Doah Lee, Joy O. Ude, Kyle Kogut, and Theo Mullen.
On view: Nov. 9 - Dec. 2
Joy O. Ude is a mixed-media artist and designer. In her artwork, she explores Black culture as a subset of American culture. As an American-born child of Nigerian immigrants, she also reflects on the concept of duality. Ude earned her BFA in Fashion Design in 2005 from the University of North Texas. After working in the fashion industry, she returned to grad school and earned an MFA in Fiber Arts from the University of North Texas in 2013. Her work has been included in several regional and national shows including: CraftTexas, Fantastic Fibers, Fiberart International, and Art Seen. Ude also teaches fiber-based workshops, most recently at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Ude is currently a Project Technician and Printer at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA.
Doah Lee was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She earned her MFA in 2016 from University of Pennsylvania and her BFA with a concentration in Painting and Printmaking at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. Her work delivers diverse aspects of print, fabric and installation into the format of painting through layering. The mutability of common cultural symbols is explored and exploited through repetition in a practice that meditates on cultural translation, immigration, and otherness. The work has been featured in various exhibitions and currently, she lives and works in Philadelphia.
Kyle Kogut is an artist working in drawing, sculpture, performance and installation. Kogut graduated with a MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art multidisciplinary program at MICA in 2016 a BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2012. Kogut has had solo and two person exhibitions in Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, and College Park, MD and has been included in group shows nationally. Koguts' work explores nihilist philosophies through the lens of an Americana working class identity. Contemplating a futility of labor, he translates the banality of life, earthly worries, and anxieties towards death through an occult guise of personal symbology. The son of a mechanic and raised Roman Catholic, the works present a psychodrama of toil, excess, and ritual.
Relying primarily on fragments and remnants, Theo Mullen seeks to build upon archetypal forms within urban and natural landscapes. While advocating the photographs persistent roll as document, Mullen redirects the gaze on the contracted histories of buildings and material through sculpture interpolation and installation. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Mullen studied photography at the University of Colorado Denver and went on to receive an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia.