KARYN OLIVIER

I am working on a public commission with the City of Philadelphia in Stenton Park, home to the historic Stenton House, Nicetown’s community center and playground. It should open up in early fall.

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I recently was awarded a Harpo Foundation Grant.

My book Inbound: Houston is finally here. It includes texts by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Nuit Banai and a conversation with Paul Ramirez Jonas.

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I am currently showing a series of photographs in a group show at Dartmouth College.

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My solo exhibition at Marso Galería in Mexico City will open April 3rd. I recently participated in the exhibition “flashBlack: the African diasporic impulse in American photography” at the Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art, University of Memphis.

Wonderwheel cemetery, 2013

I am currently participating in the traveling show “Stocked.” The show, which features photographs is traveling to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), and the Ulrich Museum of Art.

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This spring I won a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. CLICK HERE for more information or to visit the Pollock-Krasner Foundation website.

 

 

I have been awarded a 2011 fellowship in Crafts/Sculpture from the New York foundation for the Arts. Check out the NYFA website. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

I am currently participating in the exhibition “Who runs the Space now?” at Ecoh Galeria in Mexico City. This exhibition is a collaboration with Neue Galerie (Switzerland). The exhibition will run through August 7th, 2011. I created both a public work and sculpture for the show.

 

Traffic barricade with fruit, h. 31 in. w. 57 in. d. 22 in., Cast concrete and fruit, 2011

 

 

This past May, I was an artist in residence at the Salina Art Center. I created wall drawings for the first time.

 

Merry go round, wall drawing, h. 74.5in. x w. 168 in. Charcoal and paint, 2011

 

I have been awarded the 2010 William H. Johnson Prize. This prize is given annually to an early career African-American artist. Check out the William H. Johnson website. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

I am currently participating in the international photography exhibition at the World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures in Dakar, Senegal, December 10th-31st. I am showing the photo series “Double Vision” for the first time. World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures Press Release

 

3 Black Sculptures, 5 in. x 9 in., c-print face mounted with 1/4″ plexi, 2010

 

 

I will participate in a three-person show opening October 24th at Hendershot Gallery, NYC–Balancing Act Press Release

 

Check out this interview I did this past September with Days of Yore–an online site of interviews with visual artists, writers and musicians. Click on link for full interview-Days of Yore Interview

 

I participated in BITE: A Street Inspired Art and Fashion Exhibition at Third Streaming in Soho, NYC. September 8th through November 6th. Bite Exhibition Press Release–Bite Press Release

 

 

Dancer/Danger T-shirt, 2010

 

NOW OPEN!! ACA FOODS FREE LIBRARY, Hartford, CT. This public work was part of “Rockstone and Bootheel,” an exhibition of contemporary Caribbean art at Real Art Ways. The library was recently profiled in the Caribbean Review of Books, a bimonthly journal–caribbeanreviewofbooks.com.

 

I  installed a functioning library inside ACA Foods market. This exclusively Caribbean library is open to all patrons of the market. The books are organized by category (i.e. literature, history, children) and arranged on shelves alongside the customary products and provisions sold in the store.
This is a trust library—no library card necessary, no proof of residence required, no specific date of return. Customers are allowed to take out one book or several at a time. Borrowers are only asked to return the book(s) when they are finished digesting them.
The hope is for this library to expand what we imagine the “consumables” of a market to be—particularly when that market inadvertently traffics in nostalgia for home. Perhaps it can be a place where we really slow down, browse, and relish the sights, smells, tastes, sounds, and yes, the imperishable produce of my West-Indian heritage.
CATALOG COMING SOON!!

INBOUND: HOUSTON, Fall 2009

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INBOUND: HOUSTON is a public art project which took place this past October and November in Houston, Texas. Billboard advertisements were replaced by photographs of the surrounding landscape along the city’s major freeways. A catalog of the project is forthcoming.