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EXHIBITION/PUBLIC EVENT PROGRAM
Jackie Chang & Sarah Vogwill
October 13 - November 4, 1996
Jackie Chang's Art Created by the Artist Made by Someone Else is a collection of works designed by the artist but made by manufacturers located around Momenta Art in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The exhibition includes a venting duct made by a sheet metal fabricator and painted at an auto body shop, a large plastic wall cover made to specifications by a plastic furniture covering shop, and 10-foot zippers created by the zipper manufacturer next door to the gallery.
Each piece is identified with a "j. chang made in the U.S.A." cloth label made by Triangle Labels in Williamsburg. The exhibition examines the artist as maker, as well as the complex partnership between artists, galleries and the existing neighborhood in a fast-growing artist community.
Sarah Vogwill's installation Sentimental Education works through the loss of representations invested with a 19th century sentimental aesthetic.
A series of glass shelves on decorative brackets presents arrangements of mementos, found objects, and photographs embodying the melancholic tone of this work. Here 'La Vie Interieur' is defended as the refuge of emotional introspection against the encroaching metropolis.
But the pleasures of melancholy run up against the threat of public repression. "Don't cry," say the Narcissus-like mirrors. The viewer is nonetheless invited to participate: offered a seat in Uncle Selby's Chair near a plant sobbing shrilly; and finally, a calling card, with the words "What's it like to know I've seen your tears."
Jackie Chang received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Selected exhibitions include Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Art in General, NYC and Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL. Since her exhibition at Momenta, Chang has created public works for the Public Art Fund, NYC, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, NYC, and the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY.
Sarah Vogwill is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York.