Carola Compa and AJ Oishi
Exhibition continues to April 10, 2019
Introducing the paintings of AJ Oishi, this US based artist incorporates the use of thousands of equally measured circles of paint that radiate in color apparitions from a bull’s eye composition. AJ’s art making employs her science background with a drive to exude an emotive inner response to her outside experiences.
Kostuik Gallery is equally pleased to to introduce the ceramic works of Argentina based Carola Compa. Based on her studies in Architecture, it is the shapes that arise from the trace of imaginary lines- they are the invisible record for her of the movement in time. The movements emerge from the perception of her body, her bones exploring the space, hence her forms much resemble those of skeletal structures.
View Artworks below
My life has been one of constant change and adaptation, both unsettling and exciting conditions by which one can still grow and thrive, but that can make it difficult to anticipate outcome and overall direction. Consequently I am intrigued by all that can be controlled. My fiber-based work has, in itself, characteristics derived by this reality such as fragility, tension, elasticity and equilibrium, and only through a precision-based controlled execution, my work comes to life and tells a story that has a clear beginning and an end in sight.
Born: 1978, Italy
2019Gallery 924, Arts Council of Indianapolis, USA
2016There is a child in me!, iMOCA Indianapolis, USA
2015Ichinen, Kuaba Gallery, Indianapolis, USA
2010 “Fili Conduttori”, Gallery Studio, Milan
2009 “Linealineapuntolinea, SuperstudioPiu, By Glores Sandri, Milan
2008“trame astratte”, Varart Gallery, By Vanna Razzolini Vichi, Florence
Contemporary Art, By Giorgio Bonomi, Milan
Palazzo dei Sette Museum, By Giorgio Bonomi, Orvieto, Italy
2018Auction, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Conduit Gallery, Project Room, Dallas, USA
Axis Architecture, iMOC, Indianapolis, USA
2016The Future Past, By Anne Surak, Art+Place, Central State Hospital, Indianapolis, USA
2015Temporary Suburban, By Michelle Grabner, IMA Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, USA
2013Benefit Auction, World Childhood Foundation, Italy
“The Masks We Wear”, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London
2012Italian Artists in Monte Carlo
East Wing X, Courtauld Institute or Art, London
Milan Jam, By Day and Gluckman, Collier Bristow Space, London Art Fair, Kunstart 12, Bolzano, Italy
“About Women”, Galleria Studio, Milan
2010 Quipus, Fiber Art Exhibition, Rossano, Italy
“Eastern and Western traditions linked by a Washi paper thread”, Tokyo, Milan
2009“Plaza- 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall Fall, in collaboration with the Foreign Consulates of Milan, J &G Art Studio Gallery, Milan
CONmunication, Nhow Hotel, Milan
2008“Trame”- Kairos, Galleria d’ arte contemporanea, By Cristina Marinelli Catanzaro, Italy
“Cristalli di Rocca”, By Giorgio Bonomi, Rocca Grimalda, Italy
Masters of Brera, Hai Su Art Museum, Shanghai
2011India Art Summit, Stark Projects, New Delhi
2010Art Fair, Kunstart 12, Bolzano, Italy
2009 ST’ART, Strasbourg
Art Elysees, Paris
Bergamo Arte Fiera, Bergamo, Italy
Kunstart, Bolzano, Italy
2008FRIEZE ART FAIR, London
2007Fine Art & Antiques Fair, Dubai
Cornice, Venice International Art Fair, Venice
Cummins Inc. Indianapolis, USA
Gandini Fasterners, Milan, Italy
Collezione Manuli, Milan Italy
Press Release title – View
The Paper Trail
Every, single, day was spent in hope. Waiting for the postman to arrive with a letter that I had anticipated for days, even weeks for. Joy,or disappointment? What would this day bring? Running down the driveway, having caught a glimpse of the delivery car – only to be left disenchanted as I trudge back empty handed. Day after day seemed like a test of patience until finally, a letter in hand at long last. An insurmountable joy ushered me back to the house.
Guided by my jittery hand, the letter-knife seamlessly sliced through the envelope – my heartbeat erratic in anticipation of those first few words. Often reading the letter would be delayed, overtaken and overwhelmed by a wave of memories from a few pictures, tiny paper hearts or even a waft of perfume spilling out like treasures from a memory bank. Those glorious words read like a screenplay, attentive to every detail, this was an alliance between both your thoughts and the writer’s. Read on numerous occasions, all those cherished and priceless letters remain in my possession till this very day.
Read More ...
My project, The Paper Trail, looks at the fading art of letter writing, age-old styles of penmanship that have spirited away – and the aftermath the rapid decline of these traditions has had on society. Giving the public a taste of nostalgia and romanticism, and at the same time, providing a platform for writing that first letter, The Paper Trail aims to rejuvenate a seemingly obsolete form of communication. A number of factors have led to the vast reduction of handwritten letters, tracing back to 1972 with the introduction of electronic mail. The continued growth within the communication sector has now seen the world seeded with 6 hundred million user accounts since social media’s launch in 1997. While speedy communication may be integral for success in today’s business, these modern-day styles has profoundly affected the way people engage with one another.
We now see groups of friends at restaurants, each occupied with their mobile devices, while families at home often text message each other from room to room. Intimate moments we could have shared with our family, friends, loved ones or even strangers are lost forever and unless we begin a conscious effort to save some of the older, traditional methods of engagement we will essentially turn into a society of robots, incapable of eye-contact, glued to our devices, incapable of human interest, enslaved to and perhaps by technology.
The captivating letterbox portraits of The Paper Trail take us into a journey, a long walk down memory lane. Decades of local history forged together through the telescope of modern vision, has created this series of richly storied, beautifully textured imagery.