Sargent’s Daughters is pleased to present Bombshell, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Emily Furr. This marks Furr’s debut Los Angeles presentation is her fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. In this new body of work, Furr employs sexual innuendo and feminine tropes as allegories for war and weaponry, producing provocative and ironic images that examine cultural attitudes toward technology.

In Bombshell, Furr turns her focus to explicit signifiers of femininity, such as high heels, compacts, and perfume bottles. As the double entendre of the title implies, these items are at once alluring and potentially dangerous. In these works, makeup serves as warpaint and nail polish drips like blood. Masculinity is also present throughout the works, as lipstick tubes and missiles both evoke phalluses that pierce the compositions. Furr’s signature cosmic skies serve as backdrops to this psychosexual play, placing these scenes in the context of a larger universe that supersedes and, occasionally, subsumes them.

This body of work is deeply influenced by midcentury culture and the Pop Art movement that it spawned. Paying homage to vintage advertising with saturated colors and dynamic compositions, the works recall the glossy magazine spreads and propaganda posters of that era. Andy Warhol’s Bomb sculpture, as well as his Death and Disaster series, are both conceptual sources for Furr. The libidinal drives towards both consumer goods and violent actions are interrogated by her canvases.

Emily Furr (b. 1978, St. Louis, MO) is a New York-based visual artist who received her MFA from Hunter College, NY in 2018. Furr has had four solo exhibitions at Sargent’s Daughters. In 2019, she was an artist in residence at the Watermill Center (Watermill, NY). She has exhibited at 12.26 (Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA); Rebecca Camacho Presents (San Francisco, CA); Maria Bernheim Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland); Achenbach Hagemeier (Berlin, Germany); Galerie Hussenot (Paris, France); Office Baroque (Antwerp, Belgium); as well as being featured on the cover of New American Paintings’ 25th Anniversary Edition.

In February of 2021, Furr opened her first museum solo exhibition at the SCAD Museum (Savannah, GA), curated by Ariella Wolens, assistant curator of SCAD exhibitions. Furr’s work is in the permanent collection of the Orange County Museum of Art (Costa Mesa, CA) and the Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO). Her work has been reviewed in Artnet, Artforum, Hyperallergic, Burnaway, The New York Times, Time Out New York, amongst others. In September 2022, Furr presented a solo booth of new work at The Armory Show (New York) coinciding with her solo presentation Metal Heart at Sargent’s Daughters, which was reviewed by The New York Times. She is represented by Sargent’s Daughters.