Kelley O’Brien | Anthony Warnick
March 5-26, 2016
ROY G BIV Gallery presents Kelley O’Brien and Anthony Warnick. O’Brien’s photos and videos tell the history of a landfill in the Philippines’ capital city. Warnick’s appropriations examine the effects of deregulation and privatization in the U.S. since the 1980s.
O’Brien will display photos and videos that explore cultural identity in the Philippines. Created during the artist’s yearlong Fulbright residency, O’Brien’s work tells the story of the landfill in the capital city, Manila. As the population of Manila rapidly grows, so has the mountainous landfill of its refuse. This has created marginalized populations of informal settlers who survive by scavenging recyclables from the garbage, subsequently assisting the landfill’s continuous growth and maintenance. O’Brien’s work mythologizes the landfill’s creation, growth and current existence as a force of overpowering capitalism.
Kelley O’Brien (b. 1987) is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Cleveland, OH, where she is the co-director of the alternative art space The Muted Horn She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee and an MF in Three-Dimensional Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2014 she was awarded a Fulbright residency in Quezon City, the Philippines.
Warnick appropriates art projects to make viewers aware of the systems they operate within. Made from common materials like plywood, newsprint, and drywall, Warnick’s work examines the effects of deregulation and privatization in the United States since the 1980s. For-profit corporations like Corrections Corporation of America and DynCorp have invaded once exclusive territories of the public sector, including prisons an military defense. To tackle these issues, Warnick has taken artistic projects from the last 50 years of art history and reconfigured them, calling attention to the collaborative nature of culture.
Anthony Warnick (b. 1983, Washington, D.C.) lives and works in Cleveland, OH. Warnick holds a MFA in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Web + Multimedia Environments. He is co-director for the alternative art space The Muted Horn, which focuses on bringing national and international artists to Cleveland, OH.