Black Hole Time Lapse, 2012
Fiberglass, foam, vinyl, papier-mâché, wire, tape, and plywood
56 x 38 x 18 inches
142.3 x 96.5 x 45.8 cm
Tout Dit (2D)
Tout Dit (2D) is Agathe Snow’s first solo exhibition with OHWOW Gallery. Presenting a new body of work, Snow reveals a series of vivid wall reliefs, which are directly concerned with space and perspective. Using recognizable imagery – an archetypal vocabulary of shapes and objects – Snow articulates hypothetical events, scenarios, and conditions through groupings of these various items. However, unlike the full disclosure afforded by three- dimensional perspective, here, the artist’s use of two-dimensional format translates lapses and incomplete realities due to the limited scope inherent in wall-work.
Conceptually, Snow’s objective with this series is to displace the standard perception of dimensionality. By taking mass, rendered prostrate by concealing every angle, she offers only a partial glimpse of totality, or of an object’s true being. In doing so, she explores the notion of “flat’ – what flatness infers when speaking about art, or even in describing individuals and situations. The work she created argues for the sake of one-sided stories.
Tout Dit (2D) gambles with configuration, exploiting the possibilities achievable through the physical realization of an individual viewpoint. By presenting this platform for singular expression, Snow translates a personal narrative relating the often-limited dynamics of perception. Subsequently, this exhibition furnishes an enduring illusion, positing a figuratively impossible dimension, born of a literal compression.
I am talking of all things that make you halt, that take over your mind at the expense of all other thoughts. Any obsession, dependence, metaphor, and all generalizations that stop you in your course, leave you flat – an illusion. You only have a back and front, depending on who is looking. – Agathe Snow
Agathe Snow (b. 1976, Corsica, France) is a New York-based artist who has shown nationally at New Museum, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY. Snow has also achieved international recognition, exhibiting at prestigious institutions, such as Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany; Jeu de Paume, Paris, France; and Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom. Agathe Snow’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, and in The Dikeou Collection, Denver, CO.