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Jessica

Lives in
London

Website

Statement

Jessica Voorsanger is an American artist living in London. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) and Goldsmiths College (MA Fine Art), and has had one person exhibitions in London, New York, Edinburgh, Berlin & Turin. She has recently shown in Berlin at Gallerie 33, The ICA and the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London and had a project with Art on the Underground.

Her work explores the concept of 'celebrity' within popular culture through obsession, fans and media representation. Until recently it has specifically dealt with the relationship between the celebrity and their 'fans', and the ideology of fan culture. She attempts to capture the inaccessibility of celebrities and tries to relate the excitement that a fan can feel, for who wants to admit to having loved someone for an eternity who they will never meet? Now, with the overwhelming domination of reality TV, the concept of celebrity has changed and is no longer only connected to people of talent but also of notoriety.

Following this new line of enquiry she has been exploring the interchangeability of celebrities and their audience. For example, in her piece Stage Struck shown at the New Art Gallery Walsall as part of the exhibition Star Struck in 2008, Voorsanger created a karaoke/nightclub installation. The installation consisted of a stage set and live karaoke system, costumes/wigs of 14 assorted celebrities, dressing area and painted portraits of the 14 celebrities. The celebrities included: Elvis, Diana Ross, David Hockney, Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, Cher, Paul Weller, Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, Devo, George Harrison (Sgt. Pepper), Kurt Cobain, David Bowie & Siousxie Sioux. Behind the stage there was a film playing of people performing the karaoke (Stage Struck Film pt.1, Stage Struck Film pt.2, Stage Struck Film pt.3), usually dressed as one celebrity but singing another one's music, i.e. Amy Winehouse singing David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust. The piece relates to the idea that celebrity, or more recently - notoriety, can become interchangeable. She purposely selected people who she felt earned their celebrity though their abilities, real celebrities.

Jessica Voorsanger works in a variety of media ranging from painting, sculpture, installation, mail art, film and performance. The projects themselves often dictate the medium that is most appropriate.

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JESSICA VOORSANGER - Curriculum Vitae


Education

1987 Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), European Hons Program, Rome, Italy

1991 – 1993 Master of Arts, Goldsmiths College, University of London

1983 – 1987 Bachelor of Fine Arts, RISD, Providence, Rhode Island

1986 Tyler school of Art, Temple University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) European Hons Program, Rome, Italy

1982 – 1983 The Brooklyn Museum Art School, Brooklyn, New York

1982 Parsons School of Art, New York, New York

Teaching

2007 - current University of East London, External Examiner

2003 - current Wimbledon School of Art, Fine Art

2003 - current University College of Creative Arts (formerly Kent Institute of Art & Design),0.3 Senior Lecturer in Fine Art

1998 - 2003 Kent Institute of Art & Design, 0.3 Lecturer in Pictorial Arts

1997 - current Visiting lectures at assorted institutions (as requested): Goldsmiths MA, Royal College, Kingston, Chelsea, Sunderland, The Slade, Camberwell, etc

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2009 Eastenders, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Children’s Gallery Commission 2009, London

