A Cabinet of Curiosities: Jenny O’Dell’s Archive of Suspended Objects + Contemporary Cocktail

March 7, 2016

Jenny O’Dell
Visiting Artist Talk
Tuesday, March 15, 11:30 am
23 Essex Street, Room H201

Jenny O’Dell meticulously researches discarded objects in an effort to show their embeddedness and persistence in everyday networks.

Her work inhabits an obsessive archeological approach to the present. She escalates the traditional practice of archiving in that not only does she research the “life” of an object, but creates a place for it to be permanently “suspended” using augmented reality. Because her practice involves collecting, tagging and cataloguing, she has often been compared to a natural scientist – specifically, a lepidopterist.
Works from O’Dell’s ongoing, one person organization, The Bureau of Suspended Objects, is currently on view in the Montserrat Gallery through April 2, 2016, as part of the group exhibition “I Will Go On…”.

Jenny O’Dell is a Bay Area native/captive. Her work has been exhibited at the Google Maps Headquarters, Les Rencontres D’Arles, Arts Santa Monica, Fotomuseum Antwerpen, La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, and East Wing Gallery in Dubai. O’Dell received her BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley in 2008 and her MFA in Design+Technology from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010. She currently teaches digital/physical design at Stanford University.

 

Bande Apport Disquisition
Public Talk
Thursday, March 17, 11:30 am
23 Essex Street, Room H201

The underground political movement called the Bande Apport has existed since the Post-World War 2 climate. Through letterpress broadsides and zines, the literature of the Bandean revolution continues to spread. This artist talk, led by a member of the Bande Apport, will share the group’s philosophies and provide examples of their printed literature.

Contemporary Cocktail: Jenny O’Dell and Jason Hoelscher
Montserrat Gallery
23 Essex Street (Hardie Building)
Thursday, March 17, 2016, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Contemporary Cocktail is an informal event that pairs a recognized visiting artist, art professional, scholars, and curators in conversation between each other and the audience. This event will pair interdisciplinary artist Jenny O’Dell with painter and scholar, Jason Hoelscher in conversation with Montserrat Galleries’ Associate Curator of Exhibitions and Programs, Pam Campanaro.

Jason Hoelscher is an educator, painter and writer based in southeast Georgia, where he presently serves as the Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Georgia Southern University. Hoelscher is currently pursuring his PhD at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA) in aesthetic philosophy and art theory.

Jenny O’Dell is a Bay Area native/captive. Her work combines the mining of online imagery with writing and research, usually in an attempt to highlight the material nature of our modern networked existence. Her practice involves collecting, tagging and cataloguing,like that of a natural scientist. Her work has made its way into the Google Headquarters, Les Rencontres D’Arles, Arts Santa Monica, Fotomuseum Antwerpen, La Gaîté lyrique (Paris), the Lishui Photography Festival (China), the Made in NY Media Center, Apexart (NY), and East Wing (Dubai). O’Dell currently teaches internet art and digital/physical design at Stanford University.