Jeanine Oleson, still from Crossed Wires, 2017. Three-channel video, color, sound. 8 min. Image courtesy of the artist.

Hammer Projects: Jeanine Oleson: Conduct Matters

Following her residency at the Hammer Museum, Jeanine Oleson will present a new body of work and performance related to conduction as a material, musical, and social matter.

The New York–based artist Jeanine Oleson (b. 1974, Astoria, OR) works with photography, performance, film, video, sound, and installation, exploring themes including audience, language, spirituality, memory, music, and alienation. Following her recent residency at the Hammer, Oleson presents a work related to research on the conditions of copper usage in late capitalism and the irreconcilable contemporary relationship between bodies, labor, resources, and art. With humor, pathos, and pleasure, the installation includes catalytic instruments and objects that interrelate the body’s function and relationship to materials and representation. It also features a video of an absurdist ensemble performance work based on the production process of copper. A hand-woven rug anchors the project, its composition based on perspectival issues of 3D imaging. The wry sense of humor exhibited in her work belies Oleson’s intellectual rigor and interest in labor, environment, craft, and performance.

Hammer Projects is presented in memory of Tom Slaughter and with support from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Hammer Projects is made possible by a gift from Hope Warschaw and John Law. Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy. Additional support is provided by Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley.

The Hammer Museum's Artist Residency Program is supported by The Kayne Family Foundation and Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy. Jeanine Oleson’s A Human(e) Matter is a project of Creative Capital, with additional in-kind support from Diane and Michael Silver.