Sage Vaughn and Jason Dill at Known Gallery | Carlos Gonzalez

January 19 2012 . 05:22pm

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Sage Vaughn opening night photos | Daily Du Jour

January 15 2012 . 05:40am


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SAGE VAUGHN | LAST YEAR at KNOWN GALLERY opens January 13, 2012

January 09 2012 . 07:03pm


January 13 – January 29, 2012

Opening reception: Friday, January 13, 2012 | 8:00 -11:00pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Known Gallery is excited to start off this year with “Last Year”, a show of new works by Sage Vaughn and a very special guest. This will be Sage’s first solo exhibition at Known Gallery, featuring new large-scale woven editions based on paintings and collages from his ongoing ENVELOPE SERIES. Contrasting the nonchalant qualities of collage making and the painstaking exactness of woven tapestry, this work becomes part of an experiment in making art that can exist both off and outside the gallery walls.

Sage has been working with collage for the past four years and attributes the passion to friends Jason Dill and Dash Snow who introduced him to the medium. “I enjoy sorting through vintage magazines and culling imagery to illustrate themes in my work. The printing processes used back then are so pleasing to the eye. Everything was hand created. No Photoshop.”

Selected works from the ENVELOPE SERIES will also be on display. The series, consisting of both small paintings as well as cut and reassembled imagery on manila envelopes, serves as an intimate window to the artist’s creative process. “They’ve taken the place of sketchbooks in my practice. I have them all over the studio so I can constantly make things while I make things.” Numbering in the hundreds, Sage has been working on the ENVELOPE SERIES since 2007.

When asked about the inspiration behind this unique medium of woven artwork, Sage explains, “I love looking at tapestries, rugs and textiles. The richness of the color and the texture are so intricate. I would spend all my money on them if I could.” Sage further discusses “When I was a child, my grandmother told me a story about when she was a young recently divorced woman; she and her sister were on a quest, driving through New Mexico, trying to purchase a genuine Navajo rug from an actual Navajo Indian. She ended up at a general store, which sold Native American crafts.” When his grandmother asked the owner how to purchase goods directly from the Navajo Indians, the disappointing response was, “The way it works is you buy it from us, not from the Navajo.” “It took her a week of driving down endless desert roads until she finally met an old Indian woman who sold her a beautiful piece that she still has in her home out in the Valley.”

LBJ holding a toddler Indian, Dr. Phil as a spiritual guru and a Native Indian teaching a Caucasian boy how to take aim with a bow and arrow are just some examples of Sage’s social commentary via satire. “I think most good art has an element of humor within it to help us laugh at the human condition.” Imagery of foxes, birds, and Indians also echo Sage’s obsession with the line between wilderness and civilization.

Sage Vaughn (b. 1976 Jackson, OR) lives and works in Los Angeles. For the past seven years, Sage’s work has been exhibited at fine art galleries around the world including Lazarides/London, Galerie Bertrand & Gruner/Geneva, Art Agents Gallery/Hamburg, The Dactyl Foundation for the Arts and Humanities/New York, Corey Helford/Culver City, Richard Heller/Los Angeles and FIFTY24SF/San Francisco.

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036


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Sage Vaughn at FIFTY24SF Gallery | November 19, 2011

November 11 2011 . 10:29pm


Here is a peek at some of the paintings that Sage Vaughn will be exhibiting at FIFTY24SF Gallery starting Saturday, November 19. Runaways will feature new paintings, some of Vaughn’s signature envelope works, and a hand-finished print in an edition of 24.

FIFTY24SF Gallery is proud to present, Runaways, a group of new paintings by Los Angeles based fine artist, Sage Vaughn. This exhibition marks Vaughn’s first solo show in San Francisco and first solo show in the states in 4 years. Runaways opens November 19, 2011.

After two successful exhibitions at London’s Lazarides Gallery and The Outsiders, Vaughn returns to the United States with a body of new work. The first group of work in Runaways echoes the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, “children are all foreigners.” The work illustrates the cast off minutia in our midst, the runaways, the street urchins, scamps, and hooligans that are often ignored. The focus is on the individuals, the small things. Vaughn uses song birds, feral parrots and escaped exotic pets on their own or, at times, with an accomplice, in an obscure dystopian setting. Here the viewer can explore sentiments of rebellion, survival, isolation and stolen sweetness the birds experience as they go about their secret lives above our heads.

The second group of paintings looks at the concept of the fleeting existence of the butterfly. A butterfly is only in this form for a comparatively short period during its life span; during which, it lives to fly, to mate, and to reproduce before it fades. constructing a single visual movement based on the compulsion of the individuals illustrates the driving force behind their transformation. in these works  assembles the inconsequential to a point where they can emphasize something more powerful and instinctual. 

Runaways will feature works in a variety of mediums, including a new series of paintings and Vaughn’s iconic envelope paintings. There will also be a large-sized hand-painted print in an edition of 24.

Sage Vaughn will also present a second exhibition at FIFTY24SF Gallery starting on December 16th, 2011, featuring special installations and conceptual works. 

Sage Vaughn was born in Jackson, Oregon. He has exhibited throughout the world, including Lazarides Gallery and The Outsiders in London, Galerie Bertrand and Gruner in Geneva, Art Agents Gallery in Hamburg, Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, and DACTYL Gallery in New York.

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Sage Vaughn and Michael Muller show in London

October 03 2011 . 11:35pm

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