2009 Crimefighters, Kornhäuschen , Aschaffenberg Germany

2008 - 9 Mystery Train, Art on the Underground, Charing Cross Station, London

2008 Mystery Train, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

2008 The Woody Allen Show, Gallery-33, Berlin

2007 The Agony & The Ecstasy, George Rodgers Gallery, Maidstone Kent

2006 You’re Going Home in a Fucking Ambulance, Gallery-33, Berlin

2004 Beep Beep Toot Toot Yeah, 1,000,000mph Project Space, London

2003 I Think I Love You, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

2002 Jessica Voorsanger, Guido Carbone.to, Turin, Italy

2001 Bono & Sting Wouldn’t Be Anything Without: Jessica Voorsanger’s The Davids, The International 3, Manchester

1999 Stinky Village, Virgin Megastore, London

1998 Art Stars, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London

1997 Let's Go Rangers!, Modern Culture, Brooklyn, New York

1996 The Retrieval Series: Bob Geldof, Modern Culture, Brooklyn, New York

1996 Star Sightings, Modern Culture, Brooklyn, New York

1995 Baby Shower, Camden Art Centre, London

1994 Birthday Party, Peter Doig’s Studio, Cubitt Street, London

1994 Star Way to Heaven: Addresses to the Stars, Fête Worse than Death '94, London

Selected Group Exhibitions/Performance/Events

2009 Reg Perfect & The Squeegees, Portman Gallery, London

2009 The Sculpture Show, V22, London

2009 Too Much is Not Enough, Transition Gallery, London

2008 Star Struck, New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall

2008 The Golden Record, curated by Mel Brimfield, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

2008 Mapping Correspondence, Center for Book Arts, New York

2007 Small Wonders, Grey Gallery, London

2007 Seja Marginal, Seja Herói (Be Marginal, Be a Hero), curated by Danger Museum, Wysing Arts Centre,Cambridge

2007 So Sad, Guy Hilton Gallery, curated by Mark McGowan, London

2006 For Peel, No More Grey Gallery, London, Curated by Harry Pye

2006 Hull Heroes, Illuminations, Hull Time Based Arts, Hull

2006 Hearing Voices, Seeing Things, Serpentine Gallery, London

2006 - 9 Art Car Boot Fair, Truman Brewery, London

2006 Forward/Backward Reloading, Island 6 Art Center, Shanghai China

2006 World Cup, 39 Gallery, London

2006 Metropolis Rise: New Art From London, temporarycontemporary, Beijing, Shanghai & London

2006 No News From Nowhere, William Morris Gallery, London

2005 Summer Daze, South London Gallery, London

2005 A Night on Earth, Oh Art Gallery, Oxford House, London

2005 For and From Exhibition, Metropole Gallery, Folkstone

2005 Mervielles du Monde, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dunkerque,France

Selected Catalogues/Books

2008 Mystery Train, The ICA, London

2006 Hearing Voices Seeing Things, published by The Serpentine Gallery, ISBN: 978-1905190096

2006 Forward/Backward Reloading, Exhibition catalogue, Island 6 Art Center, Shanghai China

2006 Metropolis Rise: New Art from London, Published by temporarycontemporary, 2006

2004 Beacon, essays from David Lillington & John Plowman, Beaconarts, ISBN: 1-860501-95-8

2003 'Bad Behavior' from Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery Publishing, ISBN: 1-85332-235-0

2003 Art and Celebrity, by John A Walker, published by Pluto Press, ISBN: 0-7453-1849-5

2002 Air Guitar, edited by Emma Mahony, published by Milton Keynes Gallery & , ISBN:

2002 TV Swansong, edited by: Nina Pope & Karen Guthrie, ARTicle Press, ISBN: 1873352581

2002 Installation Art, by N De Oliveira, published by Thames & Hudson ISBN: 0500278288

 

 

 

Jessica Voorsanger is an American artist living in London. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) and Goldsmiths College (MA Fine Art), and has had one person exhibitions in London, New York, Edinburgh, Berlin & Turin. She has recently shown in Berlin at Gallerie 33, The ICA and the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London and had a project with Art on the Underground






Miss Marple, detail from The Crimefighters Exhibition,
Kornhausen Gallerie, Aschaffenburgh Germany, 2009

Her work explores the concept of 'celebrity' within popular culture through obsession, fans and media representation. Until recently it has specifically dealt with the relationship between the celebrity and their 'fans', and the ideology of fan culture. She attempts to capture the inaccessibility of celebrities and tries to relate the excitement that a fan can feel, for who wants to admit to having loved someone for an eternity who they will never meet? Now, with the overwhelming domination of reality TV, the concept of celebrity has changed and is no longer only connected to people of talent but also of notoriety.






Fan-a-Grams (performance),
The Articultural Show, Factual Nonsense
@ The South Bank Centre
, London, 1999



The Woody Allen Show, video still from a series
of films made as part of an installation celebrating
Woody Allen, Galerie 33-FON, Berln Germany, 2008


Voorsanger performed several of Woody Allen's
earlystand-up routines, were performed including:
The Moose, Kidnapped and The Great Renaldo.






Bardney 1972, 2004
, Recreation of the famed music
festival of 1972 at Tupholme Abbey, Bardney
(swapping 60,000 visitors for grazing sheep),
Lincolnshire as part of Beacon, 2004

Following this new line of enquiry she has been exploring the interchangeability of celebrities and their audience. For example, in her piece Stage Struck shown at the New Art Gallery Walsall as part of the exhibition Star Struck in 2008, Voorsanger created a karaoke/nightclub installation. The installation consisted of a stage set and live karaoke system, costumes/wigs of 14 assorted celebrities, dressing area and painted portraits of the 14 celebrities. The celebrities included: Elvis, Diana Ross, David Hockney, Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, Cher, Paul Weller, Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, Devo, George Harrison (Sgt. Pepper), Kurt Cobain, David Bowie & Siousxie Sioux. Behind the stage there was a film playing of people performing the karaoke (Stage Struck Film pt.1, Stage Struck Film pt.2, Stage Struck Film pt.3), usually dressed as one celebrity but singing another one's music, i.e. Amy Winehouse singing David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust. The piece relates to the idea that celebrity, or more recently - notoriety, can become interchangeable. She purposely selected people who she felt earned their celebrity though their abilities, real celebrities.

Jessica Voorsanger works in a variety of media ranging from painting, sculpture, installation, mail art, film  and performance. The projects themselves often dictate the medium that is most appropriate.

Recent Exhibits

Jessica Voorsanger participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2013 I Love You Because
A-side B-side Gallery
 
Dec, 2012 ADVENTURE
Herrick Gallery
 
Dec, 2012 Prophetic Diagrams
George and Jørgen
 
Dec, 2012 Prophetic Diagrams
George and Jørgen
 
Sep, 2012 Tainted Love
Down Stairs
 
Sep, 2012 Bob & Roberta Smith and Jessica Voorsanger | LONDON'S CALLING
Eleven Spitalfields Gallery
 
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