On hiatus, 2016 - 2021. Relocated to Porto, Portugal. Watch this space for upcoming events in 2022.
May 12, 2016
I'm screening my video "Numbers vs Death" at our MFA thesis exhibition, "Happiness Greens Our Irrelevance," opening tonight at the MAMA Gallery in Los Angeles.
"The Penn MFA program presented the 2016 thesis exhibition in Los Angeles. The exhibition was the culmination of a five-month exchange between the graduate students and curator Hamza Walker. During their residency in Los Angeles, the students installed works created for the exhibition, visited artists’ studios, and engaged in this highly experimental exhibition project.
In recent years the Penn MFA program has organized exhibitions in Los Angeles and Berlin (2013), in Vienna (2014), and in Brussels (2015). The thesis exhibition project acknowledges that emerging artists work from a globalized state of culture and respond to a new perception of site specificity. The exhibition presents work impacted by a collective discussion on the premise that travel, cultural exchange and the examination of cultural relativism are all markers of a profound evolution in our vision of the world.
PennMFA Thesis Exhibition artists:
chukwumaa, Keenan Bennett, Stephanie Elden, Shaina Gates, Rich Hogan, E. Jane, Olivia Jones, Doah Lee, Sarah Legow, Daria McMeans, Yue Nakayama, Heather Raquel Phillips, Kaitlin Pomerantz, Gonzalo Reyes Rodríguez, Fern Vargas Vargas, Marianna Williams"
February 5, 2016
"This February, Grizzly Grizzly hosts "Echolocation" a group exhibition featuring Richard Hogan, Doah Lee, Sarah Legow, and Heather Raquel Phillips. The provocative selection of painting, collage, photography and video engages mimesis, mimicry, and replication as formal principles and conceptual approaches. Echolocation is curated by Haely Chang, Kirsten Gill, and Hilary R. Whitham as a part of The Incubation Series, a collaboration between the Fine Arts and History of Art Graduate Programs at the University of Pennsylvania.
In Eunyoung Lee's paintings, amalgams of recognizable, quasi-universal symbols and unruly yet familiar abstractions, oscillate between almost and barely recognizable. In site-specific installations and collage- and text-based pieces, Sarah Legow juxtaposes seemingly arbitrary found objects in complex visual phrases. Heather Raquel Phillips creates stylized, staged photographs, primarily portraits that revel in saturated color and burlesque visual drama. Her recent work contemplates the adoption of disguise and personae, and behavioral miming more generally. Richard Hogan's photos interrogate canonical approaches to both the style and subject matter of photography, moving towards a transcendent critique of not only the medium itself, but also a broader history of image- making. Through his seemingly unassuming investigations, the unique abilities of photography to imitate, heighten, and subvert reality are gradually revealed.
This is the second exhibition in The Incubation Series, which takes its name from the idea that graduate school is a laboratory where one can test out new ways of thinking. Fostered by Keenan Bennett, Haely Chang, Kirsten Gill, and Hilary R. Whitham, the program aims to showcase the work of MFA candidates, while offering an opportunity for art history graduate students to expand their curatorial practices."
The four exhibiting artists share further thoughts on Speak Speak, Grizzly Grizzly's blog of essays & conversation.
September 5, 2015
Inspired by the Pope's visit, Philadelphia Pope Up at Globe Dye Works, an exhibition of religious-themed art. "From the traditional to the offbeat and humorous, the show will present contemporary artists’ approaches to religion and its meanings and interpretations."
City Paper anoints Pope Up as "one of the hidden gems of this year's Fringe Festival." I'm exhibiting the Islamic calligraphy influenced sculpture "Helix."
August 21, 2015
My site-specific text piece "Dear Ceiling" travels up to New Brunswick, Canada for Third Shift, Third Space Gallery's night time festival of public art projects. The seventeen outdoor art projects are spread among otherwise overlooked and abandoned city blocks.
"Occupying a small section of the Trinity Royal historic district between 7p.m. and midnight on August 21st, 2015, Third Shift aims to inspire Saint John residents to reimagine their city, reclaim vacant and under-utilized areas and engage with the uptown area.
Artists will be considering the physical presence of the area’s architecture to develop and exhibit their projects, making this experience unique to our city."
Jericho Knopp stops in for a look on Medium.com.
