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DEB SOKOLOW | images | artist resume | press | WX shows: 2016 | 2013 | 2010

b. 1974, Davis, California
Lives and works in Chicago, Illinois

Deb Sokolow's partially fictional, text-driven drawings and collages come from serious research and comical speculation into the details of shadowy histories, manipulative individuals of influence, organizational brainwashing, alternate trajectories of the lives of geniuses and moments when a dark and sometimes humorous pragmatism emerges in one's human nature. Brian Droitcour writes, “Overheard conversations, observed facts, suspicions and guesswork accumulate in a fractured story, told with flow charts, maps, and Xeroxed images rather than smooth narrative transitions. Like a conspiracy theory, Sokolow's drawings assemble enough arguments and facts to impart a sense of a deep logical connection, but determining the presence of truth is left to the viewer, who is pulled into the work by Sokolow's use of the second-person pronoun "you" to refer to her protagonist.” Recent topics include Frank Lloyd Wright's troubles with secretaries, an alternate career trajectory for would-be master illusionist David Copperfield, Kenneth Noland's uninhabited orgasms inside a Reichian Therapy box, and the CIA's failed assassination attempts on Castro.

Deb Sokolow is a Chicago-based artist and writer. Her work has been included in the 4th Athens Biennale in Greece and in other group exhibitions at the Drawing Center in New York, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen in Germany, Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Solo exhibitions include the Abrons Art Center in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art and Western Exhibitions in Chicago, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Institute of Visual Arts in Milwaukee and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, in which Sokolow’s 2013 MATRIX exhibition, “Some Concerns About the Candidate,” was reviewed in the New York Times. Her work has been reproduced for Creative Time’s Comics project, for Swedish art magazine, Paletten, and in Vitamin D2, a survey on contemporary drawing. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction and the Thomas J Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. Sokolow is a recipient of an Artadia award and residencies at Art Omi and Nordic Artists’ Centre in Norway. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004.

Detail of
"Mr. David Copperfield and the Great Wall of China"
graphite, crayon, colored pencil and collage on paper
30 x 22 x 1 in., 34 x 26 inches framed