gina’s shooting blanks

My girl and Galleon Trader-ette Gina Osterloh is having her debut LA show this weekend. Wish I could be there to catch it. Ever since her Fulbright in the Philippines last year, Gina’s been on fire. This show is an extension of works that she showed in Manila at Green Papaya Art Projects and Silverlens Gallery, and probably relates to what she’s also currently showing at Valentine Willie Fine Art in Kuala Lumpur.  I absolutely loved Gina’s photographs since well before Galleon Trade, but I extra-love them now. Catch this show if you’re around LA this month.


Gina Osterloh
Shooting Blanks
Feb. 21st -March 28th, 2009
Opening Reception Saturday February 21st from 6 pm to 10 pm

Shooting Blanks is Gina Osterloh‘s debut Los Angeles solo exhibition as her photographs continue to deftly combine elements of sculpture, performance, and painting.

Building upon her use of restrained serial performances and gesture, the photographs in Shooting Blanks mark a pivotal shift in Gina Osterloh’s arc of work.  While previous work insisted upon the use of her own body, Shooting Blanks expands to incorporate other anonymous bodies, and “cast paper maché mannequins, as she transforms the human subject of her surreal photographs into a prop, devoid of identity.”

Created during her recent Fulbright Scholar Fellowship in Manila, Osterloh obsessively cut and collaged colored office bond paper, which comes in only four colors in the Philippines ”“ candy pink, blue, yellow and green, as well as recycled paper from a local factory in Manila. The result is unsettling images of life size rooms where Osterloh activates metaphors of camouflage beyond the language of war and makes visible the psychological and physical space that both the body and its environment occupy.

Gina Osterloh’s photographs are unexpected propositions that interrupt established narrative through an oblique angle.  Employing a conceptualist strategy, Osterloh incorporates a loose rule-based practice that investigates the body as material and image as language. Shooting Blanks is based upon the impotence and futility of language, dislocation, mimicry, and the desire to connect with one’s surroundings.

For more information, please contact Francois Ghebaly at or at the gallery at +1 213 625 1802

Chung King Project
945 Chung King Road
Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 213 625 1802

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