Anatomy of Desire, Sarah Allen Eagen’s debut solo exhibition in New York City, presents new drawing, painting, sculpture, and collage from the artist’s cross- disciplinary art practice. Eagen explores the human body as both physical surface and psychological landscape – a locus of contradictory physical and sensory experience that refuses to resolve into a linear narrative. This new work focuses on the tension between the artificial and the real, comfort and discomfort, the stunning and the grotesque. Eagen presents the moment when these distinctions dissolve. We witness a bodily form quivering on the knife’s edge of seduction and repulsion, and must navigate this charged psychological space.
chashama 461 Gallery, 461 West 126th Street, New York, NY
February 14th – March 1st, 2015
Tender: Intimacy in the Digital Age
The Beacon Room, 506 Main Street, Beacon NY, 12508
July 9 - August 1, 2015
Feed Me Diamonds
Vitrina Gallery, 90 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002
September 18 - October 4, 2015
25 East Gallery, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY, 2013
Propeller Gallery, 984 Queen St West, Toronto, Canada
July 18 - 29, 2011
Nuit Blanche: "Honey I'm Home!"
"Honey I'm Home!" Live at Nuit Blanche, Toronto, 2011
By Nicole Bazuin, Sarah Eagen and Cheryl Hsu In partnership with Wendy Cukier, James Warrack & Madeleine Collective Produced by Ryerson University's Diversity Institute & School of Image Arts
“Honey I’m Home!” - was presented as part of a contemporary art festival in Toronto conceived, produced and evaluated by a team lead by three young female artists with the support of an extensive team of professionals and volunteers. The interactive film installation enabled the audience to co-create episodes of a situational comedy (sit com) by playing the role of “father” regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or age in an effort to disrupt both the genre of sit com as well as the stereotypical notions of “family” (social goals), on a fully cost recovery sustainable basis (economic goals) while engaging the audience and breaking new ground (artistic goals). The production involved more than 50 professional and volunteer artists, screenwriters, writers, musicians, film editors, designers, technicians, stage crew, actors and others and engaged more than 60 audience members in 60 five minute film episodes created during a 12 hour exhibition period which was attended by more than 500 viewers.
The harried mother, two rambunctious kids and the clueless, bumbling father – welcome to the family sitcom. A classic, tried-and-true formula that we all know and love – but does it truly reflect the real experiences of the modern and diverse Canadian family? The exhibitHoney I'm Home! was featured in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2011 and parodies the familiar sitcoms of the 1990s such as Full House, Everybody Loves Raymond or Home Improvement. You will recognize the popular representation of the archetypal nuclear family, the wacky yet touching plot lines, and of course – the omnipresent laugh tracks. It is a near-perfect classic sitcom except that it is missing only one thing – the "dad".
Nuit Blanche guests of all genders, ages, cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations were invited to fill in this missing father role of this original stereotypical sitcom during the night of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2011. The Nuit Blanche guest was filmed in the partial TV studio set visible behind a glass façade while the live footage was inserted into pre-taped episodes of Honey I'm Home! and projected to the audience outside – confronting the viewers with an unusually cast ‘father' in a traditional sitcom family.