Possessing a fierce independent streak and a healthy ego, tomboys can dissolve any boundaries that might hinder their creative dreaming. Adverse to being boxed in, we’re down for fun and adventure. In observance of International Women's Month, ODETTA presents four artists who rule the playground when it comes to contemporary art.
Exhibition dates: March 20 - April 19, 2015
Born in the Midwest and raised and schooled in Los Angeles, Ruth Hiller graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design. Her paintings incorporate the Swiss Minimalist, or de Stijl theory that she embraced in college.
Ruth is interested in materiality and simplicity in her work. She developed her current body of work, “Soft Geometry” in 2013 using pigmented beeswax. “The visual conversation between the paint and forms culminates in my softly linear objects, evocative of industry and nature.”
In 2014 Ruth was selected to attend the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation Residency, where she was able to immerse herself in learning new media to use in her work.
She lives and works in New York, New York and Boulder, Colorado.
Lisa Levy is a conceptual artist, painter, performer, comedian and (self-proclaimed) psychotherapist. Before devoting herself full time to her art, she had a career as an art director in advertising. Her visual art has been widely exhibited at many venues including White Columns, Artists Space, Printed Matter, The New Museum, The Bronx Museum, Schroeder and Romero and Auxiliary Projects. Recently, Lisa completed a psychological investigation of extraordinary people for a multimedia project at The Brooklyn Academy of Music.
She also performs live; her most popular character is Dr. Lisa, S.P. (self-proclaimed) who psychoanalyzes people on stage and on the street. She’s had celebrity guests such as Joe Gordon-Levitt and Amy Schumer. Lisa has performed at The Brooklyn Museum, Joe’s Pub, The Woolly Mammoth Theater and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Dr. Lisa is currently doing a show called, “Stand Up. Lie Down.” performing her signature pseudo-psychoanalysis on comedians, based on their sets.
Brooklyn-based artist Miriam Songster’s practice engages with several themes: minimalism, site-specificity, and the multi-faceted nature of sensory perception. Her practice has moved from sculpture and video to incorporate installation and scent-focused immersive works. Both natural and synthetic scents have been essential to her work in conjuring local atmospheres, calling up the past, and creating perceptual incongruencies that lead the audience to momentarily catch themselves in their own act of perception. She is creating a Tomboy-themed installation for the show.
Miriam’s work has been funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and the NY Foundation for the Arts and shown in the US, Germany, Iceland, and China. She recently contributed to Protein Journal and has received widespread press coverage, ranging from Hyperallergic to Forbes and the Japan Times, for “Ghostfood.” She is creating a Tomboy-themed installation for the show.
*Installation with scents by Demeter® Fragrance Library and video excerpt of Powerpuff Girls Season 2, Episode 11 "Twisted Sister," copyright 2000 Cartoon Network, created by Craig McCracken, storyboard by Clayton Morrow, art direction by Don Shank, directed by John McIntyre and Craig McCracken.
Sarah Walker received her BFA from California College of the Arts and an MFA from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Recent solo exhibitions include Planet X and Edge of Everywhere at Pierogi, and Eyefinger at Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco. Recent group exhibitions include Midnight Full of Stars at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Big Bang! Abstract Painting for the 21st Century at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA and Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape at the Neuberger Museum, Purchase College.
In her abstract paintings Walker proposes a way of seeing and thinking that filters complexity in not out, therefore allowing for multiple, contradictory readings to emerge together.
Collections include: Museum of Modern Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, Neuberger Museum and the DeCordova Museum.
PULSE/IMPULSE, Booth C-1, Ryan Sarah Murphy and Margaret Roleke, March 5-8, 2015, http://pulse-art.com/
Beat Nite, curated by Benjamin Sutton, Friday March 6, 6-9 pm