April 24, 2015
Just Come is a collaborative show produced by the members of Matt Freedman's Graduate Drawing Seminar. Working in pairs, we produced original works which were then subject to experimental dismantling and rearrangement by the team as a whole. The duos:
Sarah Legow / Stephanie Elden
Daniel Haun / Keenan Bennett
Marianna Williams / Eunyoung Lee
Shaina Gates / Richard Hogan
Jacob Been / Daria McMeans
Olivia Jones / Derek Rigby
April 9, 2015
Tonight: MFA candidates present public lectures on their research and work at Philadephia's Institute of Contemporary Art.
March 27, 2015
Now that I'm settling into my second semester at the University of Pennsylvania MFA program, the exhibitions are starting to pile up. Two are currently open:
LIKE, now showing at Charles Addams Gallery, is a show of work by the class of '16, including:
chukwumaa // Keenan Bennett // Stephanie Elden // Shaina Gates // Richard Hogan // E. Jane // Olivia Jones // Eunyoung Lee // Sarah Legow // Daria McMeans // Yue Nakayama // Heather Raquel Phillips // Kaitlin Pomerantz // Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez // Fern Vargas Vargas // Marianna Williams
Meanwhile, Aftermarketpara.de is a show staged in and around a crate on pickup truck, inspired by Marcel Duchamp's Boîte-en-valise (Box in a Suitcase), 1935-41. In addition to the physical show, the project spawned its own (now defunct) website.
Aftermarketpara.de was conceived and curated collectively by its participants:
chukwumaa // Charles Hall // Ava Hassinger // Corey Herynk // Sacha Hughes-Caley // E. Jane // Sarah Legow // Katie Locke // Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez // Derek Rigby // Lydia Rosenberg // Kasey Short // Stephanie Elden // Wilmer Wilson
August 17, 2013
"Homeward Found" is an Artforum.com critic's pick.
Chelsea Haines writes: "The Wassaic Project is a quirky, informal yet surprisingly ambitious exhibition and residency complex in a sleepy hamlet in upstate New York. At its core is a four-story mill converted into a quick-and-dirty exhibition space. This is the site of the organization’s sixth annual summer exhibition, which includes the work of eighty artists, about half of whom are former residents and whose intimacy with Wassaic’s idiosyncratic spaces and tight-knit community is keenly felt.
Installation and sculpture reign supreme in the exhibition’s barnlike setting..."
August 15, 2013
My "Sex and the Nature of Things" collage series is featured today in the London-based Journal of Wild Culture. Published by the Society for the Preservation of Wild Culture, the journal "focuses on the broad and fertile intersection between culture and the environment."
July 10, 2013
Homeward Found is now open at the Wassaic Project through September 2nd.
"Homeward Found, the Wassaic Project’s sixth annual summer exhibition, refers to a passage, a personal quest, and a seeking of home. The Wassaic Project invites viewers to climb the seven stories of the Maxon Mills grain elevator once again and explore the work of over eighty emerging artists, half of whom are Wassaic Artist Residency alumni. Homeward Found speaks to the domestic themes present throughout the exhibition, as well as the scavenged materials found in many of the works."
October 16, 2012
Fall travels: I'm on the road this season, hopping between residencies and other short-term gigs. First up was a residency at Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, in a renovated church in upstate New York, and now I'm pitching in as a Studio Assistant at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Next are residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Wassaic Project.
May 1, 2012
March 30, 2012
March 19, 2012
Evil Is Interesting, curated by Michael Workman/ANTIDOTE projects, opens at Antena Gallery this Friday, the 23rd. From the exhibition statement:
"This exhibition interrogates the seductiveness and glamour of evil. Evil, after all, is adept at projecting a certain kind of charm. We cherish the antics of our TV and motion picture villains in all their insouciant brutality and eroticized violence. But evil can also exert a subtle charm in the allure of its ability to feign a release from life's problems. Accepting the Faustian bargain of evil offerings requires a willingness to enter into a complicity with that evil, and to sacrifice the ideals of the "good life" that we aspire to. It is arguable that consenting to evil is always an intimate choice, with the goal of manipulating its victims into rejecting their own self-worth and, in consequence, to giving away control over the direction of their own life-course, now subsumed in service to evil. This can take place on the level of an intimate personal relationship, as in the instance of a rakish seduction, or on the level of an entire culture, as the history of fascism has shown.
Borrowing from a diverse range of artists from Filippo Marinetti, Rirkrit Tiranamija, Yves Klein and Wyndham Lewis, the exhibition space will be converted into a domestic backdrop against which objects, activities and more will form a totalized artistic environment. Visitors will be invited to interact with this environment while performances are conducted in the manner of a teatro totale. The question of the allure of evil will be interrogated both in objects that compose the environment, in performances both interactive with the audience, and in those acted out
as if no audience were present."
