Currently on view at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is a solo exhibition of new works by New York-based installation artist, Sarah Sze. Sze's works are highly elaborate constructions built from everyday objects: plastic water bottles, rug fragments, discarded cell phones, cans of beans. The intricacies of her extensive, room-sized installations require the viewer to maneuver cautiously in and around the carefully composed structures to better examine each piece's immense detail.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Reconstructing Space: New Works by Sarah Sze
In The Uncountables (Encyclopedia), the artist's systematic layering and strategic placement of commonplace objects gives new context to our everyday clutter and reconstructs a bizarre version of the very world from which the items were pulled. Numerous tiny holes, pierced in the vinyl of a black lawn chair, resemble constellations. Small, white painted blocks and bottles suggest buildings. Rectangles of gray paint swatches lined atop rulers are reminiscent of rows in a parking lot.
On the second floor is 360 (Portable Planetarium), a piece which further exemplifies Sze's ability to construct new realities. This work exists in its own circular wooden framework, with a landscape of cascading trees cut from magazines. Reflections of water glisten on the walls, invoking the possibility of illimitable space beyond the piece's enclosed architectural realm.
With these refracted and distorted reflections of our inhabited space, Sze manages to establish an order within the assemblages of accumulated objects. Each vignette, created from the minutiae of a lived-world, both grounds us in the everyday while simultaneously projecting us beyond it. Although Sze's arrangements may appear a chance assortment of quotidian paraphernalia, there is an organic and ethereal balance infused within her works that makes each one worthy of prolonged exploration.