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Karen Ostrom
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: My current practice with photography and video has developed out of a much larger photographic practice involving a series of tableaus about a fictional utopian/dystopian fishing village called Holiday in Hope, where I play ‘template’ characters (‘boy’ and ‘girl’) as a means to discuss socio and economic issues within the dynamics of a seaside industrial economy and what it means to construct a society born of idealism. Although still growing this project, I’m using it more effectively as a launching off point for related but also independent works in video, animation and installation that explore abstract and linear narrative structures based on the factory worker, labor, automation and gesture, and the idea of interconnectedness.

One of the primary characters in the village is the Glovemaker maker of the handglove, a morphed hand and latex glove. The handglove has become its own series of works, including tableaus, installations and animations. I am currently working on a cycloramic installation consisting of a series of animated fingerglove looping projections (variation of the handglove). Created for projection within a darkened room, the twenty or more animations are variations of V-etude#1 (see documentation video).

In an attempt to look more closely at some of the issues addressed in two of my cycloramic installations as well as to find a way of showing the work beyond the gallery experience, I reinterpreted them as animations. Smoking Gun was made for the project room at MOCCA in Toronto for the CONTACT Photography Festival in 2007. It was 5’ x 140’ and put the viewer amidst a stampede of sawhorses and the two characters playing a version of ‘Cowboys & Indians’. Big Game, 2005 was an installation based on a photograph taken by an unidentified photographer in Africa during the 30s of a showdown between a hunter and a lion and put the viewer in the precarious place of the original (unidentified) photographer. The animation enabled me to integrate the original photograph into my tableau version.

Although un-related to the core project, the video The End exemplifies and underscores my interest in narrative structures and is another direction I am taking my work in video. The End is the closing credits to a movie never made, however the credits play out 'in order of appearance' providing clues to the imagined cinematic experience.

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ARTIST RESUME:


KAREN OSTROM

2013……….Residency Fellowship with Instituto Sacatar, Bahia, Brazil
2013/14….Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NYC, Shift Artist Residency
2012………..Canada Council for the Arts Researth/Creation Grant
…………………MacDowell Colony Artist Residency Fellowship, Peterborough, NH
2011-12…..BRIC Media Arts Fellowship, Brooklyn, New York
2010………..1st Jury Prize, GIGUK International Film Festival, Geissen, Germany
…………………Fundación Valparaíso Residency Fellowship, Mojácar, Spain
2009………..Canada Council for the Arts Researth/Creation Grant
…………………MacDowell Colony Artist Residency Fellowship, Evelyn Stefansson Nef Fellow
2008…………..MacDowell Colony Artist Residency Fellowship, Peterborough, NH
2006…………..Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography,
………………………………………………………..Canada Council for the Arts,
…………………Canada Council for the Arts Researth/Creation Grant
2004………….Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Grant
…………………Canada Council for the Arts Researth/Creation Grant
2003………….MacDowell Colony Artist Residency Fellowship, Peterborough, New Hampshire
…………………Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency Fellowship, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
2001………….New York Foundation For the Arts Fellowship. Computer Arts.
2000………….Change Inc. Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Grant.

Solo and Project Spaces:
2013…………….Patent Pending, Installation of projected animations in collaboration
……………………………….with the Toronto based composers, Spectrum Music Collective
……………………………….for a live performance during the CONTACT Photography Festival
2007……………MoCCA, Toronto, Project Room: Smoking Gun,
……………………………….The Constructed Image CONTACT Photography Festival
2004……………Snake Show Project Space, New York, NY. Big Game
1995……………Annika Sundvik Gallery, New York, NY. This Is Not A Love Story
1994…………...Project Gallery, Vancouver, BC. Genders

