Agathe Snow's work balances visions of apocalypse and entropic decay with an earnest faith in the redemptive power of human ingenuity and community. Her performances, ranging from carnivalesque banquets to her legendary dance marathons, operate as scenarios for uninhibited social exchange, always enacted with a fierce conceptual commitment.
Performative elements and elaborate fictions also underpin Snow’s sculptural installations, which she fashions from an exuberant array of debris scavenged from local streets. With the transformative addition of paint, plaster, and collage, she coaxes her found objects and their attendant histories into evocative new forms that frequently develop and mutate over the course of an exhibition. For her forthcoming Deutsche Guggenheim commission, Snow will present a characteristically multivalent project that explores the rich thematic valences of monuments and landmarks around the world.
(Images: Agathe Snow, (Collage for the catalogue) All Access World, 2010, collage, Photo: Kris McKay; Columns, 2010; Courtesy Agathe Snow)