Rod Bianco is proud to present TRANSITIONS: TRANSATLANTIC TREATMENTS, a group exhibition with a transitory dialogue on America; the images, influences and interactions that informs the rest of the world. How is todays political climate shaping the relationship between the individual and the collective? With an increasing emphasis being put on the singular experience in the public conversation, all of the artists reflect upon the tensions between the individual and society through a different approach to the subject matter. The exhibition includes contributions by Brian Kokoska, Darja Bajagic, Eliza Douglas, Ida Ekblad, Jon Rafman, Juliana Huxtable, Kaari Upson and Matias Kiil.
Brian Kokoska (b. 1988), Vancouver, Canada
Brian Kokoska graduated with a BFA, from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver. He is known for his monochrome installation with figurative paintings often depict monsters in pastel colors. The figures occupy an explicitly uncomfortable space in his works that is sexual, abject, crass and comic. Kokoska is showing three paintings and a triptych sculpture created specifically for the exhibition.
Kokoska has been shown at Línconnue, Montreal (2017); Ashes/Ashes, Los Angeles (2016); Valentin, Rome (2016); Ohmydays in Singapore (2016); LOYAL, Stockholm (2015); Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York and Brussels (2015), among others. His work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as White Columns in New York, Musee des Bonnes Arts Mons, and Maine College of Art’s ICA in Portland.
Darja Bajagic (b. 1990), Podgorica, ME
Montenegro born, New York based artist Darja Bajagic incorporated pornographic imagery and aerial killer “murderabilia” in her works. Bajagics artworks opens up to conversations on complex issues such as power struggles between the sexes, censorship, authorship, and the digital landscape. Her work elicits a broad spectrum of reactions and reviews that range from cautiously positive to harshly negative.
Bajagic has the last years been showing at Damnatio Memoriae, Kaleidoscope Spazzio Maocchi (2017), Milano; Unlimited Hate, Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, Austria (2016); Nobody Knows I'm Funny, Carlos/Ishikawa (2016); LondonanThe Offal Truth, New Galerie, Paris(2015), among others.
Eliza Douglas (b. 1984), New York
The German based artist Eliza Douglas is currently studying at Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main 2015-2017. She is an artist, musician and performer. She is most known for her large-scale paintings depicting the artist’s hands, often in combination with a pair of feet on a white background. The body may be lacking, but abstract expressionists brush strokes connects the figurative parts.
Eliza Douglas´ work have previous been shown at Anne Imhof, Galerie Buchloz, New York (2017); Overduin & Co, Los Angeles (2017); Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden (2017); My Gleaming Soul, 6 /12 Weeks, Folkwang Museum, Essen (2017); I am All Soul, Air de Paris, Paris (2016); Co-creator of music and performer, Anne Imhof: Faust, German Pavilion, Venice Biennale (2017), among others.
Ida Ekblad (b. 1980), Oslo, Norway
Ida Ekblad lives and works in Oslo, Norway, and has her education from Oslo National Academy of Arts and Mountain of Arts LA, USA. Her practice moves fluidly through painting, sculpture, performance and poetry. The expression in her work can be linked to a wide variety references as the Cobra artists, Situationism and Abstract Expressionism to pop cultural and subculture aesthetics. Ekblad works in a process-oriented manner, and her approach is often described as spontaneous and fearless.
Recent solo exhibitions include Karma International, Los Angeles (2016); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2015); Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (2015); Greene Naftali Gallery, New York (2014); National Museum of Norway-Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway (2013); West London Projects, London (2011); Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway (2010); Alessandro DeMarch, Milan (2009); and The Journal Gallery, New York (2009).
Jon Rafman (b. 1981), Montreal, Canada
After studying philosophy and literature, Jon Rafman got an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Rafman explores the social effects of digital media. The possibilities of internet and virtual platforms redefine and has an impact on peoples behavior and personal identity. His best-known work, Nine Eyes of Google Street View (2009–) can be looked at as a repository of images that bring to the fore the relationship between technology and human experience. Through all of his work, he's revealed the desires, contradictions, repressions and communities that flourished online.
Rafman has been shown at Sprut Magers, Berlin (2017); the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Munster (2016); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016); Berlin Biennial 9 (2016); Manifesta 11, Zurich (2016); Fridericianum, Kassel (2015); Biennale de Lyon (2015); Kunsthalle Wien (2015); The Zabludowicz Collection, London (2015); IMPAKT Festival, Utrecht (2014); The Fluidity Aspect, during the Today’s Art Festival in The Hague (2014); and in the group exhibition, Sid Lee Collective in Amsterdam (2011) among others.
Juliana Huxtable (b.1987), Bryan-Collage Station, Texas, US
Juliana Huxtable attended Bard Collage, Annendale-on-Hudson, New York, where she studies art, gender studies and human rights. She explores the intersection of race, gender and identity with a critiques existing social norms and categorical distinctions. Her way of portraying these subjects is within different medium as self-portraiture, text-based prints, performance, music, writing and social media. An example was when she began hosting a transgender-inclusive party named «Shock Value», that was both an art project and an occasion to dance.
Huxtable’s work has been featured at Reena Spaulings Fine Art (2017); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2015); MoMA PS1, New York (2014); White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York (2014); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2014); Frieze Projects, London (2014), among others.
Kaari Upson (b. 1972), California, US
Kaari Upson lives and work in LA and graduated from California Institute of Arts in 2003. Her practice spans true painting, sculpture, video, and artist books. She is known for exploring themes as psychoanalysis, obsession, memory and the body. The majority of Upson’s career has been devoted to a single series titled The Larry Project, that she began as a student which included paintings, installations, performances, and films inspired by a collection of one man's personal items she found in 2003.
Her works has been shown at The New Museum, New York (2017), Sprüth Magers, Berlin (2016); Massimo De Carlo, London (2016); Bergen Kunsthall (2016); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2016); 21er Haus, Vienna (2015); Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2015); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2013); Aspen Art Museum (2012); UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2007), among others.
Matias Kiil (b. 1994), Stavanger, Norway
Matias Kiil is currently based in Oslo where he is attending the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Kiil has a broad practice that spans over sculpture, performance and writing. With a poetic approach Kiil touches upon the tragedy and comedy in contemporary popular-culture.
He has previously exhibited at 89+ at New Gallerie, Paris (2017); Billedkunstnerne i Oslo og Akershus (2016); Performance with Recens Paper at The National Gallery of Norway; Contemporary Art Stavanger (2014) and worked with the artist collective Trollkrem.