New Work by Kuzana Ogg
March 19 - April 23, 2016
Opening Reception: April 2nd, 6 to 9 pm during First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown
Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present Yasna, a solo exhibition of new work by Kuzana Ogg. Born in Bombay in 1971, Ogg absorbed and retained all of the colors, noises, and smells of both the traffic-ridden, crowded city and her grandparents' insular, paradisiacal home. Inspired and informed by her early childhood spent in India with her grandparents, the tones and shapes within her work serve the same purpose as the lush gardens and coconut trees surrounding her grandparents' home: to mitigate the noise and bustle just beyond them.
At an early age, Ogg moved to London with her little sister to be with her immigrant parents. There, she was struck by the harsh differences between life in hectic Bombay and orderly London. While she shuttled back and forth to boarding schools during her time in London, she held onto her Bombay roots. As a result, the fragrant perfumes, epic traffic jams, and general pandemonium of her homeland have become significant influences on Ogg's work.
Her aesthetic relies on the principles of balance and restraint - concepts that she finds crucial considering the breadth and complexity of the multi-faceted painterly language that developed as she moved from place to place. These key principles also serve as buffers to the outside chaos on the other side of the precious garden wall and, in a broader sense, the chaos we all experience in day-to-day life.
Kuzana Ogg graduated from SUNY Purchase in 1995. After living in South Korea for six years Ogg returned to the United States in 2001, settling in California's Central Valley in 2012. Ogg has participated in two residencies: in Red Wing, Minnesota, and in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her paintings have been included on the sets of both television shows and feature films - the most recent of which were Me Earl and the Dying Girl, Southpaw and My All-American. Ogg's first solo museum exhibition was Oil at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in 2014. A second solo exhibition followed shortly thereafter, Rev Zero, at the Bakersfield Museum of Art in 2015. Her work has been exhibited, published, and collected both privately and publically, nationally and internationally.