Landscape x Olympia Video Residency
Jun
25
to Aug 12

Landscape x Olympia Video Residency

Olympia and Landscape are proud to present a monthlong video program focused on showcasing the work of women and genderqueer artists. Every week showcases a different group of artists in Landscape's Project Space Pop-Up Theater. Gender-identity, intersectionality, and the body are central components to the 4-week residency, but the range of subject matter extends well beyond the scope of queer & femme experience, with a particular interest in videos that do things – that in some way perform actions. All of the selected works provoke a reshaping of our experience as audience.

Olympia (the curatorial project of Ali Rossi), in collaboration with guest curator Eliza Doyle, seeks to provide a context for women and queer artists to show moving image work. Their purpose is to create a forum for artists and filmmakers to engage in an ongoing dialogue over the course of their residency at Landscape.

Formally launched in Spring 2018, Landscape is supported through a portion of all Elsewhere ticket sales. Operating outside of the traditional gallery model, Landscape encourages broader participation and patronage in the arts. Through a seasonal program of installations, performances, permanent commissions and community events led by Elsewhere’s Art Director, Molly Surno, Landscape invites collaboration and experimentation with unique emerging voices in the international contemporary art world.

Olympia and Landscape are aligned in their missions to facilitate alternative contexts for experiencing and curating contemporary art. These organizations aim to present work that is directly reflective of its time, context, and surrounding community, with a particular focus on representing queer and POC voices. In a wealth-saturated contemporary art world, it is more critical than ever to foster DIY spaces (both physical and digital) that speak to a diverse range of artists and creators. Elsewhere's support in organizing and hosting this residency has been invaluable. Landscape’s multidisciplinary gallery space, and dedicated leadership has sharpened and expanded the possibilities of this residency from the very beginning.

Program schedule: 
MELTING (June 25- July 1) 
SPLITTING (July 3 - 8) 
JESTING (July 9 - 15) 
SUSPENDING (July 16 - 22) 
MAPPING (July 23 - 29) 
HEAPING (July 30 - August 5)

Participating Artists: 
Andres Azzolina @ruido.montessori 
Ilana Harris-Babou @ilanahbhb 
Amandla Baraka @totheppl 
Annika Berry @midnight_cow 
Henry Belden 
Heather Benjamin @heatherbenjamin_
Samantha CC @samantha___cc 
ChameckiLerner @chameckilerner
Claire Christerson @clairechristerson 
KYUN-CHOME @kyunchome 
Gabriel Cohen @someadult 
LeLe Dai @guppydaughter 
Eliza Doyle @eliza_soiled 
Hannah Garner @2ndbestdance 
Morrison Gong @morrisongong 
Victoria Gong @vicxxciii 
Scottie Harvey @scohart 
Maggie Hazen @maggiehazen 
Aminah Ibrahim @_._aminah_._
Jasia Kaulbach @jasiaka 
Rachel Kaly @rachel.kaly 
Hazel Katz @it_got_better
Victoria Keddie @vict_0r 
Simone Leitner @simonleitner 
Gara Lonning @garararararara
Jordan Lord @jrd_lord
Erica Magrey @ericamagrey 
Mar G. Mcmahon @femmewad 
Selina Miles @selinamiles 
Yao Ruilin @yaoruilinyao 
Rebecca Shapass @rshapass 
Lily Jue Sheng @lilyjshhh 
Hil Steadman @hil.steadman 
Ariel Noltimier Strauss @ariel.biz 
Candace Thompson @kandeetee 
Ziyi Wang @sp1zy 
Joanna Warren @joannasmovementblogg5678 
Tæhëe Whang @whitemalepainter 
Lili White @liliwhitenyc 
Elise Wunderlich @home_depot_romance 
Caroline Yost @caro.snake

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掀起Veil
Jun
1
to Jun 30

掀起Veil

Someone once asked me

Are you happy?

I giggled twice

But what I really wanted to say was

It is none of your business

From nineteenth-century readily available image making to the current state of self documentation, portraiture has dominated the medium of photography. Portraiture has always enabled an ability to build stories, construct performers, protagonists, while also offering viewers the opportunity to investigate the ways we shape our own ideas regarding identity. Olympia and C’mon Everybody are proud to present Veil, a solo exhibition of Yao Ruilin’s recent photographs.  


Veil is an accumulation of childhood keepsakes, with a deep affection for home and heritage. Our worlds are changing in this hyper-moving era (whether we are mobile or static). These images document Ruilin’s internal experience transitioning between China (Chengdu, Shangha), and the US (San Francisco, New York). Part of Ruilin’s personal nomadic history has caused feelings of isolation and outsider-mentality. Emotions that are universal, but hyperized depending on circumstances. By covering up different parts of herself and her subjects’ bodies, Ruilin reveals the personal contentions Chinese women experience.


