Gina Osterloh's photography, film, and performance-based practice depicts mark-making and her own body traversing, tracing, and puncturing photographic space in a quest to interrogate the boundaries of a body and expand notions of identity. Her printed photographs depict large-scale photo tableaux environments, as well as drawings on photo backdrop paper, that expand our understanding of portraiture and what photography can be. Symbolic themes and formal elements such as the void, camouflage, and the grid, in addition to a heightened awareness of color and repetitive pattern appear throughout Osterloh’s oeuvre. She cites growing up mixed-race in Ohio as a set of formative experiences that led her to photography and larger questions of how a viewer perceives difference. Osterloh describes herself as a feminist and a formalist.
Osterloh has exhibited in places including Manila, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Yogyakarta, Madrid, Brussels, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Columbus, and New York City. Solo exhibitions include Gina Osterloh at Higher Pictures; Slice, Strike, Make an X, Prick! at François Ghebaly Gallery; Nothing to See Here There Never Was at Silverlens Gallery; Group Dynamic at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), and Anonymous Front at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Group exhibitions include Ours is a City of Writers at the Barnsdall Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; Energy Charge: Connecting to Ana Mendieta at ASU Museum, Demolition Women curated by Commonwealth & Council at Chapman University and Fragments of the Unknowable Whole Urban Arts Space OSU.
Her work has been reviewed in The New Yorker Magazine, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyphen Magazine, Art Asia Pacific, Asian Art News, Art Papers, Artforum Critics Pick, and KCET Artbound Los Angeles. Awards include a Fulbright in the Philippines, a Woodstock Center of Photography residency, and a Create Cultivate Grant with the LA County Arts Commission and LACE. Osterloh’s work is represented by Higher Pictures, Silverlens, and Ghebaly Gallery. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University.