SHAG is pleased to announce the upcoming solo exhibition by Sarah Vogwill entitled Centerfolds consisting of banners and prints based on Playboy centerfolds dating back to the 1950’s and stretching into the late 70’s. Taking the classic pinup 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. Visually engaging, even seductive, it appears that the artist aims to draw us in to her diabolical joy.
Vogwill’s interests are clearly based in female sexuality and feminism, past, present and future. Working with imagery that is overdetermined or kitschy, she enjoys finding ways to make some of it vital and engaging again. A working artist for more than 20 years, she mines the past to reference her present concerns, including those of a woman of a certain age. Her conceptual background makes for a natural affinity with artists working in similar territory, for instance Cindy Sherman and Marilyn Minter, whose provocative representations of women harbor 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 abandoning the pleasures found there? I am interested in finding what the new sexy is, for me.” Questions feminism has been grappling with for some time.
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 foldout poster for the exhibition, entitled Double (October 1979) which will be available for $9.99.
Centerfolds will be on view at SHAG, 106 Roebling Street in Brooklyn from June 18 through September 8, 2013. Store hours are: Tues–Thurs & Sun 12–8pm, Fri & Sat 12–9pm. For more information please contact Samantha Bard @ (347) 721-3302. weloveshag.com.