2016 Summer Exhibition

Rob Fischer

Omi Pond House, 2016
steel & glass
approximately 20' 9" x 13' 7"

On View: May 28, 2016 - October 2018

Inpired by the artist's visits to Omi, Rob Fischer's Omi Pond House is a site-specific sculptural installation created in response to the distinct environment of Omi's pond that activates the aquatic space at Omi for the first time.

The surrounding landscape is paramount to Fischer's work. This unique location (quite literally on Omi's pond) requires the viewer to enter the structure by stepping onto a ramp that extends over the pond, and then into the work. The aesthetic principles in Fischer's modular structure are brilliantly transposed using screen-printed window panels, creating a complex spectrum of colors and arrangements.

This "building" does not provide privacy, practicality or purpose upon close inspection, but rather exists as a stunning and joyous sculpture intertwined with architectural concepts, located in a remarkable setting.

Rob Fischer was born in Minneapolis and now lives and works in Brooklyn. He has had solo exhibitions at Derek Eller Gallery, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York; Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara; Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis; Max Wigram Gallery, London; and Art in General, New York. His work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial; Greater New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York; Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Interval, Sculpture Center, Long Island City; Three Suitcases, Art and Idea, Mexico City; and Sculpture on Site, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. He has received, among other honors, the Bush Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship, Minneapolis; a residency from Art in General, New York, and the Minnesota State Arts Board Visual Arts Fellowship. He received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1993. Rob Fischer is represented by Derek Eller Gallery.

This work is courtesy of Derek Eller Gallery, New York.

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 Omi Pond House, 2016 (digital rendering)

Folkert de Jong

On View: May 28, 2016 - April 2017

Folkert de Jong's body of work consists of themes dealing with war, greed, power and tragedy. In these four large-scale bronze works, recognizable objects begin to emerge through the colorful patinas and unrefined surface treatments. Armor, machine guns, a severed head and a pointed camera-with-telescope-attachment all seem to coexist in an almost story-tale metaphor for aggressive absurdity. These statuesque, raw, and malevolently evocative sculptures react in conversation with one another, existing in the same stylistic plane on the landscape.

The placement of these works outdoors in the park provides an intriguing alternative to viewing these works in the white walls of a gallery. The surrounding space of green (in the winter - snow), activates these works and adds to the anachronistic manner in which they appear to stand like soldiers or sentient, fantastical beings.

For de Jong, the sculptural technique used in fabricating these works is essential to his conceptual process. Rough edges of bronze "flashing" and pour channels, evidence left from the molten bronze casting process, remain intentionally untouched by the artist. These bold linear forms, combined with the subtle yet comprehensive surface treatment, provide the works with a tactility that allows the viewer to explore the process that occurrs between the artist and his medium. These aspects in Old DNA for example, (cast from a 3D-scanned suit of armor belonging to Henry VIII) evoke an external system of tubes, wires, or channels that appear to emerge from the suit. 

Folkert de Jong was born in Egmond ann Zee, the Netherlands and lives and works in Amsterdam. He was awarded the Prix de Rome for Sculpture in 2003 and was featured in The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: The First Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Ukraine, 2013, The 17th Biennale of Sydney: The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, Australia, 2010 and in Destroy Athens, Athens Biennial, Greece, 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include: 2013, Amabilis Insania: The Pleasing Delusion, Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium, Un Vie d'Illusions, Musée d'art Contemporain, Rocheouart, France, Actus Tragicus, MUDAM Museum, Luxembourg, Folkert de Jong, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon; 2012, Vitrine de la Maison du Peuple, Clichy, France; 2011, Operation Harmony, James Cohan Gallery, New York; 2009, Mount Maslow, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, The Shooting, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, Circle of Trust: Selected Works 2001-2009, Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands, One Thousand Years of Business as Usual, James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai. De Jong attended the Rijksacademie for Visual Arts from 1998-2000, and the Academy for Visual Arts from 1994-96, both located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Works and images courtesy of James Cohan Gallery.


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 Spiritual Generator, 2014
Patinated bronze, edition 1 of 3
70 13/16" x 33 7/16" x 27 1/2"


North Meets East, South Meets West, 2014
Patinated bronze, edition 1 of 3
57 1/16" x 27 1/2" x 27 1/2"

Babel's Maze, 2014
Patinated bronze, edition 1 of 3
86 9/16" x 70 13/16" x 35 3/8"


Old DNA, 2014
Patinated bronze, edition 1 of 3
82 5/8" x 35 3/8" x 27 1/2"


Freya Powell

Active Turn: Home, 2015
Steel, digital prints, styrene
5' 7" x 4' 5" x 4' 5.5"

Long-term installation opening May 28, 2016 

Freya Powell's Active Turn: Home is a fully functioning steel zoetrope, operating to create the illusion of motion by spinning a successive set of still images.

For the zoetrope's exhibition at Omi, Powell will create a site-specific reel that includes imagery of a galloping horse in different stages of motion among our rolling landscape of The Fields Sculpture Park. This subject matter reflects back to the history of photographic animation, reminiscent of photographer Eadweard Muybridge's classic work The Horse in Motion. In a more localized and personal context, this image reel assists in disclosing the rich equestrian and farming history of Omi, as well as offering a reflection from a period Powell's childhood she spent living in Ghent.

