Cynthia Laureen Vogt: Unsettled Alphabets
February 5 – March 1, 2015
Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to present Unsettled Alphabets, a solo exhibition of recent pieces by
Cynthia Laureen Vogt. Unsettled Alphabets features collage works generated from Polaroid photographs and digital video stills as unique, accordion-fold artist’s books. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Friday, February 6th from 6 – 9pm at the gallery, suite 120 at The Loom, located at 1087 Flushing Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Printed on a variety of papers and transparency film, Vogt’s books are intimately-sewn and layered compositions offering anatomies of language marked by pulsing rhythms. Photographed wooden letters loom large on the pages, their three-dimensional appearance occasionally at variance with silhouetted figures. Alternately, the semblance of physicality in both figures and letters draw a closer correlation. Use of photographic soft focus and blurred, slightly vanishing traces of matter, along with strong shadows and striated patterns lend these pieces a subtle hint of film noir.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Vogt now lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her MFA from the University of Arizona, where she has also taught photography as well as conducted classes with the Tucson Arts Museum. She has exhibited her photography and artist’s books for over thirty years at venues both in the United States and abroad, including the Center for Contemporary Arts, the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, and the Nippon Polaroid Center in Japan. Vogt has published her work in a photographic essay as part of Woody Vasulka’s The Brotherhood, and her work has been reviewed in such publications as THE Magazine and Nippon Camera. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections.
Image: Nuit Amèricaine (detail), 2014, mixed media artist’s book, 5 x 4.625 inches, unfolds to 55.5 inches length, 12 pgs.