Nature and the domestic sphere comingle in Sage Vaughn’s ethereal artworks that evoke a sense of nostalgia and serenity. In his current solo exhibition at Lazarides Rathbone in London, “Sage Vaughn: Nobody’s Home,” Vaughn sets birds within empty living rooms and deserted kitchens, and superimposes butterflies onto hollow crowds and lonely individuals, to investigate the phrase “nobody’s home.” Read more after the jump.
Though wildlife is their primary subject matter, painter Sage Vaughn (Hi-Fructose Vol. 26) and photographer Michael Muller approach representing nature in radically different ways. Muller’s striking, close-up shots of sharks, lions, wolves and other dangerous predators not only captivate viewers on an aesthetic level, but are also shocking for the photographer’s audacity to apprehend these creatures in their natural environments. Sage Vaughn’s work is perhaps on the other side of the coin of Muller’s raw documentation. Vaughn instead arranges species of birds and butterflies like delicate ornaments, focusing on these animals’ visual qualities rather than their biological ones. The two artists collaborated on a body of work in 2011 and have returned with a new collaborative series of painted photographs titled “Kingdom” currently on view at The Outsiders Newcastle. These collaborations bring out similarities between Vaughn and Muller’s work, making their styles seem more complementary than dualistic. Take a look at some of the works in “Kingdom,” images courtesy of Lazarides, and see the exhibition at The Outsiders through June 15.
Los Angeles-based artist Sage Vaughn (featured in our current issue) creates delicate, ethereal paintings that manipulate beautiful natural forms. Butterflies and flowers appear to float, coalescing in circular forms and delicate arrangements that make these species seem otherworldly and graceful. Vaughn is set to open a solo show, “Life,” at Scion AV Installation in Los Angeles on January 12. The artist will be in attendance to sign his limited edition book. Take a look at a teaser video for the show and some of Vaughn’s latest works after the jump.
Light and ethereal, Sage Vaughn‘s mixed media paintings zero in on birds and butterflies, endowing these creatures’ lives with a rich subjectivity through a palette of pastel colors. Sometimes Vaughn (whose collages and tapestries we featured earlier this year) paints the animals on plain backgrounds, while other times the brightly-colored protagonists of his work fly over dusty backgrounds of an outside world subsumed by grey paint.
Known Gallery has started off 2012 with “Last Year,” a collection of new works by L.A. based artist Sage Vaughn. “Last Year,” combines the casual qualities of collage art that he has worked with for the past four years, with the introduction of the intricacy and dexterity of woven tapestry. Selected pieces from “Envelope Series,”a body of work consisting of small paintings cut and reassembled with found images on manila envelopes, served as inspiration for the incredible tapestries. Envelopes seem to serve as a sketchbook for Sage and it’s a way for him to constantly create things while he is working on new pieces, lending themselves to serve as companions to the tapestries. Vaughn seamlessly combines the two mediums in ‘Last Year’ which will be on view until January 29th. Take a look at more images of the new works provided by Birdman, after the jump. -Kiesha Raines
On March 23, Corey Helford Gallery and CHG Circa in Los Angeles will debut a group show with a large line-up of artists working with small dimensions. “Art Collector Starter Kit” features 12-by-12 inch paintings by 50 contemporary artists, prominent and emerging. Many among this diverse group have been featured in recent issues of our magazine, including Chloe Early (HF Vol. 26), Sage Vaughn (HF Vol. 26), Sylvia Ji (HF Vol. 16), Henrik Uldalen (HF Vol. 24), Esao Andrews (HF Vol. 22), Michael Page (HF Vol. 22), Natalia Fabia (HF Vol. 22), Luke Chueh (HF Vol. 24), Martin Wittfooth (HF Vol. 19) and many more. The show will offer a sampling of these artists’ distinct styles, served on bite-sized canvases. Take a look at our sneak preview of the show after the jump, images courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery.