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Sarah Vogwill
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Williamsburg

ARTIST STATEMENT: This body of work plays with the power of the image where woman as image is privileged as a central iconic motif. Original pages from vintage sixties and seventies magazines—a period pertinent to my social and cultural moment—are interrupted with images and phrases culled from a seemingly vast cultural unconscious. Clearly issuing from a desiring subject, this unconscious produces a layer of commentary, free association, or simply disruption. Rescued from the dustbin of history, critical concerns filtered through youth culture, feminism, and consumerism make appearances. The figure of woman as image proliferates while the resulting meanings spill out in to a larger cultural context read as increasingly phantasmagoric.

This ever changing reception of culture is in many ways medium specific. The pictorial magazine is an almost obsolete indulgence, replaced now by a continuous stream of fleeting digital images absorbed by the eye in passing much like a landscape viewed from a window on a speeding train. What might be gleaned from the train window is profoundly influenced by the dreams and memories of the viewer. This work is an attempt to slow down the train just long enough to capture a few signs that, when put in new and unexpected combinations, suggest something of where we've been.


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Sarah Vogwill

solo exhibitions
La Cuve, Porto-Vecchio FR 2005
Art Resources Transfer, NYC 2003
Art Resources Transfer, NYC 2002
Brooklyn Public Library, NYC 2000
Momenta Art, NYC 1996
UICA, Grand Rapids, MI 1995

group exhibitions
Lana Santorelli Gallery, Thaw NYC, 2009
New Yorker, Passport to the Arts, NYC, 2008
Mahan Gallery, Art for Life Art Fair, Columbus, OH 2007
Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham, NY, Photography 2006
Winter Works on Paper, NYC, 16th Annual Works on Paper 2004
Artists’ Television Access, SF, Intervals 2003
Metaphor Contemporary Art, NYC, Print 2003
Silicon Gallery, NYC, Digitally Bound 2002
Sideshow, NYC, Merry 2002
PS1, LIC, B Hotel 2001
Mascot Studio, NYC, Warming Trends 2001
White Columns, NYC, Momenta Art Benefit 2001
Bellwether, NYC, Bellwether Benefit 2000
Brooklyn Museum of Art, NYC, Art For Park 1999
Greene Naftali, NYC, Momenta Art Benefit 1998
CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY, Small Wonders 1997
Grammercy International Art Fair, NYC 1997
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NYC, Momenta Art Benefit 1996
YYZ, Toronto, ...East of Here… 1996
Longwood Arts Project, NYC, Celebrity’hood 1995
PPOW, NYC, Longwood Arts Project Benefit 1995
Arts Festival of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA Entering Buttermilk Bottoms 1995
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NYC, Other Rooms 1995
American Fine Arts, NYC, American Fine Arts Benefit 1995
Stuyvesant Town Residence, NYC, This is Your Home 1994
Four Walls, NYC, Approaching History 1993
Artists Space, NYC, Choice Histories 1992

Whitney Independent Study Program 1990-91
California Institute of the Arts MFA 1990
Southern Illinois University BA 1982

The Outpost Cuts and Burns Residency 2003
Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency 2003
Hambidge Center Residency 2001
Civitella Ranieri/ACA Residency 2000
Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency 1999
Banff Centre for the Arts Residency 1993

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