So Tough

Pop It Let It Bang 7 by Emily Furr
9″x7″; gouache and collage on black watercolor paper; 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Sargent’s Daughters


Emily Furr: So Tough

at Sargent’s Daughters in New York, New York, USA
10 December 2020-16 January 2021

In this new group of paintings and collages, Emily Furr shifts scale from the diminutive to grand, addressing the tension between humans and nature, and the desire to control the uncontrollable. The floating landscapes are populated by sleek machines striding through space, seemingly impenetrable at first glance. Closer inspection reveals porosity and glimpses of disembodied flesh. White pills, pale and round as the moon, rest on the tongues. A war missile is chained to an orifice emerging from a plane. The universe is funneled and mechanized. These disconcerting moments confront our desire to impose our own order on nature’s already perfect system. We scorch the earth in a feeble attempt to control our destiny, and in the end gain nothing. A confrontational stance against the cosmos maintains only a faint victory in the face of the inevitable.

Emily Furr is a New York-based visual artist who holds an MFA from Hunter College. Her work has been reviewed in ARTFORUM and Hyperallergic and her work was featured on the cover of the 25th Anniversary Edition of New American Paintings. She was an artist-in-residence at the Watermill Center in Watermill, New York in 2019. She has shown her work extensively in the US and Europe. Emily Furr is represented by Sargent’s Daughters.

(text adapted from the gallery’s press materials)

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and by appointment. The gallery is closed 24 December 2020-4 January 2021.