Olivia Erlanger

AND NOW, Dallas (F2)

Olivia Erlanger (born 1990) lives in Los Angeles.

Olivia Erlanger’s work is concerned with systems of value, trade, and power; and how these intersect with narrative and identity. This is expressed through a material exploration as well as a structural methodology, which spans both prefabricated objects and architectures of her own design.

For Frieze New York, And Now presents the work of Olivia Erlanger. Focusing on the archetype of chimeric women, Erlanger has produced new mermaid tail sculptures for the Frame stand. Previously having created large monster tongues, her tail sculptures look to mythologies around the female hybrid, mermaids, harpies, sirens and Medusa as a point of inspiration. The new pieces reflect on the ways in which women must constantly shapeshift according to social environment and are often either sexualized or demonized. Additionally, the character of the mermaid can facilitate discussion regarding gender, speciesism and what defines “animal.” The sculptures address a trans- corporeality, interconnected with flows of substances and environments.

Olivia Erlanger choreographs ultramodern environments through installations, videos, and writing that show how advanced technologies engender subjectivity. Within Totemists, her arcane and nomadic merm-folk reappear after washing up in a Los Angeles laundromat in 2018. The genderless ocean beings’ non-compliance with machines forewarns of a catastrophic ecological fate. Alongside curating exhibitions as a founding director of Grand Century, New York, Erlanger has held solo exhibition with Mother Culture, Los Angeles; Human Resources, Los Angeles; AND NOW, Dallas; Mathew, New York; What Pipeline, Detroit; Balice Hertling New York; and Seventeen Gallery, London. Additionally she has participated in group exhibitions with Vilnius, Lithuania; 501(c)3 Foundation, Los Angeles; Brown University, Providence; CANADA, New York; Room East, New York; Ludlow 38 New York; Pilar Corrias, London; LAXART, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museo di Capodimonte, Naples and the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice. Erlanger recently published “Garage” with MIT press, a history of the unprogrammed garage space.