STRANGER chops up COWBOY in the woods. STRANGERS COWBOYS is a collection of COWBOY’s components. Set together they formed into the shape of an operatic visual album. STRANGER doesn’t understand why. STRANGER isn’t “like” this.
STRANGERS COWBOYS, is act II, III and IV of a morality opera. The opera is a package containing a book, a pack of unfulfilling cigarettes and an unusable lighter. It can only be ordered by calling HOTLINE FOR THE LOST at +1 (866) 235-0682.
Emily Sasmor aims to create images that divide themselves perfectly. These images are systems that deem all information as provisional – that all things must be reexamined to get to their reality. To create these structures, she makes work that attempts to understand and navigate the suffering, despair, and violence created from superficial systems of control and possession. This probing becomes art adorned in caricature. The videos, video installations, objects, and writing she makes are pastiches of largely appropriated imagery, sound, and text that mimic the experience of listening to pop music. Using the caricatures, of intimacy, desire, and violence, found in this music she builds narrative. Through them she presents tumultuous relationships that speak to systemic problems.
Emily Sasmor was born in La Jolla, California, in 1993. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Film, Video, New Media, and Animation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has appeared in various group shows, festivals, and screenings including Supernova: Outdoor Festival of Digital Animation and Art, and 2nd Floor Rear 2017: RITUAL