Opening Reception
June 2, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
June 8-10, 2:00 - 6:00 PM
or by appointment, eostrand@mail.ucsd.edu

Visual Arts Facility, Gallery
University of Caliiornia San Diego

Erika Ostrander's thesis exhibition, O World, I cannot hold thee close enough, at the UC San Diego, is the culmination of artistic work that explores material-based process that abstracts the body. Ostrander's work refers to the idea of a body less contained by examining the structures that define and protect bodies, using materials to represent a continuous line that binds her to the Other; the world outside the self. Exploring connectedness through material illustrates Chris Tilley’s idea that, people make things, and things make people. The process of connecting materially is a way to understand the present moment. Ostrander uses dead hair, animal tissue, paper waste, salt, burlap and iconic myths to describe the continuity that binds past and present. She creates a language without words, the stories and movements that are transmitted through the body over time. Generations of humans reenact a corporeal and visceral connectedness to one another, and Ostrander's work seeks to give these stories form.

This exhibition explores the abstraction of the body through a series of tapestry-like wall works, bulbous cysts of floor sculptures, and other found materials. Wall works, entitled Compression, feel like a body suspended in time. The surface of the work becomes a topography, a palimpsest of its own making. The sculptures, look like skin sacks in one moment and rocks the next. The exhibition as a whole jumps back and forth between interior and exterior, suspending the viewer in a space where things fall apart as soon as they come together. The work shows the process of its making, as if the momentum could continue and then disappear any moment.

 

Artist website: www.erikaostrander.com