2015 Boys will be Boys, Ordinary Projects, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL, USA

Ordinary Projects presents BOYS WILL BE BOYS, new works by Kasia Ozga (ACRE 2013)

Opening Reception: Friday, January 9, 2015, 6PM-9PM
January 9 – February 6, 2015
Ordinary Projects
Mana Contemporary Chicago, 2233 South Throop, 5th Floor, Chicago, IL 60608

Curated by Meredith Weber

Kasia Ozga (ACRE 2013) presents BOYS WILL BE BOYS, an exhibition juxtaposing celebratory conspicuous consumption and the reality of recent racially motivated street violence across the United States. A sculpture built on-site from fifteen Christmas trees transforms the iconic symbol into a shape that overwhelms viewers, challenging the magic of the holidays, championed by consumer culture.

Kasia Ozga is a Polish American sculptor and installation artist based between Chicago, IL and Paris, France. She creates public artworks and sculptural installations in a variety of materials for both interior and exterior spaces. Her works depict change in the body’s relationship to physical and social spaces, either directly, through the use of organic materials intentionally affected by weather conditions over time, or indirectly, via visual metaphors for the experience of time. Ozga is a former Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship recipient, Harriet Hale Woolley Grant recipient from the Fondation des Etats-Unis and Young Professional Artist Travel Grant recipient from the Polish Ministry of Culture grantee.

Her work has been exhibited in over 10 countries. She has created site-specific installations in materials ranging from bread to wicker, and from resin to bronze and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Paris 8, an M.F.A. from the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, and a B.F.A. from the SMFA, Boston.

Ordinary Projects is an exhibition space and curatorial project that leverages the success of Industry of the Ordinary to create a highly visible platform for performance, installation and other non-traditional media works.

ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) is a volunteer-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers. ACRE investigates and institutes models designed to help artists develop, present, and discuss their practices by providing forums for idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects.