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Ilona Szwarc: Virgin Soap

September 4 - October 9

Diane Rosenstein Gallery is pleased to announce Virgin Soap — a solo exhibition of photographs and sculpture by Ilona Szwarc. In this new body of work, the Polish American artist documents herself casting a model’s torso in silicone and plaster. The model lies prone on a table, her breasts exposed, classically posed against an electric blue backdrop. A perverse tutorial proceeds: Szwarc stands behind the model, a presence at once intimate and coercive. The artist binds her subject’s breasts with laces to measure them, then covers the model’s breasts, shoulders, and mouth in green silicone.

As a female artist with a focus on self-portraiture, Ilona Szwarc draws on her ongoing fascination with doppelgängers. She explores themes of identity, transformation, and the dopplegänger – an inquiry rooted in her immigrant experience. Szwarc’s work is concerned with rendering her experience visible in a way impossible in language. Here, the artist plays Pygmalion, unsure where the boundary lies between the real and the fake.


Image:
Ilona Szwarc
HORMONES ARE HORMONES, AND ART IS ART, 2021
Archival pigment print
42 x 52 inches
106.7 x 132.1 cm
Edition of 3 plus 2 AP
ISZ110
©Ilona Szwarc


Details

Start:
September 4
End:
October 9
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Venue

Diane Rosenstein Gallery
831 North Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038 United States
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Phone:
(323)462-2790
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Artists
Ilona Szwarc