Jeanine Oleson is an artist whose practice incorporates interdisciplinary uses of performance, film/video, installation, and photographic work, often collaboratively. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Rutgers University and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Oleson has exhibited at venues including: PS 1, Queens, NY; X-Initiative, NY; Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO; Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY; L.A.C.E., Los Angeles; Monya Rowe Gallery, NY; Samson Projects, Boston; Participant, Inc., NY; Pumphouse Gallery, London; and Art in General, NY.
Some of the basic ideas that underlie my practice are cultural politics, feminism, spiritual practices, popular culture, revisionist history, ethnography, and humor. My work is marked by an interest in the conflict between the civilized and natural worlds as a metaphor for the instability of knowledge and often involves my performative participation in the making of complicated tableaux. My work is a research-based intellectual pursuit but also a platform for more visceral responses based in process and humor.
I explore narratives that are fantastical and absurd while rooted in mythology, apocalyptic anxieties, and exploration of the fissures in our collective memory. I have become increasingly interested in performance and interaction as a way to complicate the body (of the performer and audience) as a simple subject. I have also focused on communal activities like rituals and singing. I am also interested in making catalytic sculptural objects that simultaneously critique and participate in ritualistic processes. While all of the above themes are serious, my treatment of them is often employed with humor and playfulness.