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Please join us Saturday, January 13, 2024 from 2 - 4 pm in the ANNEX 1 warehouse gallery, functioning as a kunsthalle, for the sixth Oolong artist talk to conclude the inaugural exhibition on view in Encinitas. The featured moderator this round is Munro Galloway, artist and associate professor of art, who will lead a panel discussion with both current artists present:

Natalja Kent in Kunsthalle · Nick McPhail in Foyer

a two person solo presentation

on view through January 14, 2024

gallery hours Wed - Sun 11 - 5 pm 

by appt:


exhibition views | sd magazine review

kent viewing room | mcphail viewing room

press release | oolong artist talk podcasts

Munro Galloway is an artist and associate professor based in Los Angeles, CA. A solo exhibition of his work will be on view at the University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, in January 2024. Recent exhibitions include a one-person exhibition of paintings at Le Passage in Paris, a two-person exhibition at Basket Books & Art in Houston, Texas, and the exhibition "Dust: Plates of the Present" at the Pompidou Center, Paris, France. Past solo exhibitions include "California House" at The Tack Room, La Verne, California; “Chairs Missing” at Studio 10, Brooklyn, New York; “Four Years” at the University of Redlands Art Gallery, Redlands, California; and “Green River” at Murray Guy, New York, New York. His work has been reviewed in ArtforumArt Press, The Brooklyn RailHyperallergic, The New Yorker, and other publications. He was a co-founder of Soloway, an artist-run gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and is a co-editor and publisher of the zine Modern Pizza. He is an associate professor at the University of Redlands, Redlands, CA.

Natalja Kent is Czech American and was raised in the Washington DC metropolitan area and is now based in LA. In the lineage of the Process Art movement, Kent creates performance constraints for her chromograms. The unique works on view in a major presentation at Oolong Gallery are titled with a process-specific name – chromogram which is a conglomeration of the words chronos (time), chroma (color) and gram (recording / drawing). Kent has been exhibited in the U.S. and internationally: at Tate Liverpool (UK), Carpenter Center for The Visual Arts at Harvard (Boston), Pace Gallery New York (NY), The Berry Art Museum (VA), Hiromi Yoshi Gallery (Japan), The Museum of Museums (Seattle), PS1 and MOMA Queens (NY). In 2021, Kent. was an artist in residence at Google (Mountain View) and Camera Obscura (Santa Monica). Kent’s work has been reviewed or featured in WIRED, ArtNet, Voyage LA Magazine, and Manual/RISD Museum Publications.

Nick McPhail was born and raised in Laingsburg, Michigan and is now based in LA. Nick attended Michigan State University where he studied painting and ceramics, graduating with a BFA in 2006. Since then, he has maintained a consistent practice that has evolved to rely on personal observation and photography as the basis for his intuitive compositions. Recent solo exhibitions include: Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, VA (2023); Massey Klein in New York (2023); Amélie Maison d’Art in Paris (2022); Ochi Projects in Los Angeles (2020); Untitled_1983 in Geneva (2019); and Holiday in Los Angeles (2018). He has completed residencies at Untitled_1983 in Geneva (2019); Ochi Gallery in Ketchum, Idaho (2019); and 100 West Corsicana in Corsicana, Texas (2018). He is a 2023 Hopper Prize Finalist and In 2017 he was awarded a grant to attend a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. His work is in private collections throughout the United States, Europe, and beyond.


Jan 20

12 - 4 pm reception

Steve Harlow: Demographics

a three day WIP installation

San Diego painter Steve Harlow will fill the length of the Oolong Gallery Annex 1 warehouse wall with entangled figure paintings as a work-in-progress installation previewing his Demographics cycle. The installation will be on view through the weekend starting Jan 19 during gallery hours 11 - 4 pm.

view a preview of the work here · view his profile here

Steve Harlow · Demographics 16, 2023, oil on paper, 30 x 66 in

Jan 27

3 - 5 pm reception

Hiroshi McDonald Mori: [4: 画像: Simulacrum]

major solo show of mixed media salt prints

spanning the entire warehouse and foyer

exhibition on view through March 5

view CV here

Hiroshi McDonald Mori · Annie Albers at 02, 2019 · salt, albumin, and chromogenic print on aquarelle paper, pastels 67 x 31.5 in | 170 x 80 cm HM0011

