Centerfolds: New work by Sarah Vogwill
Centerfolds: New Work by Sarah Vogwill
On view June 18 - Sept 8
Thurs, June 20
SHAG is pleased to announce the upcoming solo exhibition of Sarah Vogwill entitled "Centerfolds." The work consists of banners based on Playboy centerfolds dating back to the 1950's and stretching into the late 70's. Taking the classic pin up centerfold as her inspiration, the artist has employed a sophisticated drawing program to reinterpret this otherwise worn out imagery. Instead of a display of dewy flesh, we are presented with a skeletal vestige of the original images carved out by intricate and playful lines. Vogwill's bunnies retain their human faces while their bodies undergo trippy transformations and virtual explosions.
Vogwill's interests are clearly based in female sexuality and feminism, past, present and future. She likes working with imagery that is worn out, overdetermined or kitschy, finding ways to make it vital and engaging again. A working artist for more than 20 years, she mines the past to reference issues affecting women in culture today. Her conceptual background makes for a natural affinity with artists working in similar territory like Cindy Sherman and Marilyn Minter, where provocative images of women contain their own resistance to objectification. On this topic she has questions: "How can we, as women, move on from being equated with our bodies without giving up the pleasures found there? I am interested in finding what the new sexy is, for me". This work is visually engaging, even seductive, so it's clear the artist aims to please her audience as well.
Sarah Vogwill is an artist and graphic designer living and working in Brooklyn. She received her MFA from CalArts and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program. Vogwill has exhibited at Momenta Art, Brooklyn Public Library, Art Resources Transfer, and The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, and has been included in group exhibitions at PS1, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Artists Space, and several other venues in NYC. She has been awarded residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, Hambidge Center, and Banff Centre for the Arts. Work produced in affiliation with the artist's collective REPOhistory can be found in MOMA and Fales NYU Library collections. Some of her editioned work is available at SHAG as well as through FuseWorks (fuse-works.com), also based in Brooklyn.
Vogwill has produced a special limited edition poster for the exhibition, entitled "Double (October 1979)" which will be available for $9.99.