621 Gallery Presents
OUH HUO by Carrie Fonder
in the Nan Boynton Gallery
December 1 – December 22, 2017
Opening Reception Friday, December 1, 2017
Soft Opening Thursday, November 30, 2017
My work is invested in the intersection of nature and culture and explores issues of gender,
power, and complicity through the use of humor and kitsch. The work highlights trade-offs,
both willing and coerced. Formally, it slips between two and three dimensions as it revels in
the slippage between the real and the fictive.
In OUH HUO I have assumed the role of famous curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and
intervened in his TED talk. The piece creates a parody of the use of TED to share ideas,
while examining the opacity of arts speak, made even denser through the inaccurate
YouTube subtitles. The accompanying “stills” correlate to scenes from the original talk
reinterpreted and reimagined through the subtitles.
The self-conscious nature of kitsch creates a space for humor to expand the boundaries of
serious consideration. I conflate real with dimensionality and representation with the flat
picture plane and often create a play between two-dimensional and three-dimensional
elements in single works. I elaborate on untruths as I question cultural motives and
meanings. Yet, much of my work is stilted, caught between spaces—not fully real yet not a
culturally constructed fiction—the space in which art engages with, and occasionally trips
Carrie Fonder is a mixed media sculptor whose practice focuses on hybrid works
that often combine two and three dimensions. Her culturally motivated pieces are
driven equally by material and conceptual exploration.
Fonder earned her MFA in sculpture at Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BFA in
sculpture at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. In 2010 she was awarded a
Fulbright Nehru Award to explore the influence of culture on gender identity via
depictions of the feminine in India. Currently a member of Good Children Gallery
in New Orleans, she has exhibited her work nationally and internationally from
Detroit to New Delhi. Fonder is a lecturer at the University of West Florida.