptually rigorous, engaging work within the context of a home.
ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) is a volunteer-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers. ACRE investigates and institutes models designed to help artists develop, present, and discuss their practices by providing forums for idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects. More information about ACRE can be found at www.acreresidency.org.