G. E. Vogt.
Collage and Mixed-Media Artist.
I am deeply fascinated by relationships: our connections to other people, to our environments, and even that which we have with ourselves. The work that I create doesn’t seek to define these relationships but rather, to explore the foundations they are built upon which cause them to manifest in particular ways.
The most interesting aspects for me are the contradictions or divisions at the root of the relationship influencing how the two parts interact. The divisions can be created by external factors such as socioeconomic class, gender, physical place in the world or by internal factors such as an individual’s particular outlook, inner struggles or standard thought patterns. Each division, although rooted in simplicity, grows into a multi-faceted connection which further develops into am intricately, complex story. For example, the story of rich versus poor is more than a simple difference of income because of how deeply rooted this story is in our history, our different cultures and even our philosophies of the present time. The stories that arise out of the divisions at the heart of a particular relationship’s foundation are what I explore through collage art.
Collage became my primary medium because of its ability to incorporate any medium, material, or found object into the telling of a story. Bringing together elements that are seemingly so disparate at first but using that contradiction between them to tell an inherently contradictory narrative is one of the most exciting aspects of this style of work.
Although I have begun experimenting with incorporating a wider range of materials from oil paint to baking soda, my primary material has always been magazine. Whether it is based in photojournalism or in selling a lifestyle, I don’t believe there’s any better expression of current and past societal culture than can be seen through magazine articles, ads and pictures. My other joy in creating collage is experimenting with usual objects or shapes and how those may be used to tell a story – the isolation of people trapped in a snow globe, the birds that would live in a tree of money, what layers would a modern day pyramid be composed of. Most often, the shape informs not only what elements I include in the work but also how they all come together. To have one piece jar against another but then flow into an other and create a story as a whole using not only the pieces but the connections between them and the shape they create is a constant fantastic challenge in my work.
"Piecing It Together: A Collage Exhibtion with Jennifer Nelson and G. E. Vogt,"
Fresh Paint Gallery; San Diego, CA. 2019
"“2nd Annual All Women Exhibition,” J Mane Gallery; On-line gallery. 2019
Loss, Redemption, and Grace", exhibiting "Emily Post's Grief" with EBD4 - Atlanta, GA. 2019
"Odds and Ends," exhibiting "Just Expand" and "There Was A Time" with the Ann Arbor Arts Center - Ann Arbor, MI. 2019
"Papered," exhibiting "Navigating Land," with the Ashton Art Gallery - San Diego, CA. 2018.
Monster Mash," exhibiting "Despair," with the ArtVale Gallery - Oakland, CA. 2018.
"Connections," exhibiting "For The Birds," with The San Diego Museum of Art Artist's Guild - San Diego, CA. 2018
"The Millenial Show," exhibiting "Time - Less," with The TEJAS Gallery - Dayton, OH. 2018
"Pressure Points," exhibiting "Power", with The Seattle Print Arts - Seattle, WA. 2018
"50 To Watch," exhibiting "Framed," with The Studio Door - San Diego, CA. 2018
"On The Street Where I Live," exhibiting "Inner City," with Webster Arts - St Louis, MO. 2018