Jody Zellen and Bob Trotman
Above the Fold
Business as Usual
January 31 - March 8, 2014

Both Bob Trotman and Jody Zellen explore the human condition in very different ways. Zellen presents humans in her work as abstracted, nameless ciphers navigating a complex and often violent world. Through her use of one full year of the New York Times “World News” website, Zellen presents us to ourselves through the media, mediated in a variety of ways. Trotman’s approach is much more direct and less abstracted, but his sculptural works address the corporate world with all of its discontents. His larger than life human figures are suffused with dread, melancholy, or desperation, yet they are cloaked in the uniform of the powerful. Through both artists’ works, we see the de-civilizing effects of greed, power, and privilege.

Jody Zellen
Above the Fold

Jody Zellen is a Los Angeles-based artist who works in many media simultaneously to make interactive installations, mobile apps, net art, animations, drawings, paintings, photographs, public art, and artists’ books. She employs media-generated representations as raw material for aesthetic and social investigations.  

Her interactive installations include The Unemployed, a data visualization at Disseny Hub Museum, Barcelona, 2011; The Blackest Spot, Fringe Exhibitions, Los Angeles, 2008; Trigger, Pace University, New York, 2005; and Disembodied Voices, Los Angeles, 2004. 

Zellen has received commissioned to create interactive net art projects. Spine Sonnet, 2011, was commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Lines of Life, 2010, was commissioned by Terminal at Austin Peay State University; and Without A Trace was a 2009 commission by Turbulance, a project of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. in New York City. Other net art projects include Ghost City, which was begun in 1997. It is an ever-changing poetic meditation on the urban environment. Zellen also produced Urban Fragments, Talking Walls and Disembodied Voices. In addition to making net art projects, she also creates digital animations. Her animation Of Life, 2011, was the first project to be displayed at Tractionarts in April 2013.

Recent solo exhibitions include dnj Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles; Pace University’s Digital Gallery, New York City; The Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA; Deep River, Los Angeles; Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles; and Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. 

In 2012, she was a recipient of a California Community Foundation Mid Career Fellowship and in 2011 she received a Center for Cultural Innovation Artistic Innovation Grant and a Fellowship from the City of Santa Monica to develop an artwork for mobile devices. She has continued making iPhone/iPad apps. Her five apps Urban Rhythms, Spine Sonnet, Art Swipe, 4 Square, and episodic are available for free in the iTunes app store. 

For more information, visit www.JodyZellen.com

Bob Trotman
Business as Usual

Bob Trotman was born in 1947 in Winston-Salem, NC, received a B.A. in philosophy from Washington and Lee University, and for 40 years has maintained a studio in western North Carolina. He has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and four fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council. His work is in the permanent collections of The Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian Instittuion), The Columbia Museum of Art, The North Carolina Museum of Art, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Art Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design, The Mint Museum of Art, The Weatherspoon Art Museum and The Museum of Art and Design in New York, among others.

To learn more about Bob Trotman, please visit www.bobtrotman.com

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