Cress Gallery Hosts ‘Okay Mountain’

In this segment, we’re talking to members of Okay Mountain, an artist collective based out of Austin, Texas.  Throughout February and March, their work will be on display at the Cress Gallery at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

From a Cress gallery press release:

 “Okay Mountain”

Exhibition dates: February 8 – March 20, 2012

 

Okay Mountain Artists’ lecture Wednesday February 8, 5:30 – 6:30pm, followed by a public reception. Okay Mountain visits campus and community for activities February 6 – 9, 2012 as a part of The Diane Marek Visiting Artist Series. Admission to all Marek events and the Cress exhibition is free and open to all.

Okay Mountain is an artists’ collaborative which in a few short years has burned an exhibition trail with acclaim and accolade from Miami to New Orleans, New York City to Los Angeles, and points between. Blending humor with irony, Okay Mountain creates work that weaves an engaging yet dead serious commentary about our contemporary existence.

Founded in 2006 in Austin, TX., Okay Mountain draws upon the talents of nine members whose working locations span the continental US from Austin, TX. (Sterling Allen, Nathan Green, Ryan Hennessee, Carlos Rosales-Silva, and Michael Sieben); Chicago, IL. (Josh Rios); Los Angeles, CA. (Justin Goldwater); Santa Barbara, CA. (Tim Brown); and Cambridge, MA. (Peat Duggins).

Okay Mountain’s exhibition will feature a recent retrospective of three large scale works in a range of media previously premiered at other locations, and a fourth work to be unveiled in the Cress.

Okay Mountain burst onto the international arts scene with “Corner Store”, 2009, commissioned by Arthouse at the Jones Center, for the Pulse Miami Art Fair during Art Basel Miami. “Corner Store” is now in the collection of the 21C Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY. “Corner Store” received The People’s Choice” and “Best Booth” awards during Pulse Miami, 2009, Solo exhibitions include “Four Wheel Rollover”, upcoming 2012, De Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA.; “First Take: Okay Mountain” 2011, Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, TX; “New Works: Okay Mountain”, 2010, Austin Museum of Art, TX.; “Benefit Plate”, 2010, Freight and Volume Gallery, NYC; and “Big Strange Mystery”, 2010, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.  Recent projects include “Food Fight”, 2010, a mural commissioned by Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

Okay Mountain’s exhibition is supported by The Friends of the Cress Gallery.

For more information about Okay Mountain visit http://www.okaymountain.com For more information about Okay Mountain’s Cress Gallery exhibition and Marek Series events visit http://www.CressGallery.org (soon to launch) or become a Fan of the Cress Gallery of Art on FACEBOOK; or contact ruth-grover@utc.edu ; voice or text 423-304-9789.

Gallery hours: 9:30am – 7:30pm Monday – Friday; 1:00pm – 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday

Gallery location: UTC Fine Arts Center lobby, 752 Vine Street, 37403

Parking: Parking is free after 5:00pm weekdays and all day on weekends in any UTC lot not marked “24-hour reserved”.  Before 5:00pm on weekdays, visitors may find one-hour or metered street parking or obtain a lot pass from the Parking Office in the UTC Facilities Bldg. located at 400 Palmetto Street.

 

 

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