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The Apathy Band LP is now available!

Hot off the presses is The Apathy Band’s new LP! Available on eBay. This is the first LP for the Apathy Band. The band has had many incarnations but this version has the experimental funk fusion sounds that George Cleghorn brings with saxophone, Calvin Tsai brings with his guitar, George Lionel Barker (also known from The Fucks) on piano & bass, Leonardo Ulian on the Theremin and Jessica Voorsanger on spoken word. fullsizerender-5

LIBERTIES at The Exchange, Penzance (20 Oct 2016 – 7 Jan 2017)

22 Oct 2016 – 07 Jan 2017
The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance, TR18 2NL

Guler Ates, Helen Barff, Sutapa Biswas, Sonia Boyce, Jemima Burrill, Helen Chadwick, Sarah Duffy, Rose English, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Alison Gill, Helena Goldwater, Joy Gregory, Margaret Harrison, Alexis Hunter, Frances Kearney, EJ Major, Eleanor Moreton, Hayley Newman, Freddie Robins, Monica Ross, Jo Spence, Jessica Voorsanger, Alice May Williams and Carey Young

Liberties presents a snapshot of the evolving conversations that have contributed to the mapping of a woman’s place in British society through work by 24 artists.  Film, photography, sculpture, performance and painting reflect personal and political issues and changes in art practice in the 40 years since the introduction of the Sex Discrimination Act in the UK.

The curators do not presume to have surveyed the past 40 years of women’s art practice, but to consider the intervening years since a significant equalitarian law was introduced, and to remind ourselves of what has been fought and won over the years, and what there is still to do.

 

Curated by Day+Gluckman

This exhibition first showed at Collyer Bristow Gallery, London 2nd July – 21st October 2015 and was part of the outcome of a research and development grant for A Woman’s Place project supported by Arts Council South East. With thanks to Collyer Bristow LLP.

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Now it is Permitted: 24 Wayside Pulpits curated by Bridget Smith at the Swedenborg Society opening on Thursday the 20th of October 2016.

Now it is Permitted: 24 Wayside Pulpits’ curated by Bridget Smith at the Swedenborg Society opening on Thursday the 20th of October 2016. aab0cb98-3068-44a2-b7db-1d586c4daaee

EMPIRE Magazine, MASSIVE WINTER EDITION (Oct 2016, Issue 328) solo exhibition at Kornhaussen (Aschaffenburg Germany)

The solo exhibition ‘EMPIRE Magazine, MASSIVE WINTER EDITION (Oct 2016, Issue 328)’ opens on Tuesday 25th of October at Kornhauschen in Aschaffenburg Germany. The work in this exhibition continues to explore the fusion between painting and collage, inspired by the current edition of the movie magazine ‘Empire’.

EMPIRE Magazine, MASSIVE WINTER EDITION (Oct 2016, Issue 328) 
Jessica Voorsanger
 
Eröffnung: Dienstag, 25. Oktober, 19 Uhr
25.10 – 10.12.2016

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Kornhäuschen freut sich, neue Arbeiten von der in London lebenden amerikanischen Künstlerin Jessica Voorsanger zu zeigen. Sie präsentiert eine Serie von insgesamt 50 Bildern in Form einer Collage, das verbindende Element ist die aktuelle Ausgabe des Filmmagazins EMPIRE.

Als Collage wird das Nebeneinander von Elementen aus unterschiedlichen Quellen in einem Bild bezeichnet. In ihrer Serie hat Voorsanger das Gegenteil gemacht – sie schuf 50 verschiedene Improvisationen aus einer einzigen Quelle. Entstanden ist eine imaginäre Reise, die Betrachter an 50 verschiedene Orte führt. Voorsangers Thema ist die Populärkultur und die Welt der Prominenten. Retrostoffe in Verbindung mit leuchtenden, grellen Farbinterventionen sind ein neues Element in ihrem Zyklus, den Voorsanger “gemalte Collagen” nennt.

EMPIRE Magazine, MASSIVE WINTER EDITION (Oct 2016, Issue 328) ist Voorsangers dritte Einzelausstellung im Kornhäuschen nach Crimefighter (2009) und Worldstaronestoppopshop, die 2013 in der Museumsnacht eröffnet wurde.

