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Jenny O'Dell and Jason Hoelscher at Montserrat

  • Montserrat Galleries 23 Essex St Beverly, MA 01915 (map)

Contemporary Cocktail is an informal event hosted in the Galleries, that pairs a recognized visiting artist, art professionals and scholars, and curators in conversation. This event will pair interdisciplinary artist Jenny O'Dell with painter and scholar, Jason Hoelscher in conversation with Montserrat Galleries' Associate Curator of Exhibitions and Programs, Pam Campanaro. 

Jenny O'Dells work combines the mining of online imagery with writing and research, usually in an attempt to highlight the material nature of our modern networked existence. Because her practice involves collecting, tagging and cataloguing, she has often been compared to a natural scientist – specifically, a lepidopterist. O’Dell meticulously researches discarded objects in an effort to show their embeddedness and persistence in everyday networks. In doing so, her work inhabits an obsessive archeological approach to the present. An abbreviated version latest project, "The Bureau of Suspended Objects" is currently on view in the Montserrat Gallery through April 2, 2016. 

Jason Hoelscher is an educator, painter and writer based in southeast Georgia, where he presently serves as the Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Georgia Southern University. Hoelscher's paintings deal first and foremost with the articulation and negotiation of opposed qualities. A slow medium in a fast culture, much of the interest and tension in contemporary painting arises from its initial condition as paint, as a culture-form traditionally encoded for a slow, interpretive read. His goal is to embrace this differential tension by making paintings primed for both short attention span, fast-glance information intake, and to considered interpretations of their contingent positions within the larger networked systems of artistic discourse.

Hoelscher is currently pursuring his PhD at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA) in aesthetic philosophy and art theory. He is am currently working on my dissertation, titled "Information Phenomenology: Art, Ambient Computation, and Complex Adaptive Systems Aesthetics".

Wine and delicious italian treats from Gloria’s will be provided! Please join us!

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Earlier Event: March 15
Jenny O'Dell at Montserrat
Later Event: March 22
Barbara Bosworth at MassArt