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Olga Koumoundouros


Olga KoumoundourosArtist’s Statement

I make sculpture, installations and drawings that suggest an embodiment of American economic distribution and class mobility in space.

I think about the “single-family home” as rhetoric and look at the ideological construction of home ownership and its relationship to human sustenance. Vehicular forms build a metaphor for mobility and personal drive. By embodying legacies and socio-political realities, the objects become fused with the dynamics of human life.

The body is the point of entry into the psycho/emotional aspects of my work. By marking the use of bodies in, on and around an object, I embed a corporeal identity into the form and materials of the inanimate objects. Whether it is the body of the multitude in society or a specific body with a particular identity, the body is fused uncomfortably with the various impacts: anxiety, lethargy, fear, pride, bruising, numbness, etc. that occur through the economy of living in America today.

Additionally, I use text in my work. It is here I point to specific voices of constituents and clientele and conflate fictions with historical narratives to form a richer understanding of our various relationships to money.

Website: olgakoumoundouros.com

Biography

Select Solo Exhibitions from 2008-2011

2011
Poor Pension Math, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, Calif.

2010
Hard Times: Owed to Studs Terkel, Rogue Wave Project, LA Louver, Venice, Calif.

2009
Demand Management, REDCAT, Los Angeles

2008
The Unreposed, Adamski Gallery for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

Select Group Exhibitions from 2009-2012

2012
Crescent City Opera, designed dive bar set for opera with new music by Anne Le Baron and libretto by Douglas Kearney, Los Angeles

2011
Greater LA, curated by Benjamin Godsill, Eleanor Cayre and Joel Mesler, New York

2010
Accumulation of Mondays, Project Row Houses Round #33, Houston

2009
That’s All Folks: The Endless Clash Between Reason and Destiny, curated by Michel Dewilde and Jerome Jacobs, Stadshallen Belfort, Bruges, Belgium

Grants and Commissions

2011
Foundation for Contemporary Art, for exhibition Poor Pension Math, at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, Calif.

2009
Durfee Foundation, for exhibition Demand Management, at REDCAT, Los Angeles

2008
Creative Time, for exhibition Democracy in America, Park Avenue Armory, New York

EDUCATION

M.F.A., 2001
California Institute for the Arts, Valencia, Calif.

M.A., 1997
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

B.A., 1990
University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt.

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