Maureen Dougherty: What are you looking at?

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34 Main Street, NY 11963, Sag Harbor, United States
Open: Daily 10am-6pm


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Maureen Dougherty: What are you looking at?

to Thu 2 Jun 2022

34 Main Street, NY 11963 Maureen Dougherty: What are you looking at?

Daily 10am-6pm

MARK BORGHI Sag Harbor propositions viewers with What are you looking at?

Artworks

Clementine, 2021

Oil on canvas
60 x 48 inches

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Center Ring, 2022

Oil on canvas
70 x 70 inches

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Sleep Dance, 2021

Oil on canvas
40 x 48 inches

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Les Demoiselle, 2022

Oil on canvas
60 x 48 inches

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The Boxer, 2021

Oil on canvas
46 x 46 inches

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The Collector, 2021

Oil on canvas
48 x 48 inches

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Jungle Love, 2021

Oil on canvas
60 x 48 inches

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Pole Dancer, 2022

Oil on canvas
72 x 60 inches

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Purple Tiger, 2022

Oil on canvas
72 x 60 inches

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Happy Hour, 2021

Oil on canvas
48 x 48 inches

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Buttercup, 2022

Oil on canvas
40 x 30 inches

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Leopard, 2022

Oil on canvas
30 x 30 inches

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FACE (2), 2022

Oil on canvas
46 x 38 inches

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Spring Fever, 2022

Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches

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Caged Tiger, 2022

Oil on canvas
46 x 40 inches

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Spit Polish, 2022

Oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches

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Pool Girl, 2022

Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches

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The Rabbit Hole, 2021

Oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches

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Plant Love, 2022

Oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches

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Gym Birds, 2021-22

Oil on canvas
46 x 46 inches

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Pinky, 2022

Oil on canvas
36 x 36 inches

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Blonde Smoker, 2021

Oil on canvas
20 x 34 inches

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Black Horse, 2022

Oil on canvas
70 x 70 inches

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Potted Plant, 2021-22

Oil on canvas
34 x 34 inches

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Overnight,

Oil on canvas
24 x 24 inches

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Blue Wave,

Oil on canvas
30 x 30 inches

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Either with a question mark or exclamation, the viewer is impugned to engage. What are you looking at? Am I the voyeur, the judgment, or the redeemer? What we are looking at is the amalgamation of artist Maureen Dougherty’s approach in combining abstraction and figuration concerning the fem in contemporary culture in an unconventional manner. The works are a mirror to the world that we see primarily on our phones, in the streets, and on tv screens, aping beauty, using crude recognizable conventions of sexuality to get our attention. They morph fearlessly with the interior lives of gender, race, sexuality, power, politics, animals, and nature. During the listless isolation of the pandemic, various sites served to inspire and inform the artist, where the objectification of girls is their brand. The rabbit hole is deep, and Dougherty chose to meet it, not ignore it. She is shedding light on the digital women who display themselves in a manner intended as erotic and pornographic referencing the font of this kind of imagery from Picasso’s Demoiselles d’ Avignon and German expressionists like Hegel and Kirshner for explicit and direct lasciviousness.

Dougherty’s palette remains constant within the 30 works in this exhibition, with a minimal of six primaries. She keeps her color intense and potent in purity by not mixing more than three colors. Her figures, lacking a light source or chiaroscuro, are lit from within, constantly chasing form through the impression of light. Reoccurring iconographic tattoos, ferocious tigers baring fangs, diamond patterns, African masks, and house plants invite our inquisitiveness.

Dougherty’s technique was shaped by her training at Carnegie Mellon and with Mercedes Matter at the New York Studio School. She recently showed in the Cheim & Read show “Some People,” 2022, where the Alex Katz Foundation acquired her work. Maureen resides in Chelsea, NY, and keeps a studio on the lower east side.

Courtesy of the artist and Mark Borghi


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