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Project Project is pleased to announce the opening reception of Waterbody by Jess Machacek and Ella Weber featuring drawings, digital prints and three-dimensional work. Join us in celebrating work by two artists that we believe in wholeheartedly. 

As always, Project Project openings are free and open to the public.

About Ella Weber:
Prompted by an overtly dramatic break up, Ella downloaded the infamous dating app Tinder. After three sad dates and a reality check, she began to notice a trend: profile after profile of singular dudes holding a singular fish. She inevitably stopped pursuing “love” and decided to use Tinder strictly for research, collecting hundreds of men holding fish, one swipe at a time. From this ongoing research she has created a large series of drawings and prints in response to the complexities of blind dating, sexuality, and consumerism within a contemporary context. 

Ella received a B.F.A from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2010 before receiving an M.F.A with honors from the University of Kansas in 2015. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She has been an artist in residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, The Wassaic Project, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Arts Center and will attend Ox-Bow this fall. Ella resides in her parents basement in Omaha, NE and can be found smiling in the deli department of Hy-Vee. 

About Jess Machacek:
Jess' recent body of work, Plans for ponds, stems from a series of banal Google searches:


pond shapes

preformed ponds

backyard pond

fish pond

pond planning

Her work considers the seductive aesthetics of familiar domestic products within the context of consumerism and idealized suburban home-scapes. Formal elements of the products are fetishized and reinterpreted with new functions and environments. Staged scenes of hoses mimic line drawings in space and manufactured pond forms become voids or bodies.

Jess’s work is a response to the contemporary notions of the suburban picturesque– an idea that is constructed and maintained for the consumer and spectator, for pleasure and leisure, for adornment and aesthetic.

Jess was born in Omaha, Nebraska and received her BFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She holds an MFA from the University of Georgia. Her work has been selected for numerous exhibitions nationally and she has completed residencies at Vermont Studio Center and The Wassaic Project. Jess is currently based in Athens, Georgia where she works as a studio assistant. 

From the Artists:

Your yellow hue
outlines my summer, wraps
from a hose

imply a straight line
across iridescent flesh
sit back above ground
tranquil “Neptune”

waves like new, awake
in a pool of thirst
a surface of lust

plans for ponds
intoxication of needs
down the falls

body contours
a simple guy wants
to matter to
some, any
a body

paradise, no holes

Project Project is curated by Joel Damon and Josh Powell

Earlier Event: July 15
Ian Tredway: Barriers, Blankets, 0619
Later Event: September 10
pas gentil