Form + Content Showcases Immigrants in America
Review: Steve Ozone’s Interrupted Landscapes
Local photographer Steve Ozone captures interior lives in exterior settings at Form + Content.
Steve Ozone's incredible immigrant photography
What it’s about: Steve Ozone has immersed himself in an exploration of the immigrant experience through portraiture and oral-history interviews with recent transplants.
City Pages This week's must-see art shows
What it's about: Four Twin Cities-based artists offer perspectives on the immigrant communities that call Minnesota home in an exhibition that's as diverse aesthetically as the communities that make up the subject matter. Selma Fernandez Richter, Pao Her, Mohamud Mumin, and Steve Ozone each have created artwork that evokes their rich understanding of different immigrant groups in which they are immersed in, resulting in photographic work that illuminates the "New Americans" living here.
Why you should go: Throughout the history of Western art, much of the documentation of non-white culture has been taken on by outsiders: American or European anthropologists, artists, photographers, and other documenters. With "The New Americans‚" four artists who are from immigrant communities themselves have taken on the task of capturing moments that shed light on those cultures, offering a perspective that is both objective and rich with layered understanding. Come support these artists and get a nuanced look at immigrant communities.
The New Americans at MCAD Gallery
What the State Fair art show says about Minnesotans
Or Steve Ozone’s faceless portrait of “James Conaway, Artist,” a man concealed behind the paint-flecked hands by which he earns his living.
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Winter Blooms On The Minneapolis Gallery Scene by Mary Abbe, Star Tribune
The best is Steve Ozone’s “Duck Paw,” a bizarre close-up of a duck foot positioned like an albino dowager’s wrinkled hand extended for a kiss. A show stopper at the State Fair, the “paw” retains its creepy sizzle.
St. Paul Pioneer Press Wintertide at Public Functionary
Wintertide at Public Functionary by Erik Ritter Minneapolis Art Examiner
Another striking image among the strong overall sampling of photographers is Duck Paw by Stephen Ozone. The closeup of this appendage makes a visual connection to the human form, and leaves an indelible impression on the mind of the viewer. It is hard to not reinvestigate the relationship of human beings and nature after viewing the work.
Instinct Gallery Review by Camille LeFevre
by Camille LeFevre October 8, 2013
Seven established artists explore intersections of the human and animal worlds, the technological and organic spheres, and compress those stories into a harrowing, exhilarating archetypal narrative.
IT’S UNBEARABLE AT TIMES to fully recognize, much less negotiate or remediate, the havoc wrecked by colonialism and capitalism on our natural world. Just as our push toward the singularity continues unabated -- as researchers and scientists advance technologies that allow us to become less human and more cyborg -- so does the insatiable consumption of any raw, natural, organic material we can get our hands on (including people) drive species mutation, devastation and extinction.
The mission of John Schuerman’s new Instinct Gallery is to present “socially relevant, thematic group exhibitions that engage audiences” with “an emphasis on art that honors nature,” according to the website. Humanity’s relationship with the natural world is so fractured -- our love and admiration for natural processes is often dissembling or simply utilitarian, yet also primal. And so we need to reconnect where we can. Instinct Gallery wants to show us a way, through art.
The path, if the gallery’s breathtaking inaugural exhibition Remnants and Curiosities of the Natural World, is any indication, is full of wonders at once harrowing and exhilarating. Populated with the work of seven established artists, the show explores the potential outcomes of a past, present and future, the human and animal, the technological and organic compressed into a universal, archetypal narrative.
There are elaborate dresses—9.5 feet in length—of sheep and bison wool, linen and silk, onion-skin dye, horse yokes and rope befitting a tribe of warrior princesses. Woven by Moira Bateman, the dresses are from her Mnemosyne Series. Mnemosyne, fittingly, was the goddess of memory in Greek mythology, the daughter of Gaia and Uranus, and the mother of the nine Muses fathered by Zeus. To stand before these garments is akin to absorbing the raw energy of the Jung’s collective unconscious, in one tactile sensation.
Tim Nimmo’s sculptures, selected from his Artifact Series, are gray clay objects resembling the horns of prehistoric creatures. David Aschenbrener’s sculptural assemblages are exquisite hybrids of animal and mineral rendered as spiritual totems. Schuerman’s Escher-esque drawings are lifelike in their profound detail. Lynn Speaker’s evanescent paperworks created with fire, gunpowder and natural materials join time, happenstance, and intention in memento mori of explosive intrigue.
Steve Ozone’s meditative video on the injecting of dye into parrotfish to color and commodify them for tourists also speaks to the repercussions of commercialization on an organism’s natural processes. Jantje Visscher’s evanescent sculpture uses light, shape and material to challenge perception, and ideas of repetition in a world of mass consumption and over-production.
These are established artists working the height of their creative powers, with tremendous sophistication, technical expertise, intelligence, and grace. Co-curated by Schuerman and Speaker, Remnants and Curiosities of the Natural World re-introduces us to some of the most relevant, important and astute artists working here today. In their work—these bits, oddities, takes and assemblages on a world now largely relegated to memory—we discover our essential nature.
Related event details:
Remnants and Curiosities of the Natural World is on view through November 1, 2013 at Instinct Gallery, 940 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. For more information, as well as gallery hours: http://www.instinctmpls.squarespace.com/current/
About the author: Camille LeFevre is a Twin Cities arts journalist.
Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 24, 2012, Mary Abbe
State Fair art is above average, naturally
Article by: MARY ABBE , Star Tribune
Updated: August 24, 2012 - 8:10 AM
At first glance, "Foot #1" by Stephen Hiroshi Ozone appears to be a fashion photo of a pale human hand in strange mesh gloves, but upon examination proves to be a huge, surreal image of a thoroughly scrubbed bird's foot (chicken, maybe?) splayed against a black ground, its curled nails buffed to Parisian sheen. It's bizarre, creepy and an absolute knockout.
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Minneapolis StarTribune, August 25, 2011, Mary Abbe
Minnesota's got talent
Article by: MARY ABBE
Updated: August 25, 2011 - 5:41 PM
The State Fair's fine art show takes the prize this year with a winning selection of paintings, photos and other works.
After several rocky years, the Minnesota State Fair Art Show has staged a terrific comeback, recouping its rightful title as the state's best pro-am talent show.
With 355 sculptures, paintings, photos, prints, drawings and fine crafts -- picked from 2,084 entries -- it offers a lively mix of well designed landscapes, portraits and abstractions, spiced humorous asides, keen observations, a few conceptual riffs, a bit of social commentary and even some spiritual musings.
Animals are in surprisingly short supply, with goats and poultry getting
An expanse of rough black floor introduces high design into Brooklyn Park photographer Matt Schmidt's unsentimental photo of severed chicken heads with yellow beaks, milky eyes and bloodied neck feathers. There's equal drama in the sun-like orb of an enormous "Heirloom Tomato" hanging nearby, photographed by Steve Ozone of Minneapolis.