Sarah Crowner | the artist




The artist Sarah Crowner
Born 1974, Philadelphia, USA.
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Style and technique of the artist: Whitney Biennial, Painting, Sculpture Objects,


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Sarah Crown
lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BA from the
University of California, Santa Cruz and her MFA from Hunter College in 2002. Crowner has participated in exhibitions worldwide including a recent two person show with Paulina Olowska at DAAD Galerie, Berlin; a solo exhibition at Nice + Fit Gallery, Berlin; a group project with North Drive Press at White Columns, NY; and various collaborative projects with Dexter Sinister…

Sarah Crown
Transforming the legacy of hard-edged geometric abstraction, specifically from the 1950s and 1960s (e.g. Victor Vasarely, Lygia Clark, Olle Baertling, Bridget Riley), Sarah Crowner employs both original and appropriated compositions as patterns and templates to construct paintings that exist as hand-built objects. Using a sewing machine, painted panels of canvas are sewn together with blocks of monochromatic fabrics and raw linen, thereby reconstructing and reducing the rigorous systematic approach established by the specters of Modernism…

Sarah Crown
Crowner’s canvases also piece together, and in some cases seem to pull-apart the gendered concepts of craft and high-art while joining the delimited surfaces within slick, hard-edge painting. Her use of a sewing machine evokes obvious notions of “women’s work,” while the substitution of cloth for paint returns the viewer’s gaze, checked: where one normally expects to see paint, a seemingly flat and more illusionist, yet tactile, fabric comes into focus…



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