Andy Vogt

Artist Bio

Andy Vogt grew up in the suburbs of Washington DC and attended Carnegie Mellon University where he earned a BFA in Intermedia, a program focused on time based media, performance and installation. He lived in Pittsburgh PA until 2000. He currently lives and works in San Francisco, California

Vogt’s use of reclaimed wood from demolished buildings, started around 2004, a few years after moving to San Francisco. His first solo show was in 2006 at ampersand international arts in Dogpatch, SF. Since then, his work has been exhibited nationally and locally including solo shows at Eli Ridgway Gallery, Hap Gallery (Portland, OR) , Southern Exposure, The Museum of Craft and Design and Ampersand International Arts. Group exhibitions include Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco State University Art Gallery, Swarm Gallery and Adobe Books Backroom Gallery. In 2010 he was an artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts.

Vogt was recently featured in Shadow Play, by Zahid Sardar in Spaces Magazine. His previous press includes a review by Brian Karl, “Pattern, Predictability, Repetition” in SFAQ, and extended interview Klea McKenna and writer Nikki Grattan, appearing in “In The Make”. Vogt’s work has also been reviewed in Beautiful Decay, Willamette Week, Cool Hunting, Art 21 Blog, SFWeekly and numerous other online and print publications.

His works are included in the Twitter Corporate Collection, Instagram Corporate Collection, and numerous private collections.

Artist Statement

My work takes the upheaval of demolition and the un-making of spaces as a starting point.

For nearly a decade I’ve been working with salvaged wood lath, the interior skeleton of pre-WW2 era buildings that holds plaster on their aging walls.  As a material, it is ubiquitous in Northwestern cities like San Francisco.  Here, the majority of the city’s buildings are interlaced with these humble sticks that have been in suspended animation since at least the 1940’s, if not the 1840’s.  As a natural material, lath is a relic of a long-gone type of harvest, that which saw old-growth forests felled for previous building booms.  Trees that may have been nearly 600 years old could have contributed some of these small splintery lath boards;  that would make them nearly 800 years old today when they are ripped off the wall during demolition and tossed in a dumpster.  The combined contexts of the found material is a compelling inspiration for me to find new forms within it.

The trashed wood, free from a century or more of suspended animation, has become my drawing tool complete with its own tonal scale, line weight and structural vernacular.  My flat wood sculpture is a type of drawing that exists between the physical (sculptural) and the imagined (drawn), based on the inherent characteristics of the material and the acquired context that it gains, post demolition.

In my newest work, the lath has become an “actor” in the process of  creating it, but is only visible as a phantom presence in the finished pieces.  This has included using lath as a mold material in which to cast concrete and as shadow casting device to create photograms of sculptural forms on fabric.

In both of these new directions I’m exploring the the removal of structure and the resulting, hazy after-images of what is now gone.

Curriculum Vitae

Born, Washington D.C. 1970
BFA, Carnegie Mellon University 1992

Solo Exhibitions

2017 “offset”, Facebook Commission, CA

2017 (upcoming), Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014 “fossilized”, Hap Gallery, Portland, OR
2013 “submerged on the surface”, Eli Ridgway Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 “boundary lines”, Eli Ridgway Gallery (project space), San Francisco, CA
2011 “architecturalized”,  Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA
2011 “recent works”, Electric Works Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010 “gray area”,  Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
2009 “wood drawings and/or sculpture”,  Four Barrel, San Francisco, CA
2008 “aftermath”, Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco, CA
2006 “dimensioning nowhere”, LH Horton Jr. Gallery, Stockton, CA
2006 “redensified”, Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco, CA


2011 Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

Group Exhibitions:

“Mod/Front”, Untitled Art Fair, SF CA
“Round 2” Satellite of Love, SF CA

“Pattern Predictability Repetition”  2214 Gallery, Berkeley, CA
“MFA Never”, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

