ANNIE TERRAZZO BRINGS HER "BIG ISSUES" TO LONDON
Los Angeles Artist Takes On "Vogue" During London's Fashion Week
PRIVATE VIEW - OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, September 17th, 6-8PM
September 14th-18th, 11AM-6PM
Nancy Victor Gallery
6 Charlotte Place, London W1T 1SG
May 13, 2015 - Los Angeles, CA, Being in vogue means being in style, but in 2015 being in "Vogue" means something far greater. If you listen to English-born, U.S. editor-in-chief Anna Wintour tell it, you'll know that "to be in 'Vogue' has to mean something. It's an endorsement. It's a validation." And as the magazine continues to elbow the massive piles of publications off of the shelves in the women's interest section of your favorite magazine stand while it grows in size year after year, seemingly absorbing the printed pages of those lesser fashion magazines that retreat into the digital realm, you realize that she may be right. This is where multimedia artist Annie Terrazzo - of Kill Your Selfie fame - finds herself for her upcoming solo exhibition Big Issues at the independent, inviting and quirky gallery space called Nancy Victor Gallery, right in the heart of Fitzrovia, Central London, leading into September's London Fashion Week.
Thriving since its inception in 1892, "Vogue's" title translates to "an expression of popularity;" fitting for a magazine dubbed as the world's most influential. Recognized globally for its fashion and lifestyle editorials packed with the "cult of personality" Wintour has built of her opinionated writers, it's published monthly in 23 national and regional editions. "Vogue" is dressed in silk and fantasy, and the most famous of the ultra glitterati pose in dresses most girls couldn't dream themselves into; it's a romance novel and yet it helps define pop culture and society at large. "Vogue" tackles the biggest issues and how fashion affects them. And it's what inspired the 20-piece collection of mixed media portraits that Terrazzo has built to highlight the entire catalogue and history of the magazine.
LA-native Annie Terrazzo's work is the perfect fit for tackling "Vogue" and its biggest issues, and she is doing it with her largest body of work yet. The "dynamic, graphically tight, wittily sexualized collection of images that reference popular culture, historical portraiture and inyour-face (pun intended) visual oversaturation" Terrazzo created for Kill Your Selfie [Shana Nys Dambrot, LA Weekly] explode out of their popular position in the LA art scene for a new take on collage and trash portraiture in London.
Working primarily with found objects, especially newspapers and magazines, Terrazzo sources collage backgrounds to absorb colored pencil portraits and project both sexuality and ideal beauty. There is an ironic, present-day juxtaposition on top of cultural memories, and viewers are often found reading the pieces both literally, line by line, and as an observation of the themes of the piece. These backgrounds provide a base with depth, inspiring the paintings Terrazzo creates on top of them.
Big Issues will cover the entirety of "Vogue," using both old and new magazines to reflect the heart of the vogue imagery from each generation, and dissect the "Vogue" icon and what it means to us as it continues its reign. Each piece being completely made out of the pages of these years of magazines, the show is a translation of both the artist's meditative absorption of the source material and her inspiring skill as an artist slammed into one. It's a thrilling pop-up experience in the middle of Soho in the perfect timeliness and limited timeframe all at once.
The artist's portraits have been in exhibitions curated by Timothy J Potts, director of the Getty Museum, Jenny Gheith, Assistant Curator at the SF MOMA, and her work is in permanent collections at the Thompson Hotel in Chicago along side Chuck Close and in the Joan Quinn Portraits collection with such artists as David Hockney, Andy Warhol and Helmut Newton.
Recently, she has been featured in Art Apart of Culture, Huffington Post USA and UK, LA Weekly and Wall Street International.