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“Vanitas”, new work by the ORT Project

January 25 - February 25


Ort Project is the collaborative union of artists Oona Nelson and Anna Noelle Rockwell, whose lush installations and photographs explore and critique aspects of consumption, abundance and decay.  Within their work Ort Project blends the influence of art history, the contemporary cult of convenience and abundance, along with current corresponding environmental threats and distorted value systems, into uncommon balances of the grotesque and the beautiful. They explain: “Inspired by 17th century ‘vanitas’ paintings from The Netherlands, ORT Project turns this antique style of painting into a contemporary sculptural tableau vivant that re-contextualizes the macabre nature of the genre. Continuing the focus on themes of temporality and impermanence – and employing symbolic objects designed to remind the viewer of their mortality – ORT Project pushes the concept of the historical vanitas through a contemporary prism to expose the vanity and vulnerability of our corporeal world.”

Oona Nelson earned her BFA in Film Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute, and MFA in New Genresfrom the Chicago Art Institute. Anna Noelle Rockwel earned her BA in Cultural Anthropology and Fine Art from Bennington College, Vermont, and also studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, CA and Parsons School of Design, NY. Ort Project’s recent exhibitions include “Still Life”, John B. Aird Gallery, Ontario, Canada; “Reclaim Award”, billboards, Cologne, Germany; “Fence Select”, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY in 2020 and 2021; “7 Deadly Sins”, Artless Bastard Gallery, West De Pere, WI; and “Memory and Perception”, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA.  Ort Project’s awards include a 2022 residency from IASPIS, Stockholm Sweden; a Purchase Prize Award from Albany Institute of History and Art from the 2022 Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region at the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY; a Critical Forum Fellowship from the Arts Center for the Capital Region, Troy, NY; and inclusion in the juried exhibition and fine art Photography book “Food ~ The Aftermath” at Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. Learn more about their work at www.ortproject.com.

View our online recorded talk with the artists, from Feb 2,  HERE.
Read their complete artist statement HERE.
Listen to NCPR radio interviewed HERE.

The Courthouse Gallery is located at the side entrance of the Old County Courthouse, corner of Canada and Lower Amherst Streets in Lake George, NY. During scheduled exhibitions dates our in-person office and gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 12 – 4 pm. If you need to reach us between active exhibition dates we are available through phone and/or email:

Laura Von Rosk, Gallery Director, 518.323.5499, [email protected]
Tanya Tobias-Tomis, Executive Director, 518.832.0183, 
[email protected]

This exhibition is funded in part by the Town and Village of Lake George, The New York State Council on the Arts, 518 Profiles Magazine, the Glenn & Carol Pearsall Foundation, the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust, and LGAP members. Please Join us today!

     Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust


January 25
February 25