 
Jessica Voorsanger (*1965) ist Absolventin der Rhode Island School of Design und des Londoner Goldsmith Colleges. Einzelausstellungen beinhalten 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. Gruppenausstellungen: 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
 

 

Kornhäuschen
Webergasse am Schloss
63739 Aschaffenburg

Live Long and Prosper at Work Gallery (21st July to 16th September 2016)

Jessica Voorsanger’s solo exhibition Live Long and Prosper at Work Gallery, 10A Acton Street, London WC1X 9NG  from 21st July to 16th September 2016. The Private view is on 21st July from 6:30pm until late. All welcome.

There will also be an ‘In Conversation’ with Jean Wainwright at the closing event on 14th September 2016 at 6:30pm.

LiveLong&Prosper

In Live Long and Prosper, Jessica Voorsanger is presenting a new series of paintings in which she imagines the paintings she would make if she were artist-in-residence on The Starship Enterprise.

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 colours. 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 a sci-fi utopian future could hold.

Jessica: Oh hello Captain Kirk! What do you think of my new paintings?

Captain Kirk: Fantastic!

Mr.Spock: This cacophanous colour is not logical.

Jessica: Actually, I think you will find Mr.Spock that the melding of the patterned fabrics are indicative of the time period in which they exist. The bright poured and dripped paint is a reaction to what the potential futures could be.

Mr.Spock: Very interesting.

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Shakespeare hits Scunthorpe High Street

Shakespeare hits Scunthorpe High Street

JV as Shakespeare

Jessica Voorsanger payed homage to William Shakespeare on the 11th of June 2016 by leading a parade of Tudor musicians and actors through the town centre of Scunthorpe. It was one of the many events connected to Shakespeare400 that North Lincolnshire Library have organised. The actors were drama students from North Lindsey College. The reaction that they received was a combination of celebration and confusion!

Tudor Parade

Captain Kirk at the Art Car Boot Fair (June 2016)

Jessica Voorsanger appeared at the Art Car Boot Fair this 12th of June 2016 as one of her favourite Star Trek characters, Captain Kirk. She proceeded to show Captain Kirk’s drawing skills off by drawing portraits to the ACBF as Mr. Spock. Live Long and Prosper…

Captain Kirk at the ACBF

Captain Kirk drawing

Cath Hawes has been ‘Spocked’Cath Hawes has been 'Spocked'

Jessica Voorsanger joins The Apathy Band

Apathy Band Acoustic Set Grow BarJessica Voorsanger joins The Apathy Band as a vocalist. Watch this space for performance news. They recently performed at Grow Bar, Hackney Wick on the 2nd June 2016. The members of the band are: Bob and Roberta Smith, Jessica Voorsanger, George Lionel Barker, Leonardo Ulian, Calvin Tsai and George Cleghorn.

Apathy Band at Grow Bar

Imprint 93 on show at The Whitechapel Gallery until 25th September 2016

Jessica Voorsanger is showing work from the early 1990’s in the archival exhibition which chronicles the curatorial projects of Matthew Higgs’ Imprint 93 (1993-1997) at the Whitechapel Art Gallery running until the 25th of September 2016.

Voorsanger is interviewed in this article from the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/mar/17/imprint-93-matthew-higgs-mail-art-whitechapel-gallery

Bob Geldof’s Rubbish on show at Foundling Museum until 4th September 2016

Bob Geldof’s Rubbish on show at Foundling Museum until 4th September 2016

For those of you who have not yet had a chance to see the fantastic  group exhibition FOUND, curated by Cornelia Parker at the Foundling Museum, running until the 4th of September 2016 (40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ).

Here is the link for the BBC4’s Saturday Review which discusses the show (at approx. 8 mins 28 seconds):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07bt50m

Impostors ~ The Curly Haired Men Series

Impostors ~ The Curly Haired Men Series

The Impostors Series has taken several different forms; installation, video, performance and photography. It’s main characteristic is in the ‘impostorship’ of someone well known. In the installation works, the viewer is invited to dress-up as the celebrity/television character or artist and perform as them. But in all cases, there are elements that highlight the fact the the participant is an ‘impostor’, either through gender, race or poor quality wigs.

In this series of photographs, Jessica Voorsanger, having been diagnosed with cancer, used her illness as a strength.  In the midst of her chemotherapy treatment she continued to explore identity and gender politics in The Impostor Series by creating a series of photographs of herself as famous bald men.  When her hair started to grow back – it came back curly (which was new for her).  Her response to this new step in the process of recovering from her illness, and wanting to reclaim herself – created a series of photographs of herself as Curly Haired Men.  The men included in the grouping are: Ronald McDonald, Adam Ant, Starsky (from Starsky & Hutch), Michael Landon (from The Little House on the Prairie), Art Garfunkel, Bob Dylan and Tom Selleck.

