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DOCUMENT is pleased to present The LaughterSara Greenberger Rafferty’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition will open on November 2nd with a reception from 5pm to 8pm, and will continue through December 23, 2018.

Sara Greenberger Rafferty

Sara Greenberger Rafferty has exhibited widely since 2001, including solo exhibitions at kim?, Riga, Latvia; The Kitchen, New York; MoMA PS1, New York; Eli Marsh Gallery at Amherst College, Massachusetts; The Suburban, Illinois; and a commissioned sculpture for the Public Art Fund. In 2016, she mounted her 4th solo exhibition at Rachel Uffner Gallery; and had a solo project at Document in Chicago. In 2017, she opened a traveling museum show with accompanying fully illustrated catalogue, published by SUNY Press.

Rafferty has participated in group shows including the 2014 Whitney Biennial, the Hammer Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in Georgia; Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna; the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York; Gagosian Gallery, New York; and The Jewish Museum, New York, among many others. She is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. She is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Photography at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

 

 

Untitled, 2015, Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate and paper on Plexiglas and hardware, 24h x 39w in.

Wound Picture, 2016, Inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas , 22 x 17 in

Stock Photo, 2016, Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 13 7/8 x 10 7/8 in

Pattern I, 2016, Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 21 x 16 1/2 in

Colour Kid, 2016, Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 13 7/8x 11in

Pattern II, 2016, Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas 21 7/8 x 11 in

Desktop Construction, 2016, Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 21 7/8 x 11 in

Untitled, 2016, Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 16 7/16 x 10 1/2 in

Part Two I, 2016 Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 11 x 13 7/8 in

Swatches, 2016 Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 13 7/8 x 11 in

Some Men, 2016 Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 13 7/8 x 10 3/4 in

Comedy Girl , 2016 Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 8 5/8 x 11 in

News with Zipper II, 2016 Inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 in

School Zone, 2016 Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 13 7/8 x 10 7/8 in

Floor, 2016 Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 16 1/2 x 12 1/2 in

Part Two II, 2016 Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 11 1/2 x 15 1/8 in

Zippers, 2016 Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 21 15/16 x 16 15/16 in

Untitled, 2016 Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 16 15/16 x 10 15/16 in

Small Maniac, 2016 Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 in

Stand Up Time, 2016 Inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 13 7/8 x 10 13/16 in

Knives and Tie, 2016 Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 25 x 28 in

Prop for BAM #1, 2017, Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 29h x 23w in

Prop for BAM #2, 2017, Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 29h x 23w in

Prop for BAM #3, 2017, Acrylic polymer and inkjet print on acetate mounted to Plexiglas, 25 1/2h x 23w in

Sara Greenberger Rafferty

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Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Untitled (detail), 2018,ink-jet-printed vinyl, grommets, 10 x 35′.

Dramatically unfurling down the entryway of this gallery, a thirty-five-foot-long, untitled ink-jet-on-vinyl piece (all works 2018) hangs from grommets, on which Sara Greenberger Rafferty seems to have dumped the contents of her Google Drive. Dotted with rectangular icons ordered roughly by color, the work reveals Rafferty’s preoccupations with various kinds of staging. In it are a number of selfies the artist took in a Dior shirt that pays homage to art historian Linda Nochlin—emblazoned across it is “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists,” the title of Nochlin’s famous 1971 essay—alongside images of film stills, makeup swatches, Color-Aid tests, and comediennes such as Kathy Griffin.

“Testing” is the title and overarching concept for Rafferty’s solo show. Using kiln-formed glass for the first time, Rafferty prints predigital archival material that touches on female stardom, school exams, and photographic processing. A native of Chicago, Rafferty’s affinity for comedy has evolved over the years from slapstick sculptures to analyses of performance gestures. It is tempting to compare Rafferty’s “Testing” works to the early flatbed-scan “joke” works of Lucie Stahl, which included the German artist’s handwritten notes. But even with intrusions of the personal, Rafferty’s concerns remain structural.

Pieces such as Exterior (University of Michigan Extension) feature direct exposures of images onto ballistic and bulletproof plastic—the works’ substrates allude to gritty urban storefronts. Rafferty’s text-heavy works, however, pack a bigger conceptual punch. In The Law, she reproduces a page detailing Abbie Hoffman’s trial. In it, the notorious Yippie argues that his wearing of the American flag should be legal, like the garments of comic Phyllis Diller. Her Taxes appropriates an excerpt from a Vanity Fair article, published before the 2016 election, about Donald Trump’s undisclosed tax returns. Rafferty zeroes in on an anecdote about a women’s-lib era celebrity legal skirmish: that of comedienne Carol Burnett, who successfully fought the IRS to write off her evening gowns as business expenses in the 1960s.

 

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Aron Gent
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Sibylle Friche
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DOCUMENT is a commercial gallery located in Chicago that specializes in contemporary photography, film and media based art. The gallery has organized more than 40 solo exhibitions since its opening in 2011 and actively promotes the work of emerging national and international artists. Operating conjointly as a professional printmaking studio, DOCUMENT facilitates the production of works by artists from Chicago and the US. At this time we do not accept unsolicited submissions.