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Owen James Gallery

O Uncolored People

  • Mark Mann

Press for O Uncolored People

Current Exhibitions at Owen James Gallery


The Sun Also Rises

  • CHIAOZZA,
  • Jon Cowan,
  • Phillip Guston,
  • Jasper Johns,
  • Ellsworth Kelly,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Mark Mann
  • Robert Mangold,
  • Elin Rødseth,
  • Yasmin Sison,
  • Opens: May. 20, 2020
  • Closes: Jul. 20, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Concavity

  • Rachael Gorchov,
  • Opens: Jun. 11, 2020
  • Closes: Aug. 01, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Concave

  • Rachael Gorchov,
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2020
  • Closes: May. 16, 2020
  • Reception: Mar. 19, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

David Kramer: Essential Oils

  • David Kramer,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2020
  • Closes: Mar. 07, 2020
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2020
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Trunk Show

  • Danny Licul,
  • Björn Meyer-Ebrecht,
  • Jonathan Cowan,
  • Mark Mann
  • Rachael Gorchov,
  • CHIAOZZA,
  • Mariano Ching,
  • Karen Marston,
  • Sue Stone,
  • Opens: Nov. 15, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cascades & Crescendos

  • CHIAOZZA,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2019
  • Closes: Nov. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Gary Gissler / Huston Ripley

  • Gary Gissler,
  • Huston Ripley,
  • Opens: Jun. 13, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 03, 2019
  • Reception: Aug. 01, 2019
  • Hours: 5 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Gary Gissler / Huston Ripley

  • Gary Gissler,
  • Huston Ripley,
  • Opens: Jun. 13, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 03, 2019
  • Reception: Jun. 13, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Uprising

  • Björn Meyer-Ebrecht,
  • Opens: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 01, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Thick Lines Between Here and There

  • Angkrit Ajchariyasophon,
  • Thaiwijit Puengkasemsomboon,
  • Mit Jai Inn,
  • Somluck Pantiboon,
  • Franz West,
  • Robert Rauschenberg,
  • Richard Tuttle,
  • Robert Mangold,
  • Richard Long,
  • Gary Stephan,
  • Larry Zox,
  • Sam Francis,
  • Robert Motherwell,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 08, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Age of Enfrightenment

  • David Sandlin,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

O Uncolored People

  • Mark Mann
  • Opens: May. 17, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2018
  • Reception: May. 17, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Harbingers

  • Karen Marston,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 21, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

China Marks

  • China Marks,
  • Opens: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn

  • Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn,
  • Opens: Nov. 17, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 17, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 9pm
  • Admission: free

Malady of Association

  • Dina Gadia,
  • Opens: Oct. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Nov. 12, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 9pm
  • Admission: free

Weaving Light

  • Takuji Hamanaka,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 08, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 9pm
  • Admission: free

310E44R822

  • Dex Fernandez,
  • Opens: Oct. 30, 2015
  • Closes: Nov. 29, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 30, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Strange Days

  • Mariano Ching,
  • Robert Langenegger,
  • Danny Licul,
  • Opens: Sep. 18, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

There's A Bluebird In My Heart

  • Charles Bukowski,
  • Walter Robinson,
  • Opens: Apr. 08, 2016
  • Closes: May. 14, 2016
  • Reception: Apr. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

PHUNK

  • PHUNK,
  • Opens: Sep. 16, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 16, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 16, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Demeter's Wrath

  • Karen Marston,
  • Opens: May. 20, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 26, 2016
  • Reception: May. 20, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Structural Constellations

  • Björn Meyer-Ebrecht,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 19, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 24, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 9pm
  • Admission: free

Play Ground

  • Nikki Luna,
  • Opens: Oct. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Nov. 30, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 28, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 9pm
  • Admission: free

Organic Geometry

  • Rachael Gorchov,
  • Opens: Mar. 24, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 24, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 9pm
  • Admission: free

Displaced

  • Sue Stone,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2017
  • Closes: May. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 28, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 9pm
  • Admission: free

Wall Works

  • CHIAOZZA,
  • Opens: Jun. 09, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 23, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 9pm
  • Admission: free

When

May 17 - Jun 30, 2018

  • Reception: May 17, 6 - 8pm

Where

Owen James Gallery

  • 59 Wooster Street, 2nd floor, New York NY 10012 Map
  • 718.395.4874

About

Mark Mann’s artwork touches on the interrelations of nostalgia, Americana, history, culture, memory and identity. This is achieved through the physical manipulation and contextual isolation of found imagery. The resulting paintings and sculptures become ruminations on the recent clashes over our shared American legacy.

For the last several years, Mann has worked on his painting series O Uncolored People. These center on closely cropped and blurry images of vacationers lounging around pools. Sunburnt, and unaware, the figures are white, middle class relics of a bygone era. They are culled from vintage promotional postcards depicting the heyday of American holiday resorts and tourist attractions, from the mid-1950s to the 70s. They reflect a time when Americans were most comfortable visiting domestic resorts and attractions. However, the trend faded into the past long ago.

Mann’s sunbathers represent a fantasy past, a false narrative of a uniform American cultural and economic class. Less iconic by modern standards, to us they appear lamentable. Their damage from over-exposure is self-inflicted, caused by their own habitual over-indulgence in leisure. There is also a blandness to these figures, a flat conformity. The title of the exhibition and painting series is Mark Mann’s homage to another artist who also documented the more mundane aspects of American culture: Ed Ruscha. Ruscha’s artist book Colored People (1972) was a humorous strike against the prejudices at the heart of the difficult times during the country’s culture wars. Instead of portraits of people of color, it offered photographs of cacti on plain white backgrounds. Mann also references Ruscha’s book is his own series of white plaster Cactus sculptures. Cacti are known to be among the hardiest plants on Earth. However, the sculptures are blank, and fragile if dropped. They are unable to handle change, and surprise. The cacti are housed in reclaimed tin cans, originally used to store imported food products: Italian tomatoes, Columbian coffee, Chinese tea. This could be a subtle reminder by the artist that America is built on the strength of its imports (immigrants).

The sculptural subterfuge also brings to mind the era of Spaghetti Westerns, which heralded a shift in the genre of the classic American Western film. Often shot on location in Italy or Spain, with international directors and actors (and some Americans) the films were often derided in America as a foreign, “revisionist” degradation of the beloved art form. In these films, the previously rigid moral and racial authority becomes blurred. The old “villains” can become heroes, and vice-versa.

Mark Mann’s final series, a group of sculptures based on military field stretchers, brings us full-circle to the damaged sunbather paintings. The original fabric has been replaced with the interlaced nylon straps originally used in beach chairs and pool loungers. Presented here is Pearl Heart, named for a female bandit from the Old West. Less well-known than her male counterparts, bandits such as Pearl Heart are often left out of the myth of the American West that is told and retold through lore, movies and tv. The legends of the Old West are central in the American psyche, and in the ongoing struggle to reconcile past myths of America’s greatness with the reality.


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