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Diane Rosenstein Gallery

Contemporary fine art gallery representing emerging, midcareer, and established artists in all media. Presents curated group exhibitions.

ILONA SZWARC: VIRGIN SOAP
SEPTEMBER 4 – OCTOBER 9, 2021

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 Captions

  1. Exterior, Diane Rosenstein Gallery Courtesy of Diane Rosenstein Gallery, 2020
  2. Diane Rosenstein Gallery logo
  3. 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