Since 2007 Janet Owen and Matthew Driggs have worked as the collective identity “Owen Driggs”. Together they operate Performing Public Space, a multi faceted initiative that explores and supports ways in which citizen artists activate public space. The Owen Driggs-curated exhibition Performing Public Space debuted at Tijuana’s La Casa del Tunel. Most recently Owen Driggs has exhibited and performed at Orange County Contemporary Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of Let Them Eat LACMA (2010).
Working individually writer, artist and curator Janet has exhibited internationally, including in the United States, Europe, Scandinavia and Brazil. She has curated exhibitions and screening programs in the United Kingdom, United States, People’s Republic of China and Mexico. A member of the Los Angeles-Based Metabolic Studio team, Janet is the editor of Not A Cornfield: History/Site/Document and has most recently participated in Strawberry Flag (Lauren Bon/Metabolic Studio, 2009-10), an artwork in the form of a veterans’ program. Her writings have been published most recently in How Many Billboards? Art In Stead; Hammer Projects 1999-2009; Heike Baranowski – Kolibri; and Art Review. Janet teaches in the Public Practice program at the University of Southern California.
Matthew is an artist, curator and professor who lives and works in Los Angeles. Formerly a curator at RAID Projects, Exhibition Designer at the University of Southern California’s Fisher Museum, and a curator at Edward Giardiana Contemporary Art, he is currently an adjunct professor at Cypress College. Matthew has exhibited his work at national and international venues that include: Kyubidou Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Vegabond, Alaska, USA; MOP (Modes of Production) Sydney, Australia; Cynthia Broan, New York, USA; Laguna Beach Museum of Art, CA, USA; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA.