To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Factory, Andy Warhol’s famous studio, The Dillon Gallery in Chelsea, New York, are currently exhibiting ‘Ultra Violet - The Studio Recreated’, a showcase of artist and Factory "superstar" Ultra Violet's Chelsea studio, offering a glimpse into the life of the colourful pop art maven.
The entrance to the exhibit is decorated with a wide range of photographs of Ultra Violet during the Factory era, as well as candid images with many of her famous muses, some of the 20th century's most celebrated artists, Salvador Dali, Roy Lichtenstein and, of course, Andy Warhol to name a few.
The exhibit features an array of work, spanning over five decades, ranging from sculptures, prints, neon and personal photographs, tape recordings and various found objects. 'Self Portraits' (2012) is made up of a series of neo-baroque style mirrors, with words "self portrait" and "selfie" adorned onto the glass, in various sizes, layouts and colours. The mirrors are designed to empower and also elude viewers into their own distorted image of reality. The mirrors say "you are real, you are not real, but enjoy your illusion.", as Ultra Violet stated when discussing the concept behind the piece.
Another large portion of the exhibit is made up of her ‘IX XI’ sculptures (2011), seen in different sizes and colours. The sculptures are designed as a tribute to the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11. She stated that the choice to inscribe the date in Roman Numerals was her way of creating a regal remembrance of the horrific events of that day. One of these sculptures is currently on display at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
Born Isabelle Collin Dufresne in Grenoble, France, 78 year old Ultra Violet is also a best selling author and published her memoir, 'Famous For Fifteen Minutes', in 1988, detailing her early life in France, the rebellion against her aristocratic upbringing, including being exorcised by a Catholic priest in 1948, and the chaotic years she spent after moving to New York, her time with Warhol and the other eccentric Factory members. The book has been reissued seventeen times and has also been adapted into an Opera.
Ultra Violet currently operates from her studio in Chelsea as well as a location in Nice, France.
The exhibition will run until June 3rd
-Dillon Gallery, 555 W 25th St, New York