Overview

(b.1982) Portland, Oregon

Lives and works in Queens, NY

 

Combining the practice of appropriation with the tradition of the Renaissance copy, Chris Oh co-opts masterpieces from the Western canon in order to forge his own singular oeuvre. Drawing inspiration from daily life and the natural world, Oh meticulously renders these details onto a variety of found objects—from playing cards to crystals, book stacks, and shells. This combination of painting and the readymade creates unique curios that contemplate and explore aspects of time and the nature of being. All together, Oh’s work is a resurrection of art history. To view these delicate paintings is to see the artist recall some of the most sublime reflections on 15th and 16th-century life, and use them as mirrors through which to observe our own moment in time.
 

- Ariella Wollens

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Biography

Born 1982 Portland, Oregon

Lives and works in Queens, NY

 

EDUCATION

2004:  School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, B.F.A.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2024: Forthcoming, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY

2023: Passage, Capsule Shanghai, Shanghai, China

2021: Landscapes, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY 

2020: Esprit, solo presentation at Independent, New York, NY

2018: Interiors, Sargent's Daughters, New York, NY

2016: PLAYS, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024: Forthcoming, Soho Revue Gallery, London, UK

2023: Portal, Arusha Gallery London, UK

2023: Pictures Girls Make: Portraitures, curated by Alison Gingeras, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA. 

2023: Snakes in the Grass, Newchild Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

2023: Homo Angelicus, Snow Gallery, New York, NY

2022: Now I am a lake, curated by Rose Nestler, Public Gallery, London, UK

2022: The Views, curated by Zoe Fisher, Moskowitz Bayse, Los Angeles, CA

2022: In Search of the Miraculous, curated by Jonathan Rider, Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY

2021: Nine Lives, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY 

2021: Desire Encapsulated, Make Room, Los Angeles, CA

2021: Interiors, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY

2021: Balloons Dropping from a Ceiling Fan, curated by Morgan Blair, Left Field Gallery, CA

2021: Hunters in the Snow, curated by Fortnight Institute at 303 Gallery, New York, NY

2020: Painting is Panting’s Food: Art History as Muse, curated by Alison Gingeras, South Etna, Montauk, NY

2019: GARDEN, Shrine/Sargent’s Daughters, New York, NY

2019: The Views: Paintings of Windows, Fisher Parrish Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2018: Life Expectancy, curated by Joseph Dolinsky, SSD, New York, NY

2018: The Ashtray Show, Fisher Parrish Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2018: A Tree Falls in the Woods, curated by FMLY Projects, Hashimoto Contemporary, CA

2017: Timeshare, curated by Eden Deering and Sydney Fishman, Zaha Hadid 520 West 28th Street, New York, NY

2017: Another Man’s Treasure, Edward Ressle Gallery, New York, NY

2017: The Paperweight Show, Fisher Parrish Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2016: Summer Reading, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY

2016: Painter Production Parity, Small Editions, Brooklyn, NY

2016: Subcurrent, Galerie Manque, Brooklyn, NY

2015: Philip H Ashley & Chris Oh, Safe Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2015: Days Have Gone By, Galerie Manque, Brooklyn, NY

2015: Maybe I’m Amazed, curated by Sorry Archive, Knockdown Center, Maspeth, NY

2015: Chris Oh, Andy Mister, Eric Elms, Heath West, Joe Garvey, Freight Elevator, Brooklyn, NY

2015: Salon Society 2, Salon Society, Brooklyn, NY

2015: Take It Easy, Dubrovnik Contemporary, Dubrovnik, Croatia

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

White, Katie. "One-to-Watch Chris Oh Replicates Classic Renaissance Imagery Onto Geodes, Shells, and Other Natural Forms to Uncanny Effect." Artnet. July 14, 2023. Online.

Wetzler, Katie. “The Renaissance is Having a Renaissance.” The New York Times Style Magazine. July 10, 2023. Online.

Wise, Louis. “The Renaissance, reborn.” Financial Times. December 13, 2022. Online.

Lakin, Max. “Chris Oh.” Artforum. February 1, 2022. Online. 

Wei, Lilly. “Chris Oh.” Sculpture Magazine. December 10, 2021. Online. 

Cascone, Sarah. “Editor’s Picks: 14 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From a Hand-Drawn Film on Mythological Beasts to a Talk on Artemisia Gentileschi.” ArtNet. November 9, 2021. Online. 

Armstrong, Annie. “This Summer, New York Art is Magic, Mystic and Uncanny.” Cultured. August 12, 2021. Online. 

Fateman, Johanna. “Nine Lives.” The New Yorker. August 9, 2021. Online. 

“Podcast: Chris Oh.” Humor and the Abject. April 29, 2018. Online. 

Garner, Alex. Reviews: Alex Garner on Chris OhArtforum. April, 2018: 186. Print.

Sokol, Zach, Across the Spectrum of Taste: In Conversation with Chris Oh, Art in America, Jan 12, 2017 (print and online).

Gallery: Chris Oh, Let's Panic Issue 04. Fall/Winter 2017: 206-7.

Oh, Chris, Codex, Melbourne: Heavy Time Books, 2016. Print.

New World Unltd. New York: Social Malpractice Publishing, 2016.

Cover RATs #2, Melbourne: Heavy Time Books, 2016: 38-41. Print.

Carney, Sean J Patrick, "I'll Have What Chris Oh is Smoking", seanjosephpatrickcarney.com, 2015

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