GR2 Hidden Habitats – Jill Bliss and Saelee Oh 12/8/07 – 1/9/08

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Art show opening

Jill Bliss and Saelee Oh at GR2

December 8 – January 9
Reception: Saturday, December 8, 6:30 -10:00

2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 445-9276

Giant Robot is proud to present Hidden Habitats, an art show featuring the work of Jill Bliss and Salee Oh.

Jill Bliss grew up on a family farm in Northern California where everything was hand-built or cultivated-the food, the house, the farm machinery, and even the family computers. Since graduating from the Parsons School of Design the California College of the Arts, her professional background has included fashion design, illustration, and design theory. Whether designing limited-edition paper goods or fine art pieces, all of her work reveals a fondness for combining fabric, paper, and other found materials.

Since graduating from Art Center in 2003, Saelee Oh has manifested her modern take on storybooks and traditional women’s crafts through painting, illustration, and paper cutting. Weaving a compelling mix of fantasy, femininity, and whimsy, her work has earned support from the indie art world as well as mainstream publications such as Time Magazine and American Illustration.

For this show, the artists will make individual and collaborative drawings, paper cut-outs, sewn soft sculptures, and other pieces that expand on the theme of their third collaborative calendar, Hidden Habitats. The artwork depicts houses, shelters, buildings, and dwellings incorporating and blending into nature. These dwellings are sometimes human-sized, but more often than not sized for real and imagined animals, reptiles, or bugs.

In this body of work, both artists explore the underlying structures of nature, the inherent beauty and interdependence of these structures, and human nature’s interpretation of and dependence upon them. The original drawings, many of which have been altered or expanded upon since the making of the calendar, will also provide insight into the artists’ digital and hand-drawn collaborative process.

A reception for Bliss and Oh will take place from 6:30 – 10:00 on Saturday, December 8.