Lizzi Bougatsos opening Tuesday June 16 2009

all photographs Katrina D photography

Installation time: Lizzi Bougatsos

all photographs Katrina D photography


Lizzi Bougatsos

The Breeder announces its participation in remap 2 with the inauguration of playroom, an autonomous project space housed in the second floor of the gallery, with the first European solo exhibition of Greek-American artist Lizzi Bougatsos. Lizzi was born in Queens, New York and her practice incorporates sculpture, collage, installation, writing and performance. Since 2000, she has been a founding member and lead singer for the punk-rock band Gang Gang Dance.

At her solo exhibition at the playroom Lizzi Bougatsos will be presenting among other works the continuation of the series of works "street sign", a large scale sculpture, along with collages that incorporate disparate objects in imagery related to the recent history of western civilization and established in the consciousness of the consumer. A Donald Duck portrait is attached to the half of a shoe adorned with feathers, Mickey Mouse is using a dildo, while the young and beautiful models of the old fashioned advertisements, that we see in the window fronts of pharmacies until today, are bearing braces in their perfect white teeth. Bougatsos does not hesitate to experiment and to express almost instinctively her position against the symbols of the western society, interfering with them dramatically, just as Duchamp did when he drew a moustache on Mona Lisa's face.

Lizzi Bougatsos has presented her work in a solo exhibition at James Fuentes LLC, New York (2007), in two person shows with Kim Gordon at Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York (2005) and with Jess Holzworth at American Fine Arts, Co., New York (2000).  In 2008 she participated among others in the exhibition The Station, curated by Shamim Momim and Nate Lowman in Miami, in the exhibition with works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection in the Astrup Fearnely Museet for Moderne Kunst,  Oslo, in "Jekyll Island" at Honor Fraser gallery, Los Angeles as well as in the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of America Art, New York. In 2007 she was included in the exhibition In/Out of Me, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, MACRO - Museo d'arte Contemporanea di Roma, Milano and Kunste Werke, Berlin as well as in the exhibition The Perfect Man, curated by Rita Ackermann, White Columns, New York.