Using China’s city centers and historical landmarks as backdrops make the work function in a context that isn’t free or open. These scenes reveal something about not only Ruilin, but also the generation she comes from. There is a universal feelings of suppression that all Chinese citizens inhibit. Love is something Ruilin was taught to conceal. Sex is taboo. Pornographic images have been banned in the People’s Republic of China since 1949, but definitions are kept purposefully vague.Censorship, romance, individuality, and identity are unveiled through Yao's use of red fabric. Veiling becomes revealing.

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Nature's Borrowed Voice
Mar
11
12:00 PM12:00

Nature's Borrowed Voice

Olympia is proud to present Nature's Borrowed Voice in the 2019 Fact and Fiction edition of SPRING/BREAK Art Show. Nature's Borrowed Voice includes recent work by Madeleine Bialke and Leeanne Maxey.

Interpreting a painting as a representation denies its veracity. A painting can stand in for a preconceived truth; likewise, it can visually expose a belief’s flaws. The works of Leeanne Maxey and Madeleine Bialke challenge ‘self-evident truths’ in history to convey alternative perspectives and to focus on the subterranean foundations of dogma.

Leeanne Maxey addresses American organized religion and fundamentalist Christian beliefs through a queer lens. Raised an evangelical Pentecostal in Arkansas, she returns to these beliefs with a critical stance. Bibles, felt board stories and other religious paraphernalia make an appearance alongside vernacular household fixtures such as granite countertops, sofas, and wooden tables. A Gideon Bible, covered with rocks, rests on a cut lawn; a praying figure kneels in front of a bush while a rifle hovers above her head, pointed at doves flying her direction; figures walk on a paved path in a forest rumored uncultivated. All suggest lives made in worlds of tidy structure, playing up the fiction of culture as the natural order. Maxey’s painting Madam and Eve alters the genesis myth, confronting the shame that Christianity is built on while maintaining respect and acknowledging personal pain caused from the story. What is Hell? playfully includes flashcards from Junior Bible Quiz; these cards ask metaphysical questions like the painting’s title and provide blunt answers masquerading as facts. Her work is painted directly with imagery purposefully accessible to people from all class backgrounds and sexual identities.

Like religious art, American landscape painting functions as propaganda. Bierstadt and others depicted land as ‘wild, pristine, virgin wilderness,’ removing the idea that the land was cultivated and nurtured by Native Americans and had been for centuries past. Much of what we inherently associate with American landscape painting—not to mention our own notions of wilderness and nature—is a myth. Madeleine Bialke’s work expands on this thesis by creating shallow, flat scenes of the great outdoors. She evokes the language of flat comics as a device to explore limitations in space and our chronicled depictions of nature. Lozenge-like pine trees sit under dense forest trunks, creating interior spaces with exterior symbols. The term ‘landscape’ has historically referred to an aesthetic or representational order that was at least one step removed from any actual place. Landscape is a convention of culture, and Roy Lichtenstein wrote, “Generally artists, when they draw, are not really seeing nature as it is. They are projecting on nature their familiarity with other people’s art.” Landscape painting walks the fine line from an art that imitates nature to an art that imitates art.

Both painters refer to the geometry of the picture plane and acknowledge its flatness, pulling viewers inside shallow spaces that should be deep, or pushing the image directly to the surface. The dialogue extends beyond aesthetics, as both restructure belief systems and consider their role as artists within these deeply ideological histories/spaces. Maxey’s work interrogates the quashing of sexual and intellectual freedoms in the name of religion, while maintaining the mysterious poeticism inherent in both painting and Christianity. Bialke’s work critiques American landscape painting as a national portrait yet does not forgo classic landscape tropes or beauty in color.

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Inside/Out
Feb
28
12:00 PM12:00

Inside/Out

Olympia presents Inside Out, an exhibition highlighting a group of artists who transcribe, restage, and abstract the everyday; as a result, the past, future, known, and unknown coexist in one verse. As viewers, hints of familiar shapes and intimate worlds, convey our capacity to process personal histories, and connect to experiences that we in fact never possessed. The act of processing is not linear, as our emotions, opinions, and thoughts change by the hour. Moreover, the act of revisiting an event, language, and sound, serves, just like in life in the studio, as an aid to reinterpret the past, and experience something completely unfixed.

Alicia Gibson’s paintings ask the viewers to take textual references as windows into the painter's world, or as a departure point for themselves. The forms in Erin Hinz’s paintings deconstruct what it means to exist inside of a body. Through references to domestic spaces, Hinz explores ideas about gender, and the public and private spheres we occupy. Erika Ranee’s paintings investigate the rituals and buzz of the everyday. Her intuition takes total control, responding to the paintings voice, as well as her own senses. Allison Reimus tests painting as both an object that reflects associations with domesticity, as well as a space to investigate composition and time.

