La Bodega Gallery is pleased to present Guilty Pleasures, an exhibition by Sarah Allen Eagen that explores the sensual, vulnerable and alienating aspects of self-representation in contemporary society. Guilty Pleasures features never-before-exhibited photographs on silk that expose the unspoken, personal moments that are mediated by digital skins and explores tenderness as it is interpreted by technology. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Friday July 20 at La Bodega Gallery (695 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11215) from 7pm to 10pm.

Technology has long played a third party to close interpersonal relationships. It is almost impossible to discuss intimacy without also referencing the role digital devices play in orchestrating it. Guilty Pleasures explores how the power of desire for connection can be found in a simple touch or the fragile unity of a fleeting moment. This exhibition features 10 new photographs on silk. The delicate silk photographs gently sway in the wind as viewers pass by, while the intimate collage portraits invite the viewer to look closer. Centered on the human figure, these artworks portray the unspoken, intimate moments that are mediated by technology. This installation examines the tension between an individual’s private identity and public person and reflects on how self-portraiture and self-representation is often mediated by digital skins.

The artist’s immersive installation invites the audience to confront notions of narcissism, affection, isolation and instant gratification. The installation creates a dreamlike and uncanny environment that is inspired by the digital realm in refraction to the physical. By entering this exhibition space, the viewer is trespassing on the artist’s intimate moments and generating their own shattered images and perceptions in response.


About the Artist

Sarah Allen Eagen is a New York City-based social practice artist originally from Toronto, Canada. She received her MFA from Parsons the New School of Design in 2013. Eagen specializes in using art as a means of social engagement around issues of diversity, violence prevention and violence against women. Eagen has exhibited her work extensively in the United States and Canada and has had work featured at Art Toronto (2017) and Nuit Blanche (2011). She has had solo exhibitions at Vitrina Gallery (New York, NY), BAU Gallery (Beacon, NY) and Chashama 461 Gallery (New York, NY). Her work has been featured in seventeen group exhibitions to date, including at The Kitchen (New York City), The Propeller Centre for the Arts (Toronto) and at The Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto). In 2013, she completed The School of Visual Arts Bio Art Residency, and in 2016 was awarded participation in The Chashama Studio Space Residency in Manhattan. She is currently part of the Canadian art collective Painter8. Her artwork can be seen at here website (http://saraheagen.com/).


About the Curator

Johnny Thornton is an artist that lives and works in New York City. Born in Connecticut, he spent his childhood in Johannesburg, South Africa, before moving to Tucson, Arizona, where he studied Fine Arts at the University of Arizona. Thornton earned his Master’s degree in Fine Arts at Parsons the New School for Design in 2012. Thornton has had work exhibited throughout the United States and is part of several collections. Currently, Thornton works out of his studio in Brooklyn, NY and is the Gallery Director at La Bodega Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.