Virginia Overton, ‘Untitled (Suspended log)’, 2016, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

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Virginia Overton, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, May 1, 2016, to February 5, 2017.

About Virginia Overton

Virginia Overton builds her sculptures of out what have been deemed "masculine" materials such as Sheetrock, mud, and wood beams, defying standards of female art-making practices. Often compared with the rubber sculptures of Eva Hesse, Overton's works have an elegant simplicity in their rough-hewn, unfinished appearances. By using discarded materials from construction sites, Overton honors the difficulty of manual labor and blue-collar work, a crucial part of her upbringing in rural Tennessee. Overton is also known for her fluorescent light sculptures, working with the stark minimalist geometries of artists like Dan Flavin, but wraps her neon tubes with translucent scans of her hair. She has said, “I didn’t think of it as a feminine gesture when I started using my hair, but I can’t look at it and not see it that way now.”

American, b. 1971, Nashville, Tennessee, based in Brooklyn, New York

Solo Shows

Socrates Sculpture Park, 
Queens, NY, USA,
Virginia Overton
Museum of Contemporary Art Tuscon, 
Tucson, AZ, USA,
Why?! Why Did You Take My Log?!?!

Group Shows

Bernal Espacio Gallery, 
Madrid, Spain,
Balance: Gravity in Contemporary Art
University of Tennessee School of Art, 
Limited Box Edition
Boom Boom Room, 
Brooklyn, NY, USA,
Westfälischer Kunstverein, 
Münster, Germany,
New York, NY, USA,
Michael François, Liz Larner, Tony Lewis, Virginia Overton, Morgan Fisher: Screening Room
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