March 11, 2023
March 11th at 8 PM, Brooklyn, NY gallery Tomato Mouse presents a showcase of animated shorts, curated by Jeremy Finch, and including work by Michael Dispensa, Leda Brittenham, Sarah Legow, Kate Stone, Michael Price, Zosia S M Kochanski, Cody Healey-Conelly, Matt Richards, James J.A. Mercer, Yifan Jiang, and Carman.
January 26, 2023
Foundation Press’s Field Trip: A Collective Playbook for Making Art in the Outdoors is now available. Commissioned by Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England, to coincide with their exhibit Hinterlands, the book is a collection of creative prompts for making art in the wild. It’s viewable in the gallery, through April 30th, as well as in the Baltic Centre’s physical and digital archives, and downloadable via the publishers.
“This book celebrates brief moments of creative play – the unpredictable coming together of people in a place trying something out. It contains 35 instructions proposing ways that you could make something ‘in the landscape’. Whether these prompts sow the seeds for further making or perhaps simply produce an out-of-the- ordinary moment, we hope you enjoy the trip.”
Contributors: Alison Diamond // Alison Lloyd // Anne Vibeke Mou // Backgroundcamel // Beth J Ross // Caroline Locke // Chloe Henson // Christina Kolaiti // Christine Mackey // David Eckersley // Deane Hodgson // Eileen White // E McKenna // Emily Birkett // Emily Jardine // Erika Cann // Fiona Jesson // Foundation Press // Froso Papadimitriou // Hannah Gawne/Walter and Edith // Jane Pitt // Janina Sabaliauskaite // Jenny Purrett // Karis Richardson & Molly Traynor // Kath Bell // Kathryn Frund // Laura Harrington // Lena Wurz // Marcia Ley // Matthias Neumann // Natasha Armstrong // Noah Petit Navarro // Sarah Legow // Soft Radicle // Sonic Acts of Noticing
October 2, 2022
Now open in Boston, Fountain Street Gallery's presentation of my video "Dear Ceiling," paired with “The Sweet Here After: Wallpaper” by German artist Joas Nebe.
"In February 2021 Fountain Street launched 'The Sidewalk Video Gallery,' a public viewing gallery for video and other digital media art. Exhibitions of short, silent, experimental work will be displayed on two 50” monitors facing out from gallery windows at sidewalk level."
August 28, 2022
Bremerhaven's Nordsee-Zeitung newspaper covered & thoughtfully interpreted the Artspace Bremerhaven opening.
Anne Stürzer writes:
"The "Alte Bürger" [neighborhood] seemed transformed this weekend...
Full of curiosity, the art fans pushed open doors otherwise closed to them, exploring 14 enchanted places. They were amazed once again - the Artspace was held for the fifth time this year - at the Art Nouveau tiles in the stairwells, the marble floors, the high ceilings. On the one hand, time seemed to have stood still in the old quarter; on the other, the ravages of time had taken their toll on some of the houses. In some apartments, the former charm could only be guessed at, but art kissed them awake for a weekend...
Some of the artists dealt directly with the place where they were exhibiting...A short love letter, formulated by Sarah Legow, was written on the marble floor in a stairwell. The ceiling and the floor, they cannot come to each other like the two royal children from the ballad. Only if the world should collapse, the two could find each other.
Thank God, it is not that far yet. For the time being, the visitors enjoyed the many performances..."
(Translated from the German by DeepL.)
The “two royal children,” I’ve learned, is a reference to a German folk ballad with origins in the myth of Hero and Leander:
There were two royal children who
loved each other so much,
they couldn't come together,
the water was much too deep…
August 18, 2022
Artspace Bremerhaven, an annual public art festival that enlivens Die Alte Bürger neighborhood of Bremerhaven, Germany, is "a diverse journey of discovery...presented in empty spaces, shops, pubs, studios, galleries, stairwells, apartments and on the street."
Over the last weekend in August, I'll be installing "Dear Ceiling" in a stairwell in both English and German, where it will join 30+ other projects across a wide spectrum of art media.
August 17, 2022
Coming soon to an abandoned shopping mall in Helsinki, Finland, Kino Club & Ostaritutkimuksia - Shopping Mall Investigations present:
(de)construction, "a site-specific screening event addressing structural socio/economical changes related to urban development.
An international selection of short films show different perspectives on cityscaping and inhabitation around the world, from historical remnants to potential future outcomes.
Join us in the Helsinki suburb of Konala, where we collaborate with local vendors on hosting this event as part of the Shopping Mall Investigation programme.
David Valentine // Subrata Ghosh // Alexandre Silveira // Leyla Rodriguez // Delphine Richer // Susan Sentler // Edwin Miles // Sarah Legow // Arash Akbari // Lee Campbell // Sauli Tvaltvadze // Leonhard Müllner & Robin Klengel // Özlem Sarıyıldız & Bora Yediel // Greta Alfaro // Ville Koskinen
Live Performance by
Veronika Klausz & Jacqueline Aylward"
Ostaritutkimuksia "has established a temporary art and research space in the old Konalanvuori shopping center, which will open its doors in August. The program includes an exhibition, a research day, a video art screening event and an open reading circle."
