Project: A human(e) matter

A human(e) matter is an umbrella concept comprised of performances, objects and videos concerned with global capital’s alienating effects on our consciousness through materiality and labor. With humor, pathos and an interest in craft and industrial production, this project forms parafictions that are absurd and dead serious. Jeanine Oleson is working with an ensemble in live performances and videos that enact compositions based on the idea of conduction that is material, musical, and social and referencing experimental music, physical labor and speech acts. A recent 3D video and related objects also focused on material transformation of copper and clay, troubling how images and sound are made and transmitted. An upcoming iteration includes a new video, performance, musical instruments, glass, weavings and images about absurdist production cycles and abstracted materiality. The video, shot in caves and mines in New Mexico, will follow a production cycle of copper into a wire factory and into a power grid.

Awardee: Jeanine Oleson

Visual Arts, 2015

Jeanine Oleson is an artist whose practice incorporates interdisciplinary uses of performance, photography, film/video and installation work. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Rutgers University. Oleson has exhibited at venues including SculptureCenter, New Museum, MOMA/PS1, White Columns, Art In General, Socrates Sculpture Park and Exit Art in NY; Commonwealth & Council and L.A.C.E. in Los Angeles; Beta-Local, San Juan, PR; and Grand Arts in Kansas City, MO. Oleson received a Franklin Furnace Fellowship and a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant in 2009; Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Regrant, 2008 and 2009; and a Professional Development Fellowship, College Art Association, 1999-2000. She has been a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony and in residence at The New Museum, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and Smack Mellon Studio Program. Oleson is an Assistant Professor at Parsons the New School for Design.