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Erika Vogt

Bio

Working with drawing, sculpture, and video within precisely composed installations, Erika Vogt (b. 1973 East Newark, New Jersey) explores the intersection of science and the supernatural in multilayered spaces that feature subjects as wide-ranging as a pair of scissors and the devil. Her project Grounds and Airs (2011–12) is inspired in part by a fascination with systems of exchange and currency. For Notes on Currency (2012), Vogt uses a mimeograph machine for the first time to create instant multiples that are then used as a ground for drawings. The drawings feature reproductions of objects and tools of value, like a one-dollar bill or an arrowhead, and the accompanying texts are borrowed from notes taken by the artist while observing objects in a natural history museum. Additional forms drawn from everyday life, nature, and mythology—balloons, elephants, waves, bells, teeth, queens, and zombies—are repeated in the drawings, cast objects, and videos. An interest in disorientation permeates: imagery floats and falls apart or is inverted or rotated to confuse legibility, suggesting a mystical, playful space nonetheless rooted in reality.

Mohn Award Finalist

Gallery

Erika Vogt

Works by Erika Vogt. Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, June 2-September 2, 2012. Photo by Brian Forrest.

Erika Vogt

Works by Erika Vogt. Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, June 2-September 2, 2012. Photo by Brian Forrest.

Erika Vogt

Erika Vogt. Molar, 2011. Charcoal on paper. 25 x 38 in. (63.5 x 96.5 cm). Image courtesy Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles.

Erika Vogt

Erika Vogt. The Engraved Plane, 2011. Wax crayon, tape, pencil and charcoal on paper. 25 x 19 in. (63.5 x 48.3 cm). Image courtesy Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles.

Erika Vogt

Erika Vogt. Queen Drawing, the First, 2011. Pencil, marker, and colored pencil on paper. 18 x 12 in. (45.7 x 30.5 cm). Image courtesy Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles.

Erika Vogt

Erika Vogt. Notes on Currency, 2011. Spirit duplicator with black and white laser print, pencil, and wax crayon. 11 x 8 ½ in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm) each. Images courtesy Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles.