“STEVE OUDITT PROCEEDS TO MENTAL HEALTH”
Opening Reception: Thursday 07th March 2013
6:30p.m. to 9:30p.m.
#37 Fitt Street, Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain
RSVP: 740 7597 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibition closes: Thursday 04th April 2013
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Steve Ouditt was born and raised in St James, Trinidad and Tobago. He now lives in a studio in St Augustine. He has exhibited his installations in Cuba, China, New York, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Iceland, Dominican Republic, Cologne, Kassel, Guadeloupe, Kingston and Trinidad.
He lived in the United Kingdom where he was Curator of Research and Education at the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva), London. Ouditt also lived in Kingston Jamaica, where he taught at the Caribbean School of Architecture. He was a visiting lecturer in the Masters Programme in Tropical Architecture at the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henrique Urena in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Ouditt studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (BFA Honours); Goldsmiths College in London (MA Distinction); and was a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, Holland. While in England, his work at the 1997 Beck’s New Contemporaries Exhibition was praised by the Guardian’s Art Critic, Adrian Searle, as one of the only pieces of originality and substance. He is the first artist from Trinidad and Tobago to have been included in this exhibition.
He has received significant art and study grants from The Government of Trinidad and Tobago; the Government of India; the Government of the Netherlands; The Arts Council of England; Goldsmiths College University of London and UNESCO. He was also invited to present his work at the Tate Modern, London, the Brooklyn Museum, New York, the Reykjavik Academy, Iceland and Havana University, Department of Arts and Letters, Cuba.
Ouditt has been lecturing at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine since 2003. He is the coordinator of UWI’s MA in Creative Design Entrepreneurship.
This exhibition is his first solo exhibition in Trinidad and Tobago in eighteen years.
ABOUT THE WORK
Ouditt describes his work: “Sometimes you lose it. I lose it often. I try to help myself to remain composed. There are times though when you need help. Drawings help. These are some drawings - like graphs - that measure loss and losing it, and also where I might end up if I lose it completely. Proceeds from this show will go to one or more mental health projects – using art, design and science - that I will be doing with my friend from childhood, psychiatrist Professor Gerard Hutchinson. I am looking forward to these projects. They will occupy my time for years to come.”