June 22, 2022
“Experimental Film & Video 2022” is now open at the CICA Museum in Gimpo, South Korea, including my video “Numbers vs Death.”
Featured Artists: Marte Aas // AN SOH (안소현) // Eve Barden // Anibal Catalan // Enzo Cillo // Celia Eid // Lejin Fan // Paola Fernanda Guzmán Figueroa // Ciana Fitzgerald // Ali Georgescu // Marianne Hoffmeister // Young Hyun Jeon (전영현) // James Johnson-Perkins // Sofia Rudi Kent // Eun Gyeong Kim (김은경) // Kim tae hee (김태희) // Zach Koch // Sivaroj Kongsakul // Kiki Kouniari // Olivia Faye Lathuilliere // Leticia Laxon // Sarah Legow // Sarah Ellen Lundy // Carol Anne McGowan // Leah Netsky // Areumbit Park (박아름빛) // Park In Ok (박인옥) // Maria Pleshkovam // Erica Schreiner // David Smith // Madeline Rile Smith // Annie Strader/Matthew Weedman // Jayne Struble // Claudia Ungersbäck // Luisa Vidales Reina // Vanja Vukovic // Sam Welch & Alex Popa // Filip Wierzbicki-Nowak // Chansong Woo (우찬송) // Liqing Xu // Yoo Inseon (유인선) // Māra Zoltners
Meanwhile, my sculpture “Chicane” appears in the summer issue of Superpresent, in an issue themed around signs & symbols.
May 18, 2022
My short, absurdist fable "On Defeating the Apocalypse" will be published this summer in volume 16 of Maintenant, a yearly anthology of Dada-inspired work, along with selections from 200+ other writers and artists from around the world.
"When the corporate powers that be control all of the energy resources, Art Becomes A Necessity!!! Or as Tristen Tzara put it in his Dada Manifesto, 'Dada Dada Dada, a roaring of tense colors, and interlacing of opposites and of all contradictions, grotesques, inconsistencies: LIFE!'"
May 1, 2022
"The smallest, the quietest, the least, the narrowest, the slowest, the lightest, the shortest and the thinnest. We show work, barely perceptible by eye or by ear, yet unmistakably present."
The Festival of the Smallest, now in its second edition, is an online exhibition organized by 222lodge, an artist-run art space in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. Featured artists:
Banketje // Frans Duckers // Frans van Lent // Frans Verschoor // Ienke Kastelein // Jack Madden // Jan Barel // Janneke Kornet // Julian Walker // Kimvi Nguyen // Liesje van den Berk // Nico Parlevliet // Paul Henning // Sarah Legow // Sascha Röhricht // Steef van Lent // Toine Horvers // Ton Kraayeveld // Topp & Dubio
April 9, 2022
ArchiShorts, the short film competition associated with the Architecture + Design Film Festival Winnipeg, screens films that “celebrate the narrative potential of places, real and imagined.”
My stop-motion film version of “Dear Ceiling” was selected as an Honourable Mention.
March 18, 2022
The Spring 2022 issue of Superpresent magazine is now live, including two of the photography/poetry diptychs I made in collaboration with photographer Paul Ward.
And tomorrow, the show "Inscapes," an exploration of interior architecture, is opening at the Roxbury Arts Center in the Catskills of New York, with work by:
Kate Brown // Robert Buckwalter // Charles Clary // Gary Duehr // Elisabeth Dzuricsko // Michael Fauerbach // Sarah Legow // Edward Garbarino // Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes // Elaine Grandy // Rhonda Harrow-Engel // Megan Irving // Helane Levine-Keating // Ron Macklin // Alan Powell // Michael Reichman // Sara Stone
On hiatus, 2017 - 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.
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.
September 5, 2015
Inspired by the Pope's visit, Philadelphia Sculptors present 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."
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."
Come check out the work of my fellow January residents: Vika Adutova, Giada Crispiels, Alicia DeBrincat, Priti Gulati Cox, Alex McKenzie, Nora Rodriguez, Eduardo Santiere, and Markel Uriu.
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
This year's Kinsey Institute Art Show opens at Indiana University's Grunwald Gallery of Art on May 18th. Work "address[es] gender issues, sexuality, reproduction, sexual politics, romantic relationships, and the human figure."
A virtual version of the exhibit is viewable here.
March 30, 2012
Recommendations for the Evil Is Interesting show from Newcity and Bad at Sports.
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
Messing with Jane opens today at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, with a nod from Bad at Sports. I'll be screening The Woman in the Wallpaper, a site-specific animation installation.
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