The Suburban Opening:
Amanda Ross-Ho

January 5, 2014 / 2:00pm4:00pm

Free and open to all

Amanda Ross-Ho’s installation at The Suburban at MOCA Cleveland will activate the close quarters of the space with a singular object. Translated from a battered studio artifact, UNTITLED SMOCK (ACCIDENT) (2013) is a painting smock rendered at nearly 300 percent scale, transforming it into a large, wall-bound textile sculpture.
 
Dramatically covered in explosive swathes of red paint, the smock initially reads as evidence of a violent act, but instead actually depicts the result of a painting accident in the studio. The modest scale of the Suburban will amplify the object’s overwhelming scale, creating a fraught and claustrophobic experience that rides the line between crime scene and studio still life.
 
UNTITLED SMOCK (ACCIDENT) continues Ross-Ho’s ongoing series of up-scaled works—forensic explorations into form that in the past have included quotidian objects, found backpacks, and jewelry—fabricated with a heightened intimacy and attention to detail.
 
Amanda Ross-Ho (1975, Chicago) lives and and works in Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles; Mitchell-Innes and Nash, New York; The Visual Arts Center, Austin, TX; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; The Approach, London; and Hoet Bekaert, Belgium.  Ross-Ho was featured in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, and has been included in group exhibitions at Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Artists Space, The New Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art, all in New York. Her work has been written about in Artforum, The New York Times, ArtReview, Modern Painters, Art in America, Flash Art, and frieze.