           

Impostors ~ The Bald Man Series

Impostors ~ The Bald Man Series

The Impostors Series has taken several different forms; installation, video, performance and photography. It’s main characteristic is in the ‘impostorship’ of someone well known. In the installation works, the viewer is invited to dress-up as the celebrity/television character or artist and perform as them. But in all cases, there are elements that highlight the fact the the participant is an ‘impostor’, either through gender, race or poor quality wigs.

In this series of photographs, Jessica Voorsanger, having been diagnosed with cancer, used her illness as a strength.  In the midst of her chemotherapy treatment she continued to explore identity and gender politics in The Impostor Series by creating a series of photographs of herself as famous bald men.  There are six portrait to link with the six cycles of chemotherapy that Voorsanger had to endure. The men included in the grouping are: Pablo Picasso, Alfred Hitchcock, Claude Monet, Kojak, Yul Brynner and Henry Moore.

 

 

 

THE ART OF JESSICA VOORSANGER: The Impostor Series (OUT NOW!)

THE ART OF JESSICA VOORSANGER: The Impostor Series, edited by Jean Wainwright with contributions from Jean Wainwright, Kathy Kubicki, Louisa Buck, Ralph Rugoff, Emily Druiff and Deborah Robinson. Published by Black Dog Publishing London (due for release on 30 September 2014).

 

THE ART OF JESSICA VOORSANGER: The Impostor Series

The book explores a range of her work, from karaoke performances, kitsch installations, paintings and sculpture, with a particular focus on new work emerging from her ongoing project, The Impostor Series. By using humor and parody in The Impostor Series, her work is also able to tackle tough topics including her personal cancer treatment, gender politics, and the discomfort that we can feel as an audience through humor. As a book The Art of Jessica Voorsanger operates on the same plain as the world she is critiquing, the design itself drawing on celebrity annuals, memories of falling in love with David Cassidy, and a childhood spent celebrity-spotting in New York’s Upper East Side. The publication takes on board all of the playfulness, seriousness and vibrance of Voorsanger’s work, contributing to the wide-reaching current discussion in society around celebrity in an engaging way. Although included in several publications, Jessica Voorsanger does not yet have one specific to her work, giving this book particular significance.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Art-Jessica-Voorsanger-Imposter/dp/1908966858/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402481255&sr=8-1&keywords=jessica+voorsanger

 

 

Museums at Night (May 15th to May 17th 2014)

Decide which Museum wins me for an event this May!

All are great. Voting continues until January 28th…

JV Star Trek (detail)

The Connect10 vote: You decide where Jessica Voorsanger appears

for Museums at Night 2014.

The Connect10 vote to see where Jessica Voorsanger goes for Museums at

Night is now open. Cast your vote from the link below:

http://www.culture24.org.uk/places-to-go/museums-at-night/art461885-Connect10-Vote-Jessica-Voorsanger#.UtXLBRiPQC8.facebook

More on the venues competing to host Jessica for an exciting evening event of art interventions and possible outbreaks of karaoke during the weekend of Thursday May 15 – Saturday May 17:

Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington, will establish 12 modern-day celebrities who define a particular musical style, e.g. Lady Gaga

and Dizzee Rascal, then work with drama and music students to develop them into their predecessor icons from the Music Hall,

e.g. Marie Lloyd and George Formby.

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, will unveil a historical and contemporary automata exhibition that will include

a circus, a Steampunk playground, a roll-up, roll-up mix of entertainment DJs pumping through the gallery and museum atrium area,

and a Cocktail & Tea Bar where Tea-Duelling (!) will take place.

20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe will be presenting a sci-fi themed costumed party in the nave of the neo-gothic church and

out into the pedestrianised area.

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent will invite visitors to become Anglo-Saxon warriors, goldsmiths,

storytellers, gods and monsters or kings and queens to tell the alternative story of the Staffordshire Hoard or the archaeologists that uncovered it.

 

The public vote, hosted by Culture24, closes on Tuesday January 28 at 5pm.

WORLDSTARONESTOPPOPSHOP: New Work by Jessica Voorsanger

Loy & Powell (small)

6 July – August 2013, Private View Saturday 6th of July 2013, 17 Uhr

Kornhäuschen Galerie, Webergasse am Schloss 63739 Aschaffenburg Germany

 

Worldstaronestoppopshop
New work by Jessica Voorsanger.  In this one person exhibition as part of the Aschaffenberg Festival, Voorsanger has created a new series of works on paper.  All of the collaged, mixed media works come from a found book called ‘Wonders of the World’.