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MOTHER: Roxanne Jackson and Julia Oldham

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.

Roxanne Jackson is a ceramic artist and mixed-media sculptor living in Brooklyn, NY. Her macabre works are black-humored investigations of the links between transformation, myth, and kitsch. Press for her work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, the New York Times, Gothamist, Sculpture Center Curators’ Notebook, Beautiful/Decay, ArtSlant, Brooklyn Magazine, The L Magazine, Eyes Towards the Dove, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Ireland, and New Ceramics, among others. She has been an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Wassaic Project, the Center for Ceramics Berlin, Hunter College, Chashama: chaNorth, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Oregon College of Art and Craft, and the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China, funded by an NCECA International Residency Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in New York at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Honey Ramka, Lu Magnus, Denny Gallery, Orgy Park, Regina Rex, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, Outlet, 99 Cent Plus Gallery, the Parlour Bushwick, Brooklyn Academy of Music, English Kills, BRIC, and Airplane Gallery, as well as at the Satellite Art Show in Miami Beach, FL; the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, PA; the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis, MN; the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME; the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ; and more. She has shown in China, Portugal, Romania, Canada, and such cities as London, Berlin, and Leipzig. Most recently, her work has been included in Salon Zürcher in Paris, France, and shown at Mathilde Hatzenberger Gallery in Brussels, Belgium. Jackson is the cofounder of Nasty Women, a national/international art exhibition and fundraising project; and Heather Metal Parking Lot, a nocturnal outdoor (heavy) metal party held each summer at the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY.

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.