Sydney Vernon “When We See Us”

Thierry Goldberg

poster for Sydney Vernon “When We See Us”
[Image: Sydney Vernon "For Sam and Al" (2019)]
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Family is at the forefront of Sydney Vernon’s solo debut, as scenes and characters in her works on paper are pulled from photographs of her immediate relatives. The familial artifacts span over 40 years, extending back to before Vernon was born, and allow the artist to connect to specific moments in history and reflect on the context of the world at the time the images were created. The past never passes for Vernon, and its influences are shaped and reconsidered in current time.

Vernon draws inspiration from these family photographs, as well as stories from her parents and sister, which can then wind up being amalgamated with her present day cultural experiences. The materiality of the work reflects this accumulative process, with pieces like “When We See Us” often containing collaged elements in addition to myriad mark-making materials like charcoal, pastel, and screenprints.

Despite the specificity of their source material, there remains an ineffable universality in Vernon’s works. Pieces like “Water Damage”, where details of a tender pose are rendered just out of focus, call to mind the fragility and impreciseness of our memories. By sharing her own personal narratives, Vernon helps audiences reconstruct relative realities that consider the little everyday experiences that tend to matter more than we realize in the moment.

Sydney Vernon (b.1995, Prince George’s County, MD) lives and works in New York, NY. She is working toward her BFA from The Cooper Union, New York, NY. Her work was previously exhibited at Thierry Goldberg Gallery, NY; Peg Alston Fine Arts, New York, NY; Prince George’s County African American Museum and Cultural Center, Brentwood, MD; and The White Room, Washington, DC.



from March 08, 2020 to July 10, 2020
Summer Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 12-5pm

Opening Reception on 2020-03-08 from 18:00 to 20:00


Sydney Vernon

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From 11:00 To 18:00
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays


Address: 109 Norfolk St., New York, NY 10002
Phone: 212-967-2260 Fax: 646-415-7810

Between Delancey and Rivington Sts. Subway: F to Delancey or J/M/Z to Essex

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