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Julia Oldham Talk:
The Ghost Bird and Other Tales

Video artist Julia Oldham will share tales of her recent explorations of the swamps and sloughs of South Florida as part of Artists in Residence in the Everglades. She will also talk about her childhood obsession with ghost stories and graveyards.

The Art Gym will present MOTHER, featuring Roxanne Jackson and Julia Oldham, from January 17, 2017 through March 18, 2017. Jackson’s craft-based sculptures and Oldham’s drawings and videos delve into the dualities of creation and destruction, beauty and the grotesque, and transfiguration and deformation. Each artist generates her own magical dream world, with creatures both real and imagined, to explore the relationship between humans and animals through narrative and folklore.

As part of the Art Gym’s PNW Context programming, this exhibition is one of an ongoing series that connects artists of the Pacific Northwest with artists and curators outside of the region. These programs broaden and deepen connections for regional artists as well as provide a context for art-making that is national to international. Local viewers experience work from artists outside the region, and regional artists are brought to the attention of art audiences beyond the Pacific Northwest. PNW Context creates a dialogue around ideas, methods, materials and processes.

Julia Oldham lives and works in Eugene, Oregon. Her work has been screened/exhibited at Art in General in New York, NY; MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, NY; Portland Art Museum in Portland, OR; P.P.O.W. in New York, NY; The Drawing Center in New York, NY; the Bronx Museum of the Arts in the Bronx, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL; Espaço3 in Lisbon, Portugal; Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA; Dia Art Foundation at the Hispanic Society in New York, NY; the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC; and Nunnery Gallery in London, UK; and she was included in the 2016 Portland Biennial, curated by Michelle Grabner. Her work has been supported by Artadia, the Fund for Art and Dialogue, New York, NY; Artist in the Marketplace at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY; Art in General, New York, NY; the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY; Outpost Artists Resources, Ridgewood, NY; Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, KY; the Oregon Arts Commission, Portland, OR; and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago, IL.