With: Frank Pollard, Mike Lenkowski, Lorna Mills, Sarah Weis, Bill Talsma, Elizabeth Suter, Jody Oesterreicher, Micki Tschur, Sarah Legow, Industry of the Ordinary, Holly Streekstra, Samantha Ocasta, Jeffrey Grauel, Tony Kapel, Computers Cult, Maitejosune Urrechaga and others.
False Love 'zine with texts by AA Bronson, Michael Workman, Dan Gleason and others.
January 31, 2012
"Excavating History: Artists Take on Historic Sites" is now available from Annie Heckman's StepSister Press. Featured are essays and images from all of the "Excavating History" series of exhibitions, including the 2010 iteration at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum where I screened The Woman in the Wallpaper.
November 3, 2011
The group exhibit KNOCKOUT opens tomorrow at [prak-sis] Contemporary Art Association.
"The subject of this show is the fight-ending blow, the final kick, the punch, a strike so hard it renders someone unconscious. Traditionally associated with full-contact combat sports, this term is typically associated to masculinity, aggression, strength, and undisputed, uncontested victory. Interestingly, this term also can be used to refer to women whose hyper-femininity makes them worthy of admiration, becoming objectified as the passive subject of the male gaze. This show includes work that explores both of these seemingly contradictory sides or the gray areas where both concepts meet."
With - Leah Rae Brown // David Criner // Michael Fazio // Daniel Greenberg // Andrew Hammerand // Jennifer Hodges // Kristie Keenon // Evelyn Kelley // Karolina Kowalczyk // Sarah Legow // Jordan McGirk // Sharon Mooney // Joe Morris // Giuseppe Pellicano // Christine Rabenold // Ali Urasky // Colette Wright Adams
October 15, 2011
Final show with the School of the Art Institute opens tonight and runs through November 12th. I'm showing one sculpture series and one collages series.
April 9, 2011
February's Prague show opens tonight in its new incarnation at Chicago's Mess Hall. Now known as 7,308.23 kilometers = 4,541.123 miles, it features photography, collage, text, and live improvised music. Thanks to Becky and Troy for pulling it together.
Also new, a working draft of my latest animation, "Chemical Emblems," appears in an online exhibition at ExTV.
February 23, 2011
The group exhibition 7308.230 opens today in Prague's Galerie AVU.
"A koan is a fundamental part of the history and lore of Zen Buddhism. It consists of a story, dialogue, question, or statement, the meaning of which cannot be understood by rational thinking but may be accessible through intuition. A meeting of cultures, conceptual thinking enabled a mix of visually unified perspectives. A memory exchange between Chicago and Prague based artists who then respond to a chosen memory though a photograph.
Featuring - Becky Grajeda // Troy Briggs // Veronika Bromova // Jirí Hladík // Sarah Legow // Catherine Pancake // Brenna Quinn // Tamara Malas // Amanda Leigh Maranca // Mark McWilliams // Markéta Rákosníková // Ali Scott // Jennifer Nicole Swann // Lukas Petr Josef Theofil Válka // Tomáš Vrána // Kim Walker"
December 3, 2010
The elegantly designed Urban Bloom is an online periodical which explores nature's role in the city through monthly themed art portfolios. This November the theme is "the methods of the scavenger." My works appear on page 11 & 12.
November 16, 2010
NewPages has posted a review of the Spring 2010 Cream City Review. Tanya Angell Allen writes:
"Sarah Legow's cover art for the latest 245 page volume of Cream City Review depicts ordinary objects inside eggshells. One shell holds sand. Another holds fur. Others hold clock gears, cigarette butts, shells, and twine. It's oddly perfect for the issue, as Cream City is crammed with strange, good pieces that give magic-realistic tinges to ordinary and gritty subjects...
[The] essays, stories, poems, and artworks in Cream City remind us of the beautiful and mad bits of magic that can be made from ordinary life."
October 6, 2010
The Spring 2010 issue of Cream City Review, published by the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, features 200+ pages of poetry, fiction, art, and creative non-fiction. Two of my sculpture pieces appear inside and another supplies the cover art.
May 14, 2010
Exhibition organized by Rebecca Keller, and featuring the work of - Liene Bosque-Muller // Chiara Galimberti // Elise Goldstein // Maral Hashemi // Rebecca Hernandez // Allison Jenetopulos // Rebecca Keller // Sarah Legow // Erin Obradovich // Hannah Merry Shaw // Cori Williams