Inside Out replays different versions of experiences from within, or observed moments of the exterior, in order to refuse their original intentions, and present something new. Recording the everyday creates endless possibilities of interpretation, which extend far beyond the corners of the canvas.

Show will be up from 1/10/19 - 1/31/19

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Sweet Bowls
May
7
to Jul 1

Sweet Bowls

Olympia and Fishs Eddy are proud to present Sweet Bowl, an open themed incubator created to explore small scale work from both emerging and mid-career artists. By bringing an eclectic group of artists together under one roof, we hope to inspire all walks of life, and highlight contemporary practices nationwide.

Sweet Bowl brings together a variety of approaches to small frameworks. What are the challenges and or limitations of small scale work? Does this enable artists to make decisions faster, or do they become even more attuned to detail? With less space comes the responsibility of bold decision making- what's more, is less.

Olympia is a network of creators dedicated to promoting gender-marginalized and queer artists’ work. Our goal is to connect artists, create communities, and mend the many gaps that exist in the art world. Olympia has held ten exhibitions since 2015, representing more than sixty artists’ work.

Special thanks to the Fishs Eddy team for allowing us to explore the endless possibilities of being an artist in this wonderful shop.

*Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18th 2018, from 6pm-9pm*

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Our Now
Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

Our Now

The various pieces featured in Our Now represent how art is used to stop time and reflect on the chaos of any given moment. All of the creators included in Our Now are based in New York City. How do artists in such an infamously fast paced environment still the disarray? All at once we form a diverse yet cohesive portrayal of the human experience.

Two organizations, paralleled by their missions, paired up to fulfill this objective.

Olympia has a focus on advancing gender marginalized artists representation in the fine arts and KNC has a focus on fostering community and creativity while celebrating diversity.

 

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Puerto Rico Fundraiser
Oct
27
2:00 PM14:00

Puerto Rico Fundraiser

Olympia is teaming up with Levagabond to support hurricane relief initatives.There will be art, food, and wine + beer for sale. All revenue will go directly through The Battery City Authority to help communities in need. We will also be accepting supplies and donations on-site at the event. Come out and support our relief efforts!

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Extracting the Locus
Aug
11
to Aug 12

Extracting the Locus

  • 1578 Union Street Brooklyn, NY, 11213 United States (map)
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Kirsten Leach's work investigates the ontologies of persons and things that have been pigeonholed as inarticulate or fragmentary. Leach's work concerns itself with feminist aesthetics and identity politics and aims to implode the conception that the clear, concise and easily definable is better than the obscure. Painting is used as a tool to reorganize the movement of the subconscious, to percolate the excess static that resides there. As a result, the work inhabits those muddy waters. These paintings are heavily influenced by Kirsten's background as a modern dancer and classical ballerina. They serve as material surveys for Leach's improvisations and are reflective of whatever she is choreographing in the dance studio.

"In this series, I observe the synthesis and dissonance of two artistic practices in which my goals are essentially unified— to privilege an organic and messy performance of the body, where how one feels inside their own anatomical frame is given as much value as how one looks in it."

Drinks and food to be provided. BYOB encouraged.

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All I See is Signs
May
26
to Jun 5

All I See is Signs

ALL I SEE IS SIGNS showcases a cathartic selection of video and sculptural works by Simone Leitner, that use humor to illuminate the difference between what you see and how you feel; how, sometimes, we project our internal dialogue during times of distress and confusion, often looking for answers in objects and places otherwise meaningless. These works are a physical embodiment of that experience - when you look around you, in a moment of coincidence, and all you see are signs.

Included works replicate popular modes of signage and references to pop culture.

Drinks will be served.




Special thanks to:
Lite Brite Neon Studio

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No Texting
Dec
3
12:00 PM12:00

No Texting

As the written word becomes more constrained by character limits and shrinking attention spans, visual language emerges to offer counter and expansive ways to process and communicate our emotions, experiences, and personal narratives. Visual language may represent the old school form of artistic expression, but the limits of language in the age of social media has given rise to truly bizarre norms. We now live in a time where celebs issue formal apologies via Twitter posted from iPhone screenshots to evade the 124 character limit.

Olympia presents: no texting, an exhibition that explores artistic expression outside of the at times weird and restricting world of textual language.

With the absence of text, the only perimeter of the exhibition portion of evening, artists have the opportunity to think about what a mark or shape communicates, rather than conform to a constricting theme, or even the anxiety that now comes with every tweet, app response or even artistic expression.

In this exhibition, Mount Holyoke’s literary magazine, Moneta, is excited to offer a counter perspective on the implications of words in art. By encouraging writers and artists to take up auditory and visual space that extends as far as the lives of their words and stories must, we hope to present a new framework of the world that expands beyond realms that are familiar to the audience and encourages empathy, compassion, and openness to new and revolutionary forms of spoken and visual art.

