E. V. Day (American, b.1967) is an installation artist and sculptor whose work examines feminism and sexuality and the links between these issues and popular culture. Day is a trained sculptor, who studied at Berkshire School followed by Yale University, where she received her MFA in Sculpture in 1995.

Shortly after graduating from Yale, Day began her Exploding Couture series, with its first installment, Bombshell, presented at the Whitney Biennial in 2000. The success of Bombshell paved the way for Day to exhibit her work on a solo basis. Her first solo exhibition was Transporter, an installation shown at Henry Urbach Architecture in New York in 2000. This was soon followed by a critically acclaimed solo exhibition, G-Force, presented in New York in 2001 at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris. In G-Force, Day suspends hundreds of pairs of thong underwear, hardened with resin from the ceiling, in traditional fighter jet formations. Many more exhibitions followed her earlier showings, with her work appearing at the Carolina Nitsch Contemporary in New York, the Salomon Contemporary in New York, and the Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago.

Day's work often involves the destruction of women's clothing before display. Her Exploding Couture, the series that began her career, consisted of six exploding dresses, all positioned so that the rags remained identifiable as the whole dress. The impression given is that of a taffeta ball gown just a moment after exploding into pieces. Monofilament lines allow Day to suspend individual pieces, some as small as sequins, from the ceiling to provide the exploding effect. The explosion isn't meant to be violent, instead functioning as a celebration in the form of an energy expansion. This sense of energy uncontained continues through Day's work, with the 2011 piece Flamenco Tornado showing that she hasn't abandoned the idea. A flamenco dress is warped into the shape of a tornado descending from the ceiling in this piece, with the energy of the tornado representing the strength of the dancer's feminine control over the dance. Studios and dealers that handle Day's work include the Carolina Nitch Contemporary Art in New York, the Salomon Contemporary in New York, The Hole Gallery in New York, the Country Club Gallery in Cincinnati, the Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Los Angeles, and The G Fine Art Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Timeline

1991
Hampshire College, BA
1995
Yale University, MFA Sculpture
1995
Susan Whedon Award for Outstanding Student in Sculpture
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Exhibitions

2009
Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago (solo)
2009
"Intergalactic Installations", Deitch Projects, Design District-Buena Vista Building, Miami/Basel, Dec 6-10th (solo)
2008
"I Won't Grow Up", curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody and Donald Baechler, Cheim and Read
2008
"Good Doll Bad Doll", Curated by Michael Duncan, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California
2008
"Wedded Bliss, The Marriage of Art and Ceremony", Peabody Essex Museum, Essex, MA
2008
"Blown Away", Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL
2007
"Multiple Interpretations", The New York Public Library, New York
2007
"Contemporary and Cutting Edge: Pleasures of Collecting, Part III", Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
2007
"What's Your Hobby", The Fire Place Project, East Hampton, New York
2007
"Crash, Pause, Rewind"; Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT
2006
"The Female Machine", Sister Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006
"Sweet Heat", site specific sound installation in the Boiler Room, Oct-January, PS1, New York (solo)
2006
"Bride Fight", May-August, Lever House, 390 Park Ave, New York, Deitch Projects (solo)
2006
"E.V. Day; Intergalactic Installations", April-June, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, California (solo)
2005
"E.V. Day", G Fine Art Gallery, Washington, D.C. (solo)
2005
"Crash, Pause, Rewind"; Western Bridge; Seattle, WA
2005
Art Basel/Miami; Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art, NY
2005
"Marilyn"; Sean Kelly Gallery; New York, NY
2004
Needful Things: Recent Multiples, Cleveland Museum of Art
2004
Marliyn, Sean Kelly Gallery new York
2004
Open House, Brooklyn Museum of Art
2004
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
2003
Galaxy, Henry Urbach Architecture
2003
Doublures, Musée National des Beaux-Arts quebec
2003
Rapture: Art’s Seduction by Fashion 1970-2002, Barbican Centre London
2003
G-Force (Forum), Bellevue Art Museum washington
2002
Mood River, Wexner Center for the Arts columbus
2001
"Ghost," Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan
2001
Armory Show 2001, with Henry Urbach Architecture
2001
Open Ends, Museum of Modern Art, new York
2001
"G-Force," Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris
2000
"Transporter," Henry Urbach Architecture, New York
2000
Artforum Berlin, with Hans Meyer
2000
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art
2000
"Greater New York," P.S. 1, Queens
2000
"Anywhere But Here," Artists Space
1999
"At the Curve of the World," Track 16, Santa Monica
1999
"Luster," Henry Urbach Architecture
1997
"Twister," Real Art Ways, Hartford
1997
"Endorphin Ladies," Sandra Gering Gallery, New York
1997
"Perfect Day," Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, curated by Michael Phelan
1997
Group Drawing Show, Margarete Roeder Gallery, New York
1996
25th Anniversary Exhibition, John Weber Gallery, New York "Material Matters," A.O.I. Gallery, Santa Fe
1996
"Weather Channels," Art Initiatives Gallery, NYC
1996
"Instant Visions," New York Women's Foundation, NYC
1996
"A Few Bright Moments," Void, NYC
1995
M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Yale School of New Haven
1995
"Raw Space," Real Art Ways, Hartford

Literature

2003
Galaxy reviewed in Tema Celeste, Freize, Sculpture, The Art Newspaper, The New Yorker, The Village Voice
2003
Flash Art (Summer), “Three Variations on Sculpture” by Shamim M. Momin
2003
V Magazine (Jan-Feb)
2003
Dangerous Beauty, exhibition catalogue, by Manon Slome
2002
G-Force reviewed in New York Times, Time Out, Women’s Wear Daily
2002
ArtNet.com, Tema Celeste, Frieze and Flash Art
2002
ArtNews (June; cover) “The Mod Bod” by Hilarie Sheets
2001
Art On Paper (September-October 2001) "E.V. Day: Cellular Communication"
2001
ArtNews, June 2001 (cover)
2001
Italian Vogue (April 2001) "Fragments," by Roberto Franceschetti
2001
Intervista (Winter 2001) "E.V Day," by Craig Garrett
2000
Connaissance des Arts (November 2000) "E.V Day," by Alanna Heiss
2000
Sculpture (June 2000),"E.V. Day: Telling Objects," by Charlene Roth
2000
Transporter, reviewed in the New York Times, Time Out, Village Voice, New Yorker, Flash Art, Art in America and ArtNews
2000
Art on Paper (May-June 2000) "E.V. Day"
2000
Surface (April 2000) "Day-Blow," interview with Stephen Sprouse