Image: Philipp Scholz Rittermann in the new Oolong foyer

Oolong Gallery Presents:

Hiroshi McDonald Mori's [4: 画像:Simulacrum] Exhibition

Encinitas, CA - Oolong Gallery is thrilled to announce the upcoming solo exhibition, [4: 画像:Simulacrum] featuring the innovative and thought-provoking works of artist Hiroshi McDonald Mori. A native of San Diego, Mori recently relocated back home after thirteen years living and working abroad in Berlin, Germany where he produced a large body of salt print, mixed media works on thick aquarelle paper. The works have been shipped overseas to be premiered at Oolong Gallery, located at 687 2nd St, Encinitas, CA 92024, with the opening reception scheduled for January 27, 2024 from 3 - 5 pm.

Hiroshi McDonald Mori's artistic journey is a captivating exploration of material, chemistry, and force, guided by an instinctive trust in desire and a relentless questioning of rationality. In [4: 画像:Simulacrum] Mori delves into the unique process of salt printing, where the interplay of water purity, temperature, pH, UV light concentration, and weather creates variations that mirror the diverse landscapes and moments captured through his lens. Mori's artistic language extends beyond traditional boundaries, framed by his deep contemplation of the world.

Mori's work also draws inspiration from diverse cultural influences, ranging from the post-war artistic movements of Gutai and Bauhaus to ancient crafts and the concept of Japanese iitoko-dori (いいとこ取り), where contradiction is embraced to sustain incompatibilities. The modularity of Mori's salt prints invites active engagement, disrupting conventional viewing experiences and challenging viewers to reassess their perspectives. This intentional disruption is echoed in his commitment to sprezzatura, a studied nonchalance that seeks to balance impact with an understated effort, steering away from the overwhelming labor often associated with the sublime.

Hiroshi McDonald Mori · Sunrise in Berlin, 2019 · salt print on aquarelle paper 28 x 39.5 in 80 x 110 cm · HM0001

Through experimentation and improvisation, Mori seeks to maximize his vocabulary and syntax of material, chemistry, and force. His work embraces an aesthetic that rewards ambivalence and transformation, with the goal of achieving a non-violent iconoclasm. The exhibition's epilogue in the foyer contemplates the concept of Chic, appreciating the ephemeral and acknowledging the power and grace inherent in fleeting moments. [4: 画像:Simulacrum] invites viewers to engage with Mori's unique perspective, questioning the frames that shape their own subjectivity and encouraging a profound consideration of beauty, truth, and change.

Join us for the opening reception on January 27, 2024, at Oolong Gallery with a reception from 3 - 5 pm, where Hiroshi McDonald Mori's [4: 画像:Simulacrum] promises to challenge, inspire, and redefine the boundaries of artistic expression.

About Oolong Gallery:

Oolong Gallery is a contemporary art space dedicated to showcasing emerging and established artists pushing the boundaries of artistic expression. Located at 687 2nd St, Encinitas, CA 92024, the gallery is committed to providing a platform for thought-provoking and innovative works.

Hiroshi McDonald Mori · Floating Dragon, 2019 · salt, albumin, and chromogenic print on aquarelle paper 69 x 31.5 in 176 x 80 cm · HM0012

Notes on Salt Printing by Hiroshi McDonald Mori:

"Salt Printing is a 19th century photographic technique developed by William Henry Fox Talbot. Initially the process was used as the usual photographic technique of creating a negative to be printed on a light sensitive material. The light sensitive material is paper soaked in Salt, then covered with Silver Nitrate to create a print when exposed to UV light, usually sunlight, then fixed into the paper. Usually the silver is coated as a gelatin above the paper, but this technique the salt is captured within the paper, offering deep velvety hughes of darkness. This process allowed me freedom to challenge commercial photographic standards and create images that I had full control of scale and exactly where I wanted the light sensitive chemistry to occur. I discovered I could also do this over and over and over again, layering and developing which is near impossible with commercial photographic paper unless painted over or tinted, which was rather popular during the early 20th century. This process allowed me more freedom and control with this photographic medium."

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