Current Program - North East space

Natalie White &

Issa Salliander:

Virginia Sins

March 11th - March 20th, 2020

Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 7pm

Natalie White & Issa Salliander:

Virginia Sins

Opening: Wednesday, March 11th, 2020, 6 - 11pm

On View: March 11th - March 20th, 2020

Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 7pm

Wallplay is pleased to announce Natalie White and Issa Salliander’s first collaborative project Virginia Sins. The title is not only a play on the name of the cigarette brand, Virginia Slims, but an  ode to its targeted marketing. Within a predominantly male-run advertising industry,  Virginia Slims marketed to the women’s liberation movement throughout the 1960s.  The exhibition will feature three billboards produced to function as simultaneously indoor and outdoor structures, along with 17 giant polaroid photographs. The artists are also including video piece as the title artwork.


Like much of White’s career, Salliander also seeks to blur the line between artist and muse with  Virginia Sins. “As someone who is seen purely as a painter, it felt like a good time to invade the frame of one of my favorite subjects. Many hybrids have been produced in recent history, but none perhaps as intensely striking and emotionally brutal as this,” says Salliander. By using the giant polaroid format, Salliander and White work to transform feminine beauty by deliberately introducing elements of chance, intuition, or irrationality into the system that governs the creation of these works. They further question the relationship between self-representation vs anonymity and it’s influence on form.


The three billboards act as a unique blend of technical, photographic histories, i.e. giant polaroids, and the latest printing techniques. Salliander and White created each image using one of the last working giant polaroid cameras and then self-appropriated the images onto the large scale billboards, a widely used, timeless marketing tool. Bringing these public objects  into the gallery, the artists also aim to make commentaries on not only the female form but the unfortunate irrelevance of rock ‘n’ roll in 2020, and present political state. In doing so, the artists have ultimately created a novel form of self-portraiture.


An opening reception will take place on Wednesday, March 11th, 6-8pm. 25 Kent Avenue, entrance on Wythe between N12th and N13th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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