Sascha Braunig: Lay Figure

Fall 2022 Exhibition at Oakville Galleries

For its fall exhibition season, Oakville Galleries is thrilled to present new and recent works by artist Sascha Braunig, in her first solo exhibition at a museum in Canada.

Sascha Braunig
Lay Figure

2 October – 30 December 2022
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens & at Centennial Square

Mark your calendars to join us for the opening reception on Sunday, 2 October 2022, 2 – 5 PM. All are welcome! For additional details on exhibition tours and related programming, please visit oakvillegalleries.com for updates.

Sascha Braunig’s paintings and drawings are exercises in colour, form, and illusion. Citing an artistic lineage that stretches from the Pictures Generation through to the Chicago Imagists and horror-movie practical effects, her sometimes barbed, tubular, netted, or neon-lit forms speak of many of the tensions of the current moment, such as being a subject within the grid of digital or gender systems.

In this exhibition, which stretches over both Oakville Galleries sites, the Canada-born, the US-based artist brings together new and recent works that are based on the compositional motif of figures engaged in conflict with a dress-like structure. These works use material qualities to analogize an immaterial idea: the feeling of struggling with a system more powerful than you, in which you are also deeply entangled.

Braunig builds and uses three-dimensional models as visual aids in the making of her work, some of which are included in the exhibition. Because of this observational painting practice, she sees her work as being linked to the academic nineteenth-century painter’s use of the “lay figure,” a jointed doll, not quite to-scale, that artists used as a stand-in for a live model in the studio. The exhibition’s title, Lay Figure, refers to this historical practice, but Braunig extends its meaning to the schematic wiry figure that recurs in her recent work. Here she imagines the lay figure coming into a life of its own, squirming to free itself from rigid systems and resisting its status as the inanimate muse in patriarchal painting’s history.

A recent New York City exhibition of Braunig’s work received significant media attention and acclaim. Featuring loans from private collections across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Braunig’s exhibition at Oakville Galleries presents a highly evocative suite of works that demonstrate Braunig’s singular vision and talent.

About Oakville Galleries
Oakville Galleries is a not-for-profit contemporary art museum located 30 km west of Toronto. Housed in two spaces—one alongside a public library in downtown Oakville, and another in a lakeside mansion and park—Oakville Galleries is one of Canada’s leading art museums, driven by a belief in the singular power of art and artists to deepen our understanding of ourselves and our communities and move us toward a better world.

For more information about Oakville Galleries, our exhibitions and public programs, please visit our website to connect with us by phone, or online!

OAKVILLE GALLERIES in Gairloch Gardens
& at Centennial Square

Fall Operating Hours
Tuesday – Wednesday: 10:00 AM ¬– 5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Closed Sundays and statutory holidays
Monday (available by appointment)

Admission is always free, donations welcome 905.844.4402 | info@oakvillegalleries.com | oakvillegalleries.com | @oakvillegalleries

Images: 1) Sascha Braunig. Untitled Study, 2020. oil on Arches oil paper, 11.25 x 15 inches. Courtesy the artist.
2) Sascha Braunig, Fountain, 2021. Oil on linen over panel, 48 x 60 inches. Courtesy the artist and the Collection of Jill and Peter Kraus.