Digital pigment print onto Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308 gsm, with unique hand applied elements
Diptych, each print 61 x 41.8 cm [24 x 16.7 inches]
Edition of 20, signed and numbered
About the work
Slinger’s edition takes as its starting point Agar’s Angel of Anarchy, The edition, a diptych, comprises two images, or as the artist describes, one image with two interpretations. On the left, a digital collage, featuring a photograph of Slinger’s face from the early 1970s. On the right an image of a recent three-dimensional work, featuring a plaster life-cast of Slinger’s face from the same period, adorned with cloth, shells, beadwork etc mounted on a wooden board. Slinger has hand-applied elements such as shells, beads and feathers to each print, making each unique.
For Slinger, these two variations on the original head created by Eileen Agar represent the fluidity of media so prevalent in the work of the women in the surrealist movement, an approach which has had much impact on work currently being created in the world of art today. They also embody Slinger’s approach to her practice in which she has always blended mediums and moved freely between 2 and 3 dimensional works.
Penny Slinger’s homage to Eileen Agar, holds a personal resonance for the artist. It was Slinger’s inclusion in the exhibition, Angels of Anarchy; Women Artists and Surrealism in 2009, at Manchester Art Gallery, that reconnected her with the art world after many years of absence. Slinger’s patron, Sir Roland Penrose, also shared a close association with Agar.
About the artist
Penny Slinger, b. 1947, London, England, lives and works in California. Slinger works primarily with the themes of female desire, subjugation and rebirth. Active from the late 60’s her expansive and influential practice has ranged across collage, sculpture, experimental theatre, film and book making. In her early work a key influence was the surrealist Max Ernst, in his use of collage and treatment of the human body. Recently, Richard Kovitch directed the documentary on her life, Penny Slinger: Out of the Shadows (2019).
Recent solo exhibitions include: An Exorcism- The Works, Broadcasts, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles (2020), Inside Out, Fortnight Gallery, New York (2019), Tantric Transformations, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London (2019), Self Impressions, Riflemaker London (2015), Penny Slinger, Blum and Poe Gallery, Tokyo (2015), Penny Slinger, Blum and Poe Gallery, Los Angeles (2014), Exorcism Revisited, Broadway 1602 Gallery, New York (2012), Hear What I Say, Riflemaker Gallery, London (2012). Recent group shows include: Some of the Hole, Simian gallery, Copenhagen (2020), LESS Festival of Contemporary Collage, Viborg, Denmark. (2020) The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and the Cosmic Tree, Camden Arts Center, London (2020), Tantra: Enlightenment To Revolution, British Museum, London (2020), The Enchanted Interior, Guildhall, London (2020), Bodily Objects, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London (2020), House of the Sleeping Beauties, Sothebys S/2, London (2019), Visible Women, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, UK (2019), The Hired Grievers, curated by Jason Dodge, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal (2018), Virgina Woolf:: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings, Tate St Ives, Cornwall, UK (2018), The House of Fame, convened by Linder, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK (2018), Sex Work, booth at Frieze Art Fair, curator Alison Gingeras (2017), Dreamers Awake, White Cube Gallery, London (2017).
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