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Mark
Nov
16
12:00 PM12:00

Mark

  • 70 Little West Street New York, NY, 10004 United States (map)
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Olympia is proud to present Mark, a two person exhibition that explores the recent work of Davey Barnwell and Signe Borhan.

Bringing together two extremely different approaches to the abstract, Mark illustrates both artists interest in creating something that no one has seen before. However, recognizable motifs/images create a common entrance for viewers. By balancing mysteries with motifs, memories, spaces and familiar entities are exchanged all at once.

With the rise of artificial intelligence, idiosyncratic practices are difficult to come by. What is the importance of creating and viewing something that is made by hand? What is a painting and how is it supposed to exist in this aggressive time of technological innovations?

By means of materiality and touch comes a hybrid relationship of visual conundrums and clarity.

Date: Wednesday, November 16th, 5:30-7:30pm

Location: 70 Little West Street #29F, NY, NY


RSVP by emailing arossi@olympiart.org with name and number of guests.

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Freaking the Norm
Sep
24
9:00 PM21:00

Freaking the Norm

Olympia, hosts first Boston exhibition, titled ‘Freaking the Norm’ Boston, MA- Saturday, September 24th, Olympia—a modern organization on a mission to advance the position of gender-marginalized artists in the creative arts— will pair with the Dorchester Art Project for an event titled ‘Freaking the Norm.’

Freaking the Norm is a one night pop-up show consisting of painting, music, sculpture, and film by artists from various backgrounds, including Yura Adams, Olivia Baldwin, and Sharon Madanes. The collection of work, primarily abstract in nature and content, serves as a cohesive demonstration of art as a powerful platform for artists of marginalized genders to share their experiences.

The abstract art featured in this show captures the subjectivity of knowledge that Olympia wants to encourage rather than stifle. ‘Freaking the Norm’ is Olympia’s contribution to ‘norming’ women and non-binary artists as ‘talented,’ rather than just ‘talented women.’

Founder Ali Rossi states, “ (As a Painter) I realized that I was seeking success in a primarily male dominated sector, especially in terms of museum culture. We wanted to create an innovative solution to the problem and have a space which promotes a lively and powerful network of artists.”

Saturday, September 24th, 6-9pm, 1486 Dorchester Ave, Boston, M.A.

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soft catharsis
Aug
6
to Aug 7

soft catharsis

  • 794 Union Street Brooklyn, NY, 11215 United States (map)
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Featuring:
Rivka Weeks
Simone Leitner
Virginia Lopez-Anido
Jojo Renard
Anna Berlin

Hours: 2pm-5pm, Saturday, August 6th & Sunday, August 7th

**THIS EVENT IS FREE**

Check out Olympia Art Collective and Blue Flamingo on August 6th and 7th to experience soft catharsis. 

Come hangout, drink some brewwwws, talk to some strangers and then head upstairs at 5pm to see THISAMERICANPLAY (https://www.facebook.com/events/643892892429355/).

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Women Artists for Women Artists
Mar
5
to Mar 6

Women Artists for Women Artists

  • 245 Main St, Apt. 302 Northampton, MA (map)
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Come join two organizations that are focused on the advancement of women's ability to express themselves freely and creatively. There will be music, art, and refreshments. 

All proceeds will go to the construction of Tiwale's Center for Education and Entrepreneurship in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Tiwale is a youth led community based in Malawi that empowers Malawian women through education and entrepreneurship opportunities.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/women-s-center-for-education-and-entrepreneurship--2/x/2779386#/

Olympia’s mission is to advance the women’s position in contemporary art as well as the entirety of art history. We act as a web, connecting female artists to one-another in order to break the gender binary that has remained present in art history to this day. More importantly, Olympia provides a lived sense of community. We hope to instill confidence and ambition within participants and guest alike.

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Ladies Night
Dec
5
to Dec 6

Ladies Night

We are teaming up with Doing It Live and Moneta: The MHC Literary Magazine to exhibit contemporary artforms crafted by a group of brilliant ladies. The night will be comprised of live music, a variation of readings, an art exhibiton, and of course...cheese! 

Come one, come all, support and advance the value of the female creator. Recognize our talent & share it.

Performances by,

-MHC Flute Choir  
-Turner Wiley (California) https://soundcloud.com/turner-wiley
-Bella (Vermont) https://bellas.bandcamp.com/

This is our official launch! The Olympia Art Collective's mission is to advance both the visability and recognition of the female artist. Break the binary, recognize the talent. We are the creators. 

Submissions are open to everyone, near and far! (Submissions will be accepted until December 4th, simply email a photo of your work along with, the title, medium, date of creation, size if possible, and your name to olympiartcollective@gmail.com)

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