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February 11, 2003 to May 4, 2003

Phases of Conception: Recent Paintings by Alice Oh

Presented new site-specific work and four new paintings in her Phases of Conception series inspired by her fascination with biology and micro-organisms. Carefully selected forms from nature, ranging from cell samples of blood to microscopic views of plants and berries allowed Oh to explore her interest in the minute details of nature that bind all organic material.  Another major influence on her work was color theory and the work of the 19th century painter Pierre Bonnard as an important source of inspiration.

Oh’s site specific work for the PAA will extended the themes behind the Phases of Conception series. Oh manipulated the elliptical motif predominant in previous works by using new materials to continue the forms off the two-dimensional canvas and onto the floor, walls, and ceiling of the gallery. The new paintings and the installation were an exploration of the elliptical form in both material as well as hue, value, and saturation.

Alice Oh was born in Seoul, Korea and received her MFA from Yale University in 1994.  She has had solo exhibitions at: Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, PA (2002); Gallery 817, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia (2002); Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia (2000); Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art (2000); and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE (2000). Group exhibitions include: Keisho,  Keisho Art Center, Keisho, Japan (2000); Nexus and Just Made, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art (2000, 1999); Faculty Exhibition, Levy Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia (1998); Color Scheme, Axis Gallery, Philadelphia (1997); and Images,  Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA (1996).

Oh is a 2000 recipient of a Visual Artist Award from the Pew Fellowships in the Arts. She has also received the Seedling Grant (2000) and a Window of Opportunity Award (1999) from the Leeway Foundation. Oh works and resides in Philadelphia and is Assistant Professor at the Moore College of Art and Design.


Tags: installation, painting