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Laila M Ozols-Gillespie
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Red Hook



ARTIST STATEMENT: My artistic practice focuses on participatory/ happening installations/ environments that incorporate sculpture with photography, video and paintings and have a component of audience / viewer collaboration/ participation. Site-specific environments are created, linking local history and culture with edible sculptures and cathartic collaborative destructive elements, often with guest participants that are role-playing with their own agendas. The installations are continually changed throughout their duration, through audience participation without the artist’s involvement. The effect of natural and created landscape and the perception of normal is explored through the creation of environments that are shifted slightly from expected norms creating a disjuncture. Edible sculptures are created that play with the psychological aspects of their shape and the personal and historical context their colors and flavors evoke. The sculptures being consumed have flavors that do not correspond with the associated flavors of those colors. The theoretical historic tension between sculpture and painting, in combination with collaborative, cathartic, acts of destruction and creation with the formation of new landscapes is also explored. The audience consumes these edible sculptures, change their topography while experiencing internally the conflicting contrasts between color, flavor and their own internal expectations. I create works that subtly call into question the perception of natural and urban landscapes as unchanging, eternal and self-regulating, untouched by man or normative in function.
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ARTIST RESUME:


EDUCATION
2007- 2009 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Mason Gross School of the Arts, NJ
Masters of Fine Art
2006 University of the Arts London, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, UK
Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art
1994-1999 Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, Canada
BFA, Honors Printmaking

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2009 InPosition, The Project Space at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Half Life, The Project Space at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES AND INSTALLATIONS
2010 InDiscipline IV, Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI
The Museum of Urban Design, Redhook, Brooklyn, NY
Liquid Assets, Small Sculpture Space, Brooklyn, NY
2009 InDiscipline III, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Release, Jersey Shore, Bayhead, NJ
InDiscipline II, The Project Space at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
2008 InDiscipline I, The Project Space at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2009 coLAB film festival, Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ
Happy Endings, Mason Gross Galleries at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
2008 Doppleganger, Mason Gross Galleries at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
2007 MFA Show, Mason Gross Galleries at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
The Nature of Duality, Justice William Brennan Court House, Jersey City, NJ
International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
2006 Landmarks, Lethaby Gallery, Central St. Martin’s School of Art, London, UK
Growbag, The Art Pavilion, Bethnal Green, London, UK
I’ll Show You Mine, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK
Chelsea Goes To Camberwell, Sun and Doves Gallery, London, UK
TSF, The Triangle Gallery, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK
The Mobile Locker Show, Venues in SW1, London, UK
New Works, Chelsea College of Art and Design Library, London, UK
2005 Ontario Crafts Council 2005 Award Winners Exhibition, Designers Walk, Toronto
Opus 05, The Other Gallery, The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada
Creations du Livre Papier au Livre d’Art, Nebian, France
To Have and To Hold: Art You Can Touch, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, MN
2004 The Human Animal, Zypr Gallery, Toronto, Canada
US Assoc. of Hand Papermakers Salon, Southwest School of Art & Craft, TX
The Shaw Show of Artists & Artisans, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
Queen West Art Crawl, Trinity-Bellwoods Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2003 Cambridge Galleries Juried Exhibition, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Canada
Distillery District Annual Outdoor Art Show, The Distillery District, Toronto
Square Foot, A.W.O.L. Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2002 Art for Art’s Sake, The Distillery District, Toronto, Canada
2000 Arts in the Square, Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New Zealand
1998 Printmaking Exhibition, Gallery 59, Belleville, Canada
1997 Remembrance, OCAD Atrium, Toronto, Canada

AWARDS/ SCHOLARSHIPS/ RESIDENCIES
2010 OxBow Artist’s Residency, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Saugatuck, MI
OxBow Residency Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Saugatuck, MI
2007-2009 Teaching Scholarship, Contemporary Art Seminar, 2D, Sculpture, Rutgers University
2008 Visiting Artist in Papermaking, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
2005 Ontario Crafts Council Award, Toronto, Canada
Meldahl Scholarship, Paper and Book Arts Intensive, Steamboat Springs, CO
Congress Scholarship, National Assoc. of Hand Papermakers, Salt Lake City, UT
1999 Ontario College of Art & Design Awards, Toronto, Canada:
Best of Graduating Year in Printmaking Award 1999
Printmaking Book Arts Award
1998 Ontario College of Art & Design Awards, Toronto, Canada:
Papermaking Award
Friends of OCAD Award for 3rd Year Printmaking
Printmaking Bookbinding Award
Printmaking Award, Honorable Mention in Intaglio

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
2004 Latvian National Archive, Riga, Latvia
1999 National Library of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Toronto Metropolitan Reference Library Special Collections, Toronto, Canada
Dorothy Hoover Library, Toronto, Canada

REVIEWS
07/17/04 “The Song Festival’s Art Show in Toronto”, D. Dzirne-Shafer, Latvia in America, pg.3.
08/16/03 “Beyond the Oil Painting”, C. Hutsul, Toronto Star, H Section. pg.1.

BLOGS
2010 museumofurbandesign.wordpress.com
artecoculture.wordpress.com

CURATORIAL PROJECTS
2010 Small Sculpture Space, Redhook, Brooklyn, NY
Small ephemeral sculptures shown on a pedestal on a street in Brooklyn.
2006 Once A Month, Chelsea College of Art and Design Library, London, UK
Ten artists created mail art postcards and exchanged them once a month for a year.
2002 The Inaccessible Art Show, Toronto, New York, and New Zealand
Fourteen artist’s works were displayed in a traveling art show that allows individuals
who do not go to galleries to see art in their workplace, homes and streets.
1999 Space 1999, Editor and Publisher, Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, Canada
Limited edition anthology of OCAD prints comprised of relief, intaglio, serigraphy,
lithography and hand made paper works. Hardbound with a handmade paperwork
of the universe utilized for the cover made by the editor. 132 pages, edition of 100.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2007-2009 Instructor Contemporary Art Seminar, 2D & Sculpture, Rutgers University, NJ
Intern Print & Paper, Brodsky Innovative Center for Editions, New Brunswick, NJ
2006 Teacher 3D Papermaking, Sheridan College of Art & Design Oakville, Canada
2001-2004 Teacher’s Assistant Book Arts, Print & Papermaking, Ontario College of Art & Design
2001 Intern, Dieu Donné Gallery & Paper Mill, New York, NY
Work Study, The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY
2000 Intern, Don Hampshire Master Bookbinder, Christchurch, New Zealand
2000-2001 Research on Papermaking and Printmaking Techniques, South Asia and Pacific



 








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