C2C Projects @ Artist Run, Satellite Art Fair, Miami, FL
“Carry On” (Mexico City, Mexico), Ampersand International Arts,  San Francisco,  CA“Shoebox Orchestra”, Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco, CA

“C2C Project Space” (w/Jason Karolak), San Francisco, CA
“Ouroboros”, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

“Thinking Like the Universe”, K Imperial Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Streetopia”, Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA
“Architectural Deinforcement”, Cerritos College Gallery, Norwalk, CA
3020 Laguna In Exitum,(site specific installation in a soon-to-be-demolished residence), SF, CA

“Fragments/Specimens”, Aurobora Press, San Francisco, CA
“Shadowshop”, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
“Spaces, Series #1”, True Silver Union Galllery, San Francisco, CA
“Breaking Ranks”,  Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
“Stop and Go Animation Festival”, touring internationally

“Out of Order”, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
“So Many Products, So Little Time”, SOAP Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Paper! Awesome!”, Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA
“Andy Vogt + Ari Salomon”, SFMOMA Artists Gallery windows, San Francisco, CA

“Sustained Decay”, Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco. CA
“Mixed Metaphors”, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Regime Change”, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA

Aqua, Miami FL with Swarm Gallery of Oakland, CA
“Kick Out the Jams”, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Unfinished”, Grand Theater Center for the Arts, Tracy, CA
“Close Calls”, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

“Artifice of Form”, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA
“Stream” Upspace, Los Angeles, CA
“Unfinished” Mission17,  San Francisco, CA

“Sketch”, UC Davis Memorial Union Art Gallery, Davis, CA
“Paper Awesome!”, Pigman Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Articles in Print:

Zahid Sardar, “Shadow Play”, Spaces Magazine, 2017
Kenneth Baker, “2 San Francisco galleries with new tomorrows”, SF Chronicle  2014
Kenneth Baker, “Floor-to-ceiling Vogt”, SF Chronicle June 15, 2013
Sura Wood + Katherine Krause, “Ouroboros”, 7 x 7 magazine 2013
Kenneth Baker, “Churchill and Vogt in the back room”, SF Chronicle  2009
Hiya Swanhuyser,”Tear It Up, Tear It Down”, San Francisco Weekly, 2009
Dewitt Cheng, “Unfinished at Mission17”, Artweek, 2007
Diane Chin Lui, “Birth of Ideas”, The Davis Enterprise, 2006


Kelsey Nicholson, ‘Gray Area’ at Southern Exposure, 2010
Dewitt Cheng, ‘aftermath’ at ampersand international arts, 2008

Online Coverage: 

San Francisco Arts Quarterly, ‘Pattern Predictability Repetition at 2214’, Brian Karl, 2016
In The Make, ‘Andy Vogt’,  Klea McKenna and Nikki Grattan, 2013
San Francisco Arts Quarterly, ’Andy Vogt at Eli Ridgway’, Chris Rusak, May 30, 2013
Art21, ‘Andy Vogt’s Everyday Science ‘, DeWitt Cheng, November 2, 2011
SF Weekly, ‘Sculptor Uses “House Guts” to Frame MOCD’S new (Temporary) Home’, Caroline Chen, July 2011
Booooom!,  2010
My Love For You is a Stampede of Horses, 2010
Closet of Horrors – Spain 2010
Holy Ghost – England 2010
Taide & Design “Sustained Decay – Andy Vogt & Joshua Churchill” by Gareth Spor, 2009
SFMOMA | Open Space by Eric Heiman “A Requiem, A Dream “(Part One)” & “(Part Two)”, 2009

Online Publications: 

Ruby Mag: Issue #45 online Art Magazine – Argentina
Sixth Finch – New England

Printed Publications: 

Luxe Interiors + Design magazine, San Francisco edition, November/December 2017

The End, Andy Vogt, Copla Press

Hot and Cold – Issue #2 May, 2008
“Otherworldliness” published 2011 – Gestalten Verlag, Germany