Colleen Asper, October 18, 2022
Colleen Asper is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York who teaches at Princeton University. Like the empty mirror in vampire narratives or the mimetic acrobatics of the mime, her work plays with voiding and doubling the body. For Asper this taint of the double (that, in its status as “merely” a copy, also becomes a blank) extends to representation itself, which is often cast as a theatrical degradation of an original through association with the feminine. In her paintings she creates invaginated forms in which her body serves as a framing device, and she writes and performs using her painting’s lacuna as stages for narrative.
Asper has had solo and two person exhibitions at venues that include 17Essex, New York, NY (2019); Stellar Projects, New York, NY (2018); On Stellar Rays, New York, NY (2016); P!, New York, NY (2015); Art Production Fund Lab, New York, NY (2010); and Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA (2007). Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in the United States and abroad at venues such as Kunstverein Langenhagen, Hanover, Germany (2020); Lošinj Museum, Osor, Croatia (2019); The Luminary, St. Louis, Missouri (2017); Art in General, New York, NY (2016); The Drawing Center, New York, NY (2015); and Queens Museum, Queens, NY (2015).
Her work has been reviewed in publications that include Artforum, frieze, Art in America, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Additionally, she has contributed writing to publications such as Art Practical, The Brooklyn Rail, Lacanian Ink, and Paper Monument.
Ali Rossi of Olympia Gallery, Thursday November 10, 2022
Located in the bustling Lower East Side district, Olympia was established in 2015. This seven-year-old for-profit gallery focuses on showing women, non-binary, and transgender artists and successfully competes with many established galleries in the heart of the New York Art scene. Olympia has shown artists such as Mie Yim, Lucy Mullican, Yura Adams, Dana Frankford, Jiha Moon and Michelle Laxalt, Zi Yi Wang among others. Despite the gallery’s short history, Rossi has brought mainstream attention to her programming and has received critically acclaimed reviews by Artnet news, ArtForum, Juxtapoz magazine, Whitehot magazine and Hyperallergic, among others. Olympia has also recently participated in the Nada art fair and has been invited to participate in the new online viewing program, Platform, which is organized by David Zwirner in New York.
“Olympia is dedicated to dismantling the cis-male-centric art canon. Founded in 2015 at Mount Holyoke, a historical women’s college, Olympia hosts shows, interviews and events with women, non-binary, and transgender artists. 41 Orchard St. houses our bookshop and gallery, where we champion artist-focused curation and support contemporary makers from a range of frameworks and mediums. In addition to our in-house operations, our install team travels across New York and beyond offering expert art-handling services. We are artist-first and artist-focused, with deep commitment to building community, rejecting binaries, and amplifying creative voices.”
CASSILS, January 26, 2023
CASSILS is a transgender artist who makes their own body the material and protagonist of their performances. Cassils's art contemplates the history(s) of LGBTQI+ violence, representation, struggle and survival. For Cassils, performance is a form of social sculpture: Drawing from the idea that bodies are formed in relation to forces of power and social expectations, Cassils work investigates historical contexts to examine the present moment.Cassils has had recent solo exhibitions at HOME Manchester, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts,NYC; Institute for Contemporary Art, AU; Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts; School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; Bemis Center, Omaha; MU Eindhoven, Netherlands.
They are the recipient of a 2020 Fleck Residency from the Banff Center for the Arts, a Princeton Lewis Artist Fellowship finalist (2020), a Villa Bellagio Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (2019), a United States Artist Fellowship (2018), a Guggenheim Fellowship and a COLA Grant (2017) and a Creative Capital Award (2015). They have received the inaugural ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, California CommunityFoundation Grant, MOTHA (Museum of Transgender History) award, and numerousVisual Artist Fellowships from the Canada Council of the Arts. Their work has been featured in New York Times, Boston Globe, Artforum, Hyperallergic, Wired, TheGuardian, TDR, Performance Research, Art Journal and was the subject of the monograph Cassils published by MU Eindhoven 92015) and their new catalogSolutions, is published by the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, TX (2020). Cassils's work was recently acquired by the Victoria Albert Museum, London, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto and the Leslie Lohman Museum.
Jose Villalobos, February 8, 2023
José Villalobos’s multi-media practice objects and disrupts culturally accepted stereotypes of toxic masculinity. Villalobos grew up on the US/Mexico border in El Paso, TX, and was raised in a traditional and religiously conservative family. His work reconciles the identity challenges in his life, caught in between traditional Mexican customs and American mores, as well as growing up with religious ideals that conflict and condemn being gay. Villalobos confronts the derogatory terms and attitudes that he continues to withstand today. The root of Villalobos’s work lies in the performativity of his identity. His accouterments are proud connections to his heritage but are also reminders of the hate and homophobia that he has had to endure. Villalobos manipulates material through the context of self-identity as he examines gender roles within family culture. He demonstrates that dismantling traditional modes of masculine identity centers an interstitial space where materiality softens virility. Villalobos protests the toxicity of machismo using objects, specifically within the norteño culture, that carry a history by deconstructing and altering them. Although new forms are created, he demonstrates the battle between the acceptance of being a maricón and assimilating to the cultural expectations.
José Villalobos grew up on the US/Mexico border in El Paso, TX. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was awarded the Artist Lab Fellowship Grant for his work De La Misma Piel at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Villalobos is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant Award and Residency and is also a recipient of the Tanne Foundation Award. His work has been exhibited in the nationally recognized exhibition Trans America/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX; ArtPace, San Antonio, TX; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX; NARS Foundation, New York, NY; the Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX; El Paso Museum of Art, TX; El Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and The Latino Cultural Center in Dallas, TX. He has two upcoming group exhibitions, one at the Phoenix Art Museum: Desert Rider, curated by Gilbert Vicario, and Xican-a.o.x. Body at The American Federation of Arts in New York curated by Marisa del Toro, Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and Gilbert Vicario.
José Villalobos’s work is included in the collection of Mexic-arte Museum, Austin, TX, the City of San Antonio Public Collection, TX, Albright College, Reading, PA, and Soho House International in Austin, TX.
Jose Villalobos is currently represented by Liliana Bloch Gallery
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