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Megan Pflug
updated: 01/25/2011
website: www.meganpflug.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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instalation view
installation photo
installation photo
Left to right: Candle 1, Candle 2, Candle 3
Left to right: Bird of Prey, Black Cat
Bird of Prey
Black Cat
Left to right: Resting Figure, Walking Figure
 Resting Figure
Walking Figure
Orange Cat
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  pattern, abstract, animals, collage, biomorphic, figurative, dreams, geometric, narrative, optical
 
 
instalation view by Megan Pflug
instalation view
xerox transfers on paper and mixed media plant bench
2010
Dimensions variable
installation photo by Megan Pflug
installation photo
xerox transfers on paper and mixed media plant bench
2010
Dimensions variable
installation photo by Megan Pflug
installation photo
xerox transfers on paper and mixed media plant bench
2010
0 " x  0 " 
Left to right: Candle 1, Candle 2, Candle 3  by Megan Pflug
Left to right: Candle 1, Candle 2, Candle 3
xerox transfer on paper
2010
72" x  48" 
Left to right: Bird of Prey, Black Cat by Megan Pflug
Left to right: Bird of Prey, Black Cat
xerox transfer on paper
2010
Dimensions variable
Bird of Prey by Megan Pflug
Bird of Prey
xerox transfer on paper
2010
50" x  58" 
Black Cat  by Megan Pflug
Black Cat
xerox transfer on paper
2010
72" x  84" 
Left to right: Resting Figure, Walking Figure  by Megan Pflug
Left to right: Resting Figure, Walking Figure
xerox transfer on paper
2010
Dimensions variable
 Resting Figure by Megan Pflug
Resting Figure
xerox transfer on paper
2010
74" x  96" 
Walking Figure by Megan Pflug
Walking Figure
xerox transfer on paper
2010
120" x  72" 
Orange Cat by Megan Pflug
Orange Cat
xerox transfer on paper
2010
96" x  72" 

Artist Statement

The initial inspiration for my most recent body of work came from the geometric shapes of Chinese tangram puzzles and images of Japanese Ikebana flower arrangements combined to create a fictionalized narrative centering on my garden. I love the idea of personal narrative becoming a point of departure for abstraction. By using the human figure and archetypical icons I explore abstractions relationship to symbolic non-verbal language. I’m not interested in draining the human experience from art rather I'm looking for the place where enough image remains that the viewer can inter my work and move freely. 

The found imagery in my work mostly comes from magazines and books of the late 60s. The primary colors and clean lines are something I respond to in this era of photography because they mirror the hard edges of the tangrams. I work with Xerox transfers for a simple logistical reason; the process allows me to work on a monumental scale while using small-scale paper ephemera as a raw material.  The character of a photo and the era of the publication and its printing all become “brush storks” that texture the surface of my hand printed works. The process is very much like building a picture. In my glue less collage like prints I embrace the abstraction inherent in photographic reproduction. I see my way of using and distorting photography as akin to the ideas expressed by Svetlana Boymin her "The Off-Modern Manifesto." Embracing the error of the modern allows the artist to use technology like an adaptable tool.

While creating this body of work I was particularly inspired by Bret Easton Ellis’s novel “Lunar Park”, where his personal narrative is the departure point for a psychological adventure played out in a supernatural genre. In my case a backyard garden infestation of feral kittens reappear in my work as totem-like monsters, a large houseplant spawns a bench to provide seating for visitors, anonymous figures populate the scene while candles illuminate. The cumulative effect are walls marked by iconic place holders that create a striped down narrative out of time and open to subconscious projection.

Artist Bio / CV

Megan Pflug

 

EDUCATION

2004

MFA Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, NY

2000

BFA Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010

Megan Pflug: Go Outside, Regina Rex , Brooklyn NY

2008

Megan Pflug, V&A, New York, NY

2007

Megan Pflug, V&A, New York, NY

2006

Homework, Williamsburg Public Library, Brooklyn, NY

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2010

Benjamin Sutton, “Inside the Artist’s Studio: Megan Pflug, in Greenpoint”, L Magazine October 2010

Dossier Journal, “Look” October 2010

2008

Milano Chow, interview, Kingsbouro Press.  Fall 2008

2007

Heather Corcoran, "Queen of Art," Tokion, April/May, No. 58

Digital Guide, Current show excerpted, ArtReview UK, February

"Five Artists to Watch," Jane Magazine, January

2006

"Ruin Monument," Shifter Magazine, October

2004

"Fresh Faces," Artnet.com, December

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010

By and By Gallery, Brooklyn, Ny

2008

Markus Wintor Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Brevities Rainbow , Cinders Gallery, New York, NY

Recent Alumnis exhibition,

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI

2007

In Watermelon Sugar, V&A, New York, NY, curated by J Penry

2006

Washington Project for the Arts, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Everything is Beautiful, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY, curated by Howie Chen and Gabrielle Giattino

Armory Show, Artist in Residence with the Swiss Institute, New York, NY

Octopi, Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Strangers to Ourselves, NYU Kimmel Gallery, New York, NY

2005

On the Beach, Printed Matter, New York, NY

2002

The Kids are Alright, ATM Gallery, New York, NY

2002

When Darkness Falls, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL

2001

Friends and Family, Lombard Freid, New York, NY

 

CURATORIAL

2007 YEAR ZERO, a limited editon calendar/artist book/show sold at Printed Matter