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Deborah Pohl
updated: 07/18/2012
website: deborahpohl.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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The Pill Project: pill #16
The Pill Project: Pill #22
Cave USA
Cave USA: inside of cave
Line #1
Line #1
Wool Walker With Mandarin Collar $149.
Swirl Print Shift Imported $134.
Silk Faille Boatneck Dress, $450.
Empire Sheath Dress $189.
The Reading Room
Art Book: Gerhard Richter
How-To Decorate: Girl's Bedroom
How-To Decorate: Living Rooms
Christie's Catalogue: Fall 2006
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, domestic, consumer culture, architecture, books, social criticism, anatomy, collage, feminist, gender/sexuality
 
 
The Pill Project: pill #16 by Deborah Pohl
The Pill Project: pill #16
Collage on paper
2012
7" x  5" 
The Pill Project: Pill #22 by Deborah Pohl
The Pill Project: Pill #22
Pencil on paper
2012
8" x  6" 
Cave USA by Deborah Pohl
Cave USA
Catalogs and duct tape
2008
Dimensions variable
Cave USA: inside of cave by Deborah Pohl
Cave USA: inside of cave
Catalogs, duct tape, candles, PBR cans
2008
Dimensions variable
Line #1 by Deborah Pohl
Line #1
Paint, string, ribbon, detritus, etc.
2012
Dimensions variable
Line #1 by Deborah Pohl
Line #1
Paint, string, ribbon, detritus, etc.
2012
Dimensions variable
Wool Walker With Mandarin Collar $149. by Deborah Pohl
Wool Walker With Mandarin Collar $149.
Pencil on paper
2009
19 " x  24 " 
Swirl Print Shift Imported $134. by Deborah Pohl
Swirl Print Shift Imported $134.
Pencil on paper
2009
24 " x  18 " 
Silk Faille Boatneck Dress, $450. by Deborah Pohl
Silk Faille Boatneck Dress, $450.
Pencil on paper
2009
24 " x  18 " 
Empire Sheath Dress $189. by Deborah Pohl
Empire Sheath Dress $189.
Pencil on paper
2009
24" x  18" 
The Reading Room by Deborah Pohl
The Reading Room
Paint on paper, catalogs, tape, wood, chairs
2009
9" x  15"  x 15" 
Art Book: Gerhard Richter by Deborah Pohl
Art Book: Gerhard Richter
Charcoal on paper
2007
15 " x  10 " 
How-To Decorate: Girl's Bedroom by Deborah Pohl
How-To Decorate: Girl's Bedroom
Pencil on paper
2007
12 " x  18 " 
How-To Decorate: Living Rooms by Deborah Pohl
How-To Decorate: Living Rooms
pencil on paper
2007
24 " x  18 " 
Christie's Catalogue: Fall 2006 by Deborah Pohl
Christie's Catalogue: Fall 2006
Pencil on paper
2007
35" x  24" 

Artist Statement

The “Pill Project” is an artwork in support of reproductive rights.  Each abstract circle is a “pill” symbolizing contraception.  People are asked to buy a pill to enact their rights to safe and affordable contraception.  By engaging with the artwork and buying a pill the audience is actively showing their support for reproductive freedom.  All proceeds are going to Planned Parenthood. 

 

The individual pills are works on paper, mostly colored pencil and gouache, all from 2012.  The work can be seen as relational art, which is art about the interaction of people in a social context.

The line is another relational piece where I connected all of the artists in Hoboken with an actual line.  Making visible the invisible. 

My older work is concerned with catalogs as purveyors of images of desire.  I work defensively to gain control of their attack on our insecurities.  I embed the clothing with abstractions as I regain individual rights for creativity and self-concept back  from the advertisement.

Cave USA is a cave made out of catalog pages containing a ritualtistic circle  of candles.   The cave references a place of worship, elevating consumerism to a religious experience.  It also references Plato's cave and how perception is socially constructed.  

The Reading Room deals with the same issues collapsing social/religious values and consumerism.

My series of drawings based on books integrates the spine of the book into the image.  A metaphor for how our understanding of images is distorted through its context and medium. The idealized girl’s bedroom is flawed as the spine of the book cuts through the image. The “ideal” of the perfect image is an illusion.  

Crate and Barrel:  Nature referenced from fine art sources are sometimes embedded in the fabric of the drawn catalogue. The night sky contradicts the superficial environment offered from the catalogue.  

Decorator’s Living Room: Bird and Bison Circle:  the format of a circle framing the living room alludes to a heavenly ideal.  The desire for the ideal environment relates to our search for virtue.

Artist Bio / CV

AWARDS

1990/91 Fellowship (painting), NJ State Council on the Arts

1995 Grand Prize (awarded by director of Aljira), Trenton City Museum, NJ

2005 Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

New York Times, Vivien Raynor, Jan. 31, 1993

New York Times, Vivien Raynor, Aug. 18. 1996

Exit Weekly, May 17, 2006

 

EDUCATION

1988 BFA, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University

1995 Ed.M.,  Rutgers University

2000 School of Visual Arts 

SELECTED SOLO/GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2009 Art in the Park, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City

2008 Politrix, Monroe Arts Center, Hoboken, NJ.

         Suburbia, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City.

2007 Noah’s Ark, SICA (Shore Institute of Contemporary Art),  Longbranch, NJ.

2007 Twilight, Realforms, Williamsburg, Brookyn.

2006 Cooke Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ

2006 Painting, Victory Hall, Jersey City, NJ

2006 Monumental, Victory Hall, Jersey City, NJ

2005 Mortimer Levitt Gallery, Center for Digital Arts, Mercy College, White

          Plains, NY

2001 Art on the Street, West Broadway, NY

1996 Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ

1996 Humanimal, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

1996 Context, Passaic County Community College, Paterson, NJ

1995 Metro Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

1995 Women's History Month Exhibit, Artworks, Trenton, NJ

1995 Women and Text, Women Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

1994 Metro Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

1994 Watchung Art Center, Watchung, NJ

1993 Art's Garage, Hopewell, NJ

1993 Markheim Art Center, Haddonfield, NJ

1992 Utopia: Envisioning a Dream, Forum Gallery, Jamestown,NY

1992 Artworks, Trenton, NJ

1992 Ellarslie Open XI, Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ

1991 NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition, Bristol-Meyers

         Squibb Gallery, Princeton, NJ

1991 Choice, A show of solidarity for reproductive rights, AIR Gallery, NY

1991 Artists Personal Metaphor, Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ

1991 Wilson Art Gallery, Glassboro State College, Glassboro, NJ

1990 Atruim Gallery, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ

1989 Many Voices (censorship theme), ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL