Audrey Wollen

ALAS I WAS CURED

May 6 – June 10, 2017
Opening Reception: May 6, 7 – 9pm

 

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Audrey Wollen: ALAS I WAS CURED, Installation view, Steve Turner, May 2017

Audrey Wollen: ALAS I WAS CURED, Installation view, Steve Turner, May 2017

Audrey Wollen: ALAS I WAS CURED, Installation view, Steve Turner, May 2017

Audrey Wollen. A Clinical Lesson, 2017. Digital print, 29 x 44 inches (73.7 x 111.8 cm)

Audrey Wollen. Only Detonate, 2017. Cotton dress and fireworks, 76 x 27 x 8 inches

Audrey Wollen. Only Detonate, 2017. Cotton dress and fireworks, 76 x 27 x 8 inches

Audrey Wollen. Only Detonate, 2017. Cotton dress and fireworks, 76 x 27 x 8 inches (detail)

Audrey Wollen. Only Detonate, 2017. Cotton dress and fireworks, 76 x 27 x 8 inches (detail)

Audrey Wollen. Jane and Me, 2017. Video, 36 mins

Audrey Wollen. Jane and Me, 2017. Video, 36 mins (detail)

Audrey Wollen. Jane and Me, 2017. Video, 36 mins (detail)

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Steve Turner is pleased to present ALAS I WAS CURED, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles artist Audrey Wollen. Moving through different mediums, Wollen follows the quivering body of Jane Avril (1868-1943) as she appeared in fin de siècle imagery, whether embodying the iconography of female hysteria, surfacing on posters pasted across Paris or in museums, manifesting the erotics of the operating theatre, and later, be reborn in 21st century cinema.

As a teenager admitted into Charcot’s La Salpêtrière psychiatric hospital, Avril watched legendary divas of female madness perform for the foundational physicians of modern day psychoanalysis and neurology. Released as a young woman, she became a star at the infamous Moulin Rouge, immortalized in the drawings and posters of Toulouse-Lautrec. Wollen’s Avril embodies the imagery of art history, popular advertising, and medical pathology, weaving together another possible genealogy of contemporary femininity. Wollen finds kinship within a lineage that both mirrors and dissolves her own, opening up possibilities of relating intimately across time and difference.

Through video, sculpture, photography, and text, the artist bends theory like a soft metal, using it as another kind of material, another kind of surface. She extends her research into larger questions: is it better to be a girl or an image? Can we locate the subtle cleft where our bodies end and objects begin, the buried suture that ties us to thing-hood? The feminine self is no longer relegated to the cornered position of muse, patient, data, or content, but rather, re-presented as an unruly narrator, witness to a dying century. Tracing her own coming-of-age at the turn of the millennium through this lens, Wollen imagines an alternative archive of girlhood, where we dance in hospitals, writhe through the streets, and detonate our own image.

Audrey Wollen earned a BFA from CalArts, Valencia in 2015.  Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2016); Chateau Shatto, Los Angeles (2016) and Minerva Gallery, Sydney (2016).  ALAS I WAS CURED will be Wollen’s debut solo exhibition.

Born 1991, Los Angeles
Lives and works in Los Angeles

Education

2013 BFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2017
Alas I Was Cured,  Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2015
Venus of the Mirror, Thesis Solo Exhibition at D301 Gallery, Valencia, CA

2014
I Cannot Be Touched, Human Resources, Los Angeles (with Cali Thornhill DeWitt)
Sad Girl Theory, Sunday Gallery, Los Angeles

2013
Sacred and Profane, D301 Gallery, CalArts, Valencia

Group Exhibitions

2017
Ministry of Internal Affairs, Intimacy as a Text, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw

2016
Ma,  Chateau Shatto, Los Angeles
Fiona Conner Sydney de Jong, Audrey Wollen,  Minerva Gallery, Sydney
Before and After Selfies, Parallel: Art and Cinema Festival, Bristol

2015
Cash Machine,  FatherSons Gallery, Los Angeles
No New Friends,  Sunday Gallery, Los Angeles
Womanhouse Anniversary Group Show,  CalArts, Valencia

Readings and Lectures

2016
Feminism 4.0: What Feminist Art Looks Like Now, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Los Angeles

2015
What Were You Expecting, SPRAWL Reading Series, CalArts, Los Angeles
Daddy City: A Night of Poetry and Prose with 8 Miraculous Girls, Sade Gallery, Los Angeles