Selected Group:
2013...........ARTE NO DOMÍNIO DE EROS, Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Feira de Santana, Brazil
......……………Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York City, November
2012……………Public talk & presentation, MacDowell Downtown, April 6,
……………………………….Peterborough Historical Society, Peterborough, NH
2011……………The Big Screen Plaza Video Screening, Organized by AD Projects
……………………………….6th Avenue between 29th & 30th Streets, New York City
………………….Bring to Light, Nuit Blanche New York 2011
………………….Reynolds Gallery, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, Manic II
………………….Brickhouse Gallery, Sacramento, California, Manic II
………………….Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA., Voxelvision 1.0, curated by Rachel Cook
2010……………GIGUK 2010 International Film Festival, Geissen, Germany
………………….Crown Heights Film Festival, Brooklyn, New York
………………….Inspired, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, NY.
……………………………….Curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody
…………………..One Minute Film & Video Festival, Aarua, Switzerland
………………….Making Tracks; A screening of art videos aboard VIA Rail’s Ocean Train
………………………………. between Halifax and Montreal; Organized by The Khyber ICA,
………………………………. VIA Rail & Nova Scotia Tourism & Culture
…………………. Extremely Shorts 13th Annual Film Festival
………………………………. Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX
…………………. The Things We Do, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Vancouver B.C.
2009……………ArtSpace, Hartford Connecticut, Maniac I
…………………..Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, Loyoal University, New Orleans
2008……………Liverpool Biennial, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK.
2007……………Osilis Gallery, Concordia College, New York, Body & Soul
2005…………..Collaborative Concepts, Beacon, New York,
……………………………….Flow: Navigating the Super Paridigm
………………….Para-Site, Beacon, New York, Now Showing
………………….Red Clay Gallery, Project Diversity, Brooklyn, NY.
……………………..Random Occurrences: Deconstructing Images, Icons, & Identity
………………….Snake Show Project Space, New York, NY.
……………………………….My Life Began at Conception
………………….International Center of Photography, New York, NY. Staff Show
2003……………Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Inside Out,
………………….Irish Museum of Modern, Web exhibition Art Net.Art 2003
………………….JAVAMuseum: Net Art from Canada, Web exhibition
2002…………..Colgate University, Hamilton New York, Meta-Forms
………………….Exit Art, New York, NY. Reactions
2001……………Gale Gates Gallery, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY. Colaboratory
2000……………American Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria “3:00 A.M.”
………………….Traveling exhibition: Le Pont Gallery, Aleppo, Syria;
……………………………….Arab Cultural Center, Raqqa, Syria; Lattakia, Syria
1999……………Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY., Hanging Instructions
………………….Spectra Digital Gallery, New York, NY., Digital Art
………………….Kingsborough College, Long Island, NY., Hanging Instructions
1998……………Pedestrian Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida . Video Festival
………………….450 Broadway, New York, NY., You’ve Got A Hot Ass
………………….473 Broadway, New York, NY., 99-44/100% Pure
………………….Islip Art Museum, Islip NY., Carriage House Projects ’98
………………….Islip Art Museum, Islip NY., About Face: Investigating the snapshot
………………….Forman Gallery, Hartwick College, Oneonta NY., Artists Look At Gender
1997……………Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY., Artists in the Market Place 1997, (AIM)
………………….Kenkeleba House, New York, NY., Reflecting Pool
1996……………Broad St., New York, NY., Art fair, Annika Sundvik Gallery
1995……………Hunter College West Gallery, New York, NY. Thesis exhibition
………………….Hunter College West Gallery, New York, NY. CAA Alt. Exhibition
1991……………Rogue Gallery, Victoria, BC., Negative and Positive Spaces
………………….Douglas Exchange, Victoria, BC., Douglas Exchange
………………….Perel Gallery, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
………………….M-Gallery, University of Victoria, Baby Doll House
1990……………M-Gallery, University of Victoria, Abandoned Treasures.
1989……………McPhearson Gallery, University of Victoria Library Gallery


2paragraphs, July 2013
Musical Toronto, June 1, 2013
CONTACT Festival finale: Patent Pending leaves us in satisfying shadows of doubt
Performance review by John Terauds
Maniac 2: Hit by the Eidolon, Catalogue (Capture is reproduced), June 2011
Abstraction as phenomenal Experience, Essay by Thyrza Nichols Goodeve
Arts & Antiques, December 2010, The Glovemaker in context of book review
Mary: At Home with the Mother of God, by Judith Dupre, published Fall 2010 by Random House: The Glovemaker is printed and contextualized into a the larger narrative about Joseph
The Coast, Halifax Nova Scotia, July 29, 2010, Exhibition Review:
Rail Life: The Kyber’s new exhibition, Making Tracks, brings contemporary video art to VIA Rail Travelers. By Laura Kenins
The New York Times, August 6, 2010, Exhibition Review: “Inspired”
by Ken Johnson
Wall Street Journal, New York, July 15, 2010; Exhibition Review:
Familiar Photographs Re-imagined, by Alexandra Cheney
Scallywag & Vagabond, New York, July 16, 2010:
Review: Steven Kasher Gallery presents, ‘Inspired’, by Victor Fanale
Georgia Straight, Vancouver BC. The Things We Do – group show
explores transgression and hybridity, By Robin Laurence, June 1, 2010
The Peak, Vol. 135; Issue 4, Vancouver BC, To be Imps of the Perverse,
by Adam Crisobal, May 31, 2010
Contact: Photographic Culture, Catalogue MOCCA,
Essay by Sophie Hackett, Toronto, 2007
Canadian Press, Wire: Review, Victoria Ahearn, May 7, 2007
CBC, National News, May 7, 2007; [Interview]
Globe & Mail, Exhibition Review, Toronto, Canada, May 5, 2007, Sarah Milory
Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Summer 2004 (29:4)
University of Chicago Press (cover image & bio)
CBC Radio; North by NorthWest Interview, British Columbians In Exile, 2000
Hanging Instructions: Catalogue, Longwood Art Gallery/Kingsborough College,
Essay by Lillian Wai, 1999
New York Arts Magazine Issue #28 January 1999, Studio Visit by Andrea Mihalovic.
Time Out New York Issue #153 August 27-September 3, 1998,
"Projects 98" review by Bill Arning.
Cover Magazine October 1998, "Projects 98" review by Amy Todd.
New York Times Sunday, July 19, 1998, "About Face", by Helen A. Harrison.
Boulevard Magazine, Bay Publishing, Victoria, BC. April 1991
 








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