10 Artists to Watch at Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Sara Greenberger Rafferty explores the violence, pathos, and vulnerability of entertainment in performance works, videos, installations, mixed-media paintings, and manipulated photographs. With the “water logging” technique she developed in 2009, she distorts images by applying liquid to inkjet prints, photographing them, and then digitally altering the results to produce blurred, compelling portraits of figures in the entertainment industry.
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York
Drawing inspiration from comedy and popular entertainment, Sara Greenberger Rafferty produces performances, videos, installations, mixed-media paintings, and manipulated photographs, through which she explores the violence, pathos, and vulnerability of the art of entertainment. Pies, microphones, knives, lights, and other props and theatrical elements are motifs in her work, referring to the mix of danger, absurdity, and failure that characterizes slapstick comedy and humor-based entertainment. In works like Mono (2014), included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, she filmed an actress mimicking Johnny Carson, David Letterman, and Joan Rivers, cutting these larger-than-life entertainers down to human scale to highlight their isolation and fragility in the face of the audience’s gaze.
American, b. 1978, Evanston, Illinois, based in Brooklyn, New York