Sara Mageheimer

…in the office
Five Places First
February 23 - March 19, 2017


Chapter NY is thrilled to present Sara Magenheimer’s Five Places First, a solo project in the gallery’s office. The exhibition features new works on paper and opens in conjunction with her current installation at The Kitchen: I CollectNeglected Venoms. Culled from her own image archive, the 10 exhibited collages apply repetition, layering and framing in a way that echoes the artist’s cohesive approach to video, performance and assemblage. Working across a range of media, Magenheimer serves to collapse the distinction between these variable modes of making. The filmic is applied with almost painterly gesture, as eachimage becomes an expression of some unknowable energy, some intangiblemood. This impulse is mirrored in Magenheimer’s inclusion of scenes from Antonioni’s Red Desert: a film approached as a painting, a confrontation with our very sense of surface. Whether cut from staged interiors or movie stills, the artist’s re-contextualization of readymade images similarly shifts their perceived meaning. Through these considered compositions, Magenheimer questions the function of language and systems of signification in an effort to encourage subjective perspective and new associations.

Sara Magenheimer (b. Philadelphia, PA) lives and works in New York, NY. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Art in General + Kim?, Riga, Latvia; COR&P, Columbus, Ohio; JOAN, Los Angeles; Recess, New York,Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, and DOCUMENT, Chicago. Her videos have been screened at venues such as Anthology Film Archives, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Images Festival, Toronto; and The New York Film Festival. Her work has been in group shows at White Columns, New York; Aspen Art Museum,Aspen; Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston; and Futura Center for Contemporary Art, Prague. In addition to her current solo show at The Kitchen, New York, Magenheimer will open a two person screening with Hannah Black on The High Line, New York in 2017.

SM Installation 2 website

SM Installation 1 website