Pin Spril II  (detail), 2013.
Sewing pins, steel, sequins, cardboard, mirrored paper, epoxy sculpt, and silver leaf.  


All That Sparkles

MARCH 27 - APRIL 20, 2013

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The Red Head Gallery is pleased to present All That Sparkles, an exhibition by artist Sam Mogelonsky. Mogelonsky’s studio practice focuses on the manipulation of  light-hearted elements to uncover narratives which are often more serious than appearances first suggest.  Working primarily in sculpture and installation, she plays with materials, construction, assembly and display.  The result is a series of sculptural works and photographs that question desire, imagination, memory and the nature of anticipation.

In this exhibition, Mogelonsky explores the adornment of forms and the handmade.  The artist works through repetitive tasks to transform familiar objects into something seductive and strange. The pieces become decorative, playful and obsessive, with a hidden sinister edge.

On first encounter, one experiences the works as floating spangled balls of psychedelic fun, however, these objects quickly become frenetically charged upon closer examination. There is nothing blasé or carefree about these sparkling orbs: the sequins are secured with sharp pointed pins. Biomorphic in form, Mogelonsky’s works emerge through an intuitive approach to manipulating materials into abstract forms and shapes.

A short essay by Sarah E.K. Smith will accompany the exhibition.

Sam Mogelonsky is an emerging Toronto-based artist. She holds a BFAH from Queen’s University and an MFA from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London, UK. She has participated in international residencies, including the Florence Trust Studio Residency Program, London, UK, the Château de la Napoule Art Foundation Residency in Mandelieu de la Napuole, France and A.I.R. Casa Marles in Llorenc de Penedes, Spain. She has exhibited in Canada, the UK, France, Ireland, and Portugal, with exhibitions in artist-run, commercial and publicly funded galleries. Recent exhibitions include “Boxed In” at The Rooms Provincial Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland, “Glitter Island World” at the Union Gallery, Kingston. Ontario, and “Are we there yet?” at Artspace, Peterbourgh, Ontario. Her work is held in Canadian and international collections. For more information, please visit

Sarah E.K. Smith
is a Toronto-based art historian, whose practice includes writing, curating and teaching. She is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in the Department of Art at Queen’s University and a sessional instructor at Ontario College of Art and Design University. Her research scope encompasses modern and contemporary visual and material culture, with specific interest in the relationship between culture, economics and globalization. For more information please visit