The gallery is thrilled to announce Cress Gallery of Art of University of Tennessee Chattonooga‘s acquisition of a body of work by Okay Mountain for their permanent collecion. The works, Meditations 1-9, (2015) were part of Staycation, Okay Mountain’s recent exhibition at Mark Moore Gallery.
Established in the early 1950’s and now near 700+ individual works in number, the Permanent Collection of Art at Cress Gallery is comprised of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional work in all media. Included in the collection are a large body of original prints and works on paper by 20th century Modern European and American artists such as Robert Motherwell, Larry Rivers, Dieter Roth, John Piper, Tom Phillips, Patrick Caldwell, Piero Dorazio, etc. (gift of the Ackermann Foundation, 1980); a large body of photographs from the 1970’s and 80’s by famed photographer and former Chattanooga resident Rosalind Solomon (on extended loan from the artist); works by distinguished alumni such as Barry Moser, Robin Hood, and Jack Denton (gifts of the artists), artists with local and regional ties such as Lillian B. Feinstein, Leonard Baskin, Frank Baselitz, Lamar Dodd, and Edward Shorter (various sources); and art faculty past and present such as E. Alan White and George Cress (University Purchases).
Okay Mountain is a nine member artist collective based in Austin, Texas. Formed in 2006 as an artist-run alternative gallery space, the group has exhibited their drawing, video, sound, and performance projects throughout the United States and in Mexico City, and has been widely recognized for its “inventive construction, loving attention to detail and keen-eyed connoisseurship.” Okay Mountain repackages, reconstitutes, and rekindles our consumerist desires with a sardonic edge. Their installations and multi-media assemblage works mimic the stock vernacular of our communal materialism, yet tweak them just enough to reveal our superficial insecurities and convictions.
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