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EMPIRE Magazine, MASSIVE WINTER EDITION (Oct 2016, Issue 328) 

Jessica Voorsanger


Opening Tuesday, 25. October, 7 pm

25.10 - 10.12.2016



In EMPIRE Magazine, MASSIVE WINTER EDITION (Oct 2016, Issue 328) Jessica Voorsanger is presenting a new series of paintings, 50 in total, which are all held together with the thread of collaging images from the same current edition of the film Magazine EMPIRE. Collage is usually about the juxtaposition of elements from several different sources, bringing them together into one image. With this series of paintings, Voorsanger has done the opposite - she has made 50 different improvisations from one single source. It is an imaginative journey where one magazine brings the viewer into 50 different places. 


Voorsanger’s established practice exploring issues surrounding popular culture and celebrity takes a radical departure in this new series of paintings juxtaposing vintage fabrics with toxic and vibrant painted colour interventions. She refers to them as 'painted collages'. The faded, patterned vintage fabrics in contrast with the vibrant poured and dripped paint locate the work in its questioning of what collage could be if the elements are not strictly ephemeral. Perhaps everyone should make 50 paintings every time they read a magazine? 


Jessica Voorsanger (*1965) studied at Rhode Island School of Design and London Goldsmith College. Solo exhibitions include Eastenders / Whitechapel Art Gallery, London / London Mystery Train, Art on the Underground & ICA, London / The Woody Allen Show, Gallery-33 FON, Berlin / I Think I Love You, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh / The Retrieval Series: Bob Geldof, Modern Culture, New York / Baby Shower, Camden Art Centre, London. Group exhibitions: Star Struck, New Art Gallery Walsall, England / Hearing Voices, Seeing Things, Serpentine Gallery, London / Forward/Backward Reloading, Island 6 Art Center, Shanghai China / Air Guitar, touring show including Milton Keynes Gallery & Cornerhouse, Manchester / To Whom it May Concern, CCAC, San Francisco CA

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