Works by Olivia Ciummo and Christopher Meerdo (in Person!)

On The Evening by Olivia Ciummo (2014)

Wednesday, September 10th at 8:00 pm, $7 -10

Lost in the Woods is a program of short moving image works by Olivia Ciummo and Christopher Meerdo. Their works, though aesthetically divergent, provoke patient observation vs. anxiety driven themes. Taking cues, leaving footprints, stealing apathy, appropriating transcendence and encapsulating it—non-sequiturs become the texture and a summary that repeats and replicates, inviting perpetuity. This first co-screening by the artists brings together both recent and unseen projects. Both artists will be present following the screening.

Victoria – 10:00, 2012
An ode to R.S. – 3:30, 2013
In Reps of Long-Play – 6:30, 2013
Untitled (Redactions) – 3:20, 2014
On the Evening – 7:00, 2014
Anthology – ≈ 4:00, 2014
(On Fractured Water) – 4:00, 2014
Cipher II (excerpt) – 3:00, 2014
Invert and All That is Solid – 3:00, 2014
Wesserunsett – 5:00, 2014
(alternating artists, starting with Olivia Ciummo)

Untitled (Redactions) by Christopher Meerdo (2014)

Olivia Ciummo is a filmmaker and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has exhibited at venues including The Museum of Contemporary Photography – Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art – NYC, The Pittsburgh Biennial, Mass Art Film Society – Boston, Media City Film Festival- Windsor, Crossroads Film Festival – San Francisco, The Paris Festival of Different and Experimental Cinemas as well as film festivals, galleries, backyards, basements, and cultural centers nationally and abroad. She is the recipient of an APEX Art International Fellowship for 2014. She has an MFA in Moving Image from The University of Illinois at Chicago and she teaches moving images and digital media at The College of New Jersey.


Christopher Meerdo (b.1981) is a Chicago based artist who grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and spent time in post-soviet Lithuania as a teenager. He has survived several near-death experiences including drowning and crashing in an airplane. Meerdo is a recipient of an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently he teaches photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been shown in numerous locations including Reykjavik, Nottingham, Seattle, Toronto, and New York with recent solo exhibitions at Document, Chicago, The Union League Club, Chicago, and ITP Space, Jackson, WY. Recent screenings include Theaster Gates Skowhegan Award, NYC, Cabinet Magazine, NYC and Public Fiction, LA.  Meerdo was recently an artist in residence at the SIM Program in Reykjavik, Iceland and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the summer of 2013.


Organized by Jesse Malmed

Filed under: experimental, film, found footage, video