No More Dreams | Oona Nelson

Visit the exhibition online with Artsy or as featured artist in Fotographia 2021
from March 6th to May 15th, 2021

PRPG.mx • Calle Lucerna 1, Interior 100, Colonia Juárez • By Appointment Only
from March 6th to April 10th, 2021

Press Release | PRPG.mx and Dab Art Co. present Oona Nelson’s “No More Dreams” in our CDMX gallery from March 6th to April 10th by appointment and online with Artsy.net from March 6th to May 15th, 2021.

‘No More Dreams’ is a series of photographic interpretations of the classic vanitas genre symbolizing the transience of life, the vanity of pleasure, and the inevitability of death. One year into the Covid nightmare there can be no more apt metaphor for survival in isolation. Nelson says “ I am complicit but also feel a sense of remorse and loss. It’s bittersweet, the party seems to be over. There is a pathos to that.“

Oona Nelson is a current artist in residency with PRPG.mx living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nelson is part of a collective called Ort Project which she and Anna Noelle Rockwell founded in 2017.Nelson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Film from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a Masters Degree in Time Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was in academia before moving back to California in 1993. She has exhibited extensively in the US and internationally. Oona recently completed a residency with Laspis in Stockholm, Sweden.

For more information regarding the exhibition please contact Micheal Swank, MichealSwank@PRPG.mx

Artist’s Statement | No More Dreams Oona Nelson’s photographic lens is sublimely stripped down. No More Dreams is a series of photographic interpretations of the classic vanitas genre. At times her photographs are collaged with burnt paintings or burnt frames but still remain to the point, modern interruptions of vanitas. The vanitas movement began in response to the colonial prosperity in 18th century Holland. Vanitas artists devoted themselves to communicating that things of this world–pleasures–are not everlasting properties. Rather, the nature of life and the world is fleeting, finite, and temporary. Nelson draws a direct correlation between that period of time in colonial history and where we are today with the economy, politically, and ecologically. Nelson says “ I am complicit but also feel a sense of remorse and loss. It’s bittersweet, the party seems to be over. There is a pathos to that.“

Artist’s Bio | Oona lives and works in San Francisco Bay Area where she was born in 1961. She is the child of well known experimental filmmakers, Robert Nelson and Gunvor Nelson. Her art work is primary lens based but also works freely with a collage of materials and mediums. The result is photographic prints, burnt paintings, installations, and interactive gestures. Nelson is part of a collective called Ort Project which she and Anna Noelle Rockwell founded in 2017. Her art practice is focused on exploring and critiquing aspects of consumption, abundance, and decay. Within her work, she blends art history, the contemporary cult of convenience, along with the corresponding environmental threats and distorted value systems – trying to balance the grotesque and the beautiful. Nelson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Film from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a Masters Degree in Time Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was in academia before moving back to California in 1993. She has exhibited extensively in the US and internationally. Her residency with Iaspis in Stockholm, Sweden just concluded and is currently participating in PGPR.mx residency program.