Emily Furr “So Tough”

Sargent's Daughters

poster for Emily Furr “So Tough”
[Image: Emily Furr "Pop It Let It Bang 7" (2020) gouache and collage on black watercolor paper, 9 x 7 in.]

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Sargent’s Daughters presents So Tough, Brooklyn-based painter Emily Furr’s second solo show with the gallery.
In this new group of paintings and collages Furr shifts scale from the diminutive to grand, addressing the tension between humans and nature, and the desire to control the uncontrollable.

The floating landscapes are populated by sleek machines striding through space, seemingly impenetrable at first glance. Closer inspection reveals porosity and glimpses of disembodied flesh. White pills, pale and round as the moon, rest on the tongues. A war missile is chained to an orifice emerging from a plane. The universe is funneled and mechanized. These disconcerting moments confront our desire to impose our own order on nature’s already perfect system. We scorch the earth in a feeble attempt to control our destiny, and in the end gain nothing. A confrontational stance against the cosmos maintains only a faint victory in the face of the inevitable.
Emily Furr (b. 1978, St. Louis, MO) is a New York based visual artist who received her MFA from Hunter College, NY in 2018. Her debut solo show at Sargent’s Daughters received reviews in ARTFORUM and Hyperallergic. In 2019 she was an artist in residence at the Watermill Center, Watermill, NY. She has exhibited at 12.26, Dallas, TX; Rebecca Camacho Presents, San Francisco, CA; Maria Bernheim Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland; Achenbach Hagemeier, Berlin, Germany as well as being featured on the cover of New American Paintings’ 25th Anniversary Edition. In February of 2021 she will have her first museum solo exhibition at the SCAD Museum, Savannah, GA, curated by Ariella Wolens, assistant curator of SCAD exhibitions. Furr is represented by Sargent’s Daughters.



from December 10, 2020 to January 16, 2021


Emily Furr

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