Kari Cholnoky & Landon O’Brien


April 21 – May 19, 2017

Member Preview
Friday, April 21, 2017
6 - 7pm

Exhibition Opening
Friday, April 21, 2017
7 - 10pm

The two person exhibition, Kari Cholnoky & Landon O’Brien, pairs the three-dimensional work of Austin-based Landon O’Brien with wall pieces by New York-based Kari Cholnoky. Characterized by material exploration, extreme physicality, and incendiary formal considerations, the objects and imagery on view share a coherence in manifesting off-putting aesthetic experiences.

O’Brien’s mechanized and seemingly haunted creations pivot wildly from recognizability as art objects. His moving, groaning, smoking, and growing sculptures are expertly crafted while indulging still in an irreverent spirit of invention. Cholnoky sources her materials primarily from the internet to compose highly synthetic and three-dimensional paintings. While the ingredients of her work, including faux fur, urethane foam, and strange capitalist products may satisfy on a conceptual level, the formal qualities of light and color suggest hers is a decidedly painterly endeavor.

Kari Cholnoky, born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1988, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated with an MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art and has attended residencies at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany and Fountainhead in Miami, Florida. Cholnoky has had solo and two-person exhibitions in Detroit, Singapore, Berlin, and Brooklyn.

Landon O’Brien received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Austin where he exhibits work both individually and collectively as a member of Ink Tank. Additionally he has shown work in places that aren't Austin and has appeared on an episode of Shipping Wars.