How do we recognize an individual and how we define a group within a social context or a surrounding space? My photography and video practices are rooted in these questions of perception and identity, explored visually and psychologically. The play between pattern and color creates a fluttering relationship between foreground and background, as well as two and three-dimensional space. Through a photographic based practice that includes elements of sculpture, painting, video and performance – my work examines how we perceive and register difference.
Meticulously constructed for the camera, the sets in my photographs usually depict life-size paper rooms, activated by still performances with human, paper-mache, and cutout figures. I began to create these photographs out of a frustration with portraiture and its innate ability to capture, name, and fix the subject. During my residency at CPW, I removed the body altogether and investigated the three most basic ways of mark-making, of delineating space: dots, connecting the dots (line) and connecting the lines (web). As an unexpected way to (re)see Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Nets, the web shape emerged as a totalizing yet minimal way to define space and to locate identity.
Gina Osterloh (Los Angeles, CA) received her MFA from the University of California Irvine. She is the recipient of several fellowships including UC Irvine’s Diversity Fellowship and was a Fulbright Scholar in Manila, Philippines from 2007-2008, during which she created a new body of photographs that depicted spaces made from everyday office paper used in Manila. During this time, Osterloh also researched conceptual artist practices in the Philippines and curated the exhibition Minimum Yields Maximum, which presented conceptual and political works from the Philippines, Vietnam, and California, at Monte Vista Projects LA. Her work has been exhibited worldwide including solo exhibitions at Photo Espana (Madrid, Spain), the Workplace Gallery (Gateshead, UK), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA), among others, and groups exhibitions at the Helene Baily Gallery (Paris, FR) and LACE (Los Angeles, CA), among others. She has also been featured in several publications with featured work reviewed in Art in America, Hyphen Magazine, Art Asia Pacific, Asian Art News, Art Monthly Australia, Art on Paper, Giant Robot, the LA Times, Art Forum Online & Art Practical. Osterloh is represented by the François Ghebaly Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) and Silverlens Gallery (Manila, Phillippines). Gina Osterloh was an artist-in-residence at CPW in September of 2011.