The horizon as seen around the zoetrope is paramount to the artists' vision in combining sensory illusions with physical reality. The work provides the viewer with two scenes to comprehend, one "real" and one perceived. This provides an important contemplation, once again allowing the viewer to consider the past reality of their current surroundings.

A series of collaborations throughout the instilation will invite artists selected by Freya Powell and Omi's curator to create new works for use in zoetrope.

July 28 (afternoon): Collaboration with Camp Omi

July 28 (evening): Kahn + Selesnick

September 11: TBA

November 5: David Horvitz

Freya Powell was born in London, England and is currently based in Queens, New York. Powell's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the #1 Cartagena, the First International Biennial of Cartagena des Indias, Colombia; Bronx Museum (NY); Socrates Sculpture Park (NY); Emerson Dorsch (FL); Arts Santa Monica, (Barcelona, Spain) among other venues. She has participated in artist residencies at Socrates Sculpture Park, Vermont Studio Center, Post-Contemporary, and the AIM program of the Bronx Museum. Powell received a William T. Graf Travel grant in 2011. She holds an MFA from the Hunter College (2012) and a BA in Studio Arts from Bard College (2006). Powell teaches at the Cooper Union and Queensborough Community College.

Freya Powell's Active Turn was originally installed in Socrates Sculpture Park from September 27, 2015 - March 13, 2016.



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Active Turn, 2015 (photos by Nate Dorr)


Andreas Savva

Oval Frontiers, 2016 
synthetic rope, wood, hardware 
varied dimensions

Andreas Savva's rope interventions jump and grab at tree branches, leaves and rocks. Each connecting point of synthetic rope is carefully selected, defining the pace in which these works exist through Savva's language of rope as a linear medium. The artist will spend several weeks on-site, constructing an installation in The Fields Sculpture Park.

Savva's work in the Fields explores the oval as an abstract shape, while inviting a playful perspective on the political context of the "oval." Knots and ties of bright orange rope traverse a 30-foot wooded area at the edge of the Fields, creating a massive bowl-like net structure punctuated by rhythmic wooden patterns that subtly reference train tracks and the region's transporation history.    

Andreas Savva was born in Kyrenia, Cyprus and lives and works in Nicosia. Savva is an Art Omi alum from 2014. Solo exhibitions include Sleep Sliding Away, EDW, ReMap4, Athens (2013); Martyrium, gallery François Heitsch, Munich, Germany (2012); Kosmos, Cork Vision Centre, Cork, Ireland (2005) and more. Savva has shown work in group exhibitions at institutions and galleries including Nicosia Municipal Art Centre, CAMP, Pulchiri Studio - The Hauge, International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens, Larnaca Municipal Gallery and more. The artists attended the Athens School of Fine Arts (Painting) from 1991-96, and obtained a postgraduate programme in Digital Arts from 2002-04. 


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Shadows (in Acheron River), 2015 

Charley Friedman

JOIN US on Saturday, June 18th at 4 PM for a Reception and Q&A with Charley Friedman!

Gallery Exhibition Looking at the Sun On View: May 21 - July 24, 2016

Squirrel Gang Collection of The Field's Sculpture Park, long-term installation 


Charley Friedman is a multi-disciplinary artist whose body of work explores themes of self-identity and how we perceive and categorize ourselves and those around us. His language is generally playful and investigative, using variety of media including performance, sculpture, photography and drawing. In the gallery, Omi presents Looking at the Sun an expansive exhibition of Friedman's sculptures, drawings and prints. The gallery exhibition playfully extends out into the fields, where Friedman has crafted a gang of over 70 mischievous bronze squirrels for The Fields Sculpture Park. 

The role "character" is essential to Friedman's work. The artist explores impersonating characters himself, an excersie through which he often investigates his heritage, as evident in the photograph Chasid in the Woods (2015). 

Friedman writes: "The themes in my new body of work reflect my preoccupations with how individuals, nations and cultures form and transmit ideas and values. How we perceive each other and ourselves and how we invent systems to categorize our own egocentric worldview."

Charley Friedman is a Pollock-Krasner grant recipient, two-time Rema Hort nominee, and Smack Mellon "Hot Picks" artist. Friedman has exhibited and performed at numerous galleries and institutions including PS1/MoMA, The Queens Museum, Gallery Diet, The Fabric Workshop, Volta NYC, Pulse Miami, Barbara Mathes Gallery, Jack Tilton Gallery and Lehman College. Selected publications include: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald, Art Info, GQ Italia, Salon, Art Info, El Nuevo Herald, Flavorpill.com. Mr. Friedman is in the collections of: The Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, Stanford University, Sheldon Museum of Art, Karen and Robert Duncan, Gordman Collection and Goldman Collection, to name a few. In the fall of 2014, his work appeared on Louis CK's television show "Louie". He received his Masters of Fine Arts from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University (1996) in addition to The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (1995).

Images courtesy of Charley Friedman & Gallery Diet.


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 Science Project, 2014
Beach balls, motor, machined parts, steel rod
132 x 96 inches


Squirrel Gang, 2015
70 bronze squirrels
12 x 10 x 5 in (each)

Looking at the Sun, 2013
Paper, color pencil, magic sculp, felt
96 x 168 x 72 in

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