i8 Gallery presents Elisions, a group show featuring the work of N. Dash, K.R.M. Mooney, B. Ingrid Olson, and Carrie Yamaoka. The exhibition features works that employ painterly, photographic, and sculptural methods. In the works on view, control and chance alternately mediate processes of replication, reproduction, resurfacing, and cropping.
Elision is a dropout. Technically, elision has something to do with apostrophes and absent endings. It is a crop, or a compression of a word, or words. It is a contraction. When two become one, or one becomes compacted between tongue and teeth as though your mouth was a trash compactor and this word, now like a cube of trash. Once larger, maybe also amorphous, the word-trash is shortly-uttered, compacted and is transmuted: solid and immovable with no space left to give, no air between hard consonant lines.
Elision, in addition to its subtractive nature functions as a kind of abstraction. While some abstraction is materially based, additive, and cumulative, there is another kind more about withholding and taking away. To lessen information–whether vowels, consonants, pores, hairs, nature, context, details–is a particular kind of abstraction. This is a type of reduction that makes it possible to approach complexity, making it possible for legibility as much as multiplicity of meaning. As a double negative, (ab)subtraction makes room by negation. Removal is additive, just quietly so. [If I had more time, I would write less.]
N. Dash (b. 1980, Miami, Florida) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In fall 2021, a new monograph of the artist’s work will be released. Dash’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California (2019); The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2019); Fondazione Giuliani, Rome (2017); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California (2014-15); and White Flag Projects, St. Louis, Missouri (2013). Group exhibitions include Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture, 1900 to Now at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California (2021); Body Ego, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas (2018); and Generations Female Artists in Dialogue, Sammlung Goetz, Munich (2018). Dash received a MFA from Columbia University in 2010 and a BA from New York University in 2003.
K.R.M. Mooney (b. 1990, Seattle, Washington) lives and works in Oakland, California. Selected recent solo exhibitions include Näcre, Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco, California (2019); Carrier, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany (2017); SECA Art Award Exhibition at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California (2017); and En, Set, The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, California (2015). Recent group exhibitions include The Poet-Engineers, Miguel Abreu, New York, New York, The Inconstant World, Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California (2021); and In Practice: Total Disbelief, Sculpture Center, Queens, New York (2020). Mooney is the recipient of the 2018 San Francisco Artadia Award and received a BFA from California College of the Arts in 2012.
B. Ingrid Olson (b. 1987, Denver, Colorado) lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. In 2022, Olson will have concurrent solo exhibitions, History Mother and Little Sister, at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Fingered Eyed, i8 Gallery, Reykjavík (2019); Forehead and Brain, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York (2018); Klein / Olson, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, Illinois (2017). Select group exhibitions include The Inconstant World, Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California (2021); Dependent Objects, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois (2021); Being: New Photography 2018, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York (2018); and Lost Without Your Rhythm, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado (2018). Olson graduated with a BFA in 2010 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Carrie Yamaoka (b. 1957, Glen Cove, New York) lives and works in New York City, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, California (2020); and Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (2019). Yamaoka has been featured in group exhibitions at institutions including Centre Pompidou, Paris (2020); Kunstverein Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin (2019); Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2019) ; The Bronx Museum (2016); and MoMA PS1, Queens, New York (2015). She has received grants and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2019) and the Anonymous Was A Woman Foundation (2017). Yamaoka received a BA at Wesleyan University in 1979.
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