PDG Performance Warehouse, one of the newest, and most innovative performance venues located in downtown Los Angeles, will be exhibiting the work of six visual artists, with an opening reception on September 25, 2009 and closing on October 15, 2009. The show, entitled "NOHIO: A Group Show" will feature five painters and an installation artist, all who have had life experiences in the state of Ohio, although only one of them still resides there: Alec Egan and Rob Blum of Portland Oregon; Stefan Gunn of Providence, Rhode Island, Jennie Booth and Ashley Lamb of New York and Karen Snouffer of Gambier, OH.
This exhibition is the first event for PDG Performance Warehouse that hosts the work of visual artists and that is not in conjunction with a performance. Jonney Ahmanson, Executive Director of Poor Dog Group, a Los Angeles-based performance collective, is “pleased to welcome these 6 talented artists, to come and show their work to a Los Angeles audience.” He believes “housing theses artists and creating a dialogue between two drastically different aspects of the countries identity, using downtown LA as a backdrop, is invigorating and central to the purpose of the PDG Performance Warehouse.” Alec Egan, originally from LA and a friend of Ahmanson, is the curator of the show. He sees this as an opportunity for “the resurgence of important and uniquely powerful voices in a time that is economically stifling and therefore muzzled creatively.” He believes that “viewers will have a chance to witness works from artists that are bold, reactionary, and most importantly different from the repetitive commercial art world, that although wounded by this recession, continues to take precedence.”
Each artist has taken unique directions in the art world, yet they continue to stay in touch. Individually, they have successfully had exhibitions at venues in New York, Portland, Los Angeles, Buffalo, Miami and Epernay, France to name a few. This is the first time they have exhibited their work together. They decided to emphasize their Ohio commonality with the tongue-in-cheek title, although the Midwest state is not necessarily central to the work created for the show. The NOHIO artists see the PDG Performance Warehouse venue as one that invites energy, experimentation and risk, all characteristics that they all hold in high regard for their own work.