November 12 - December 4, 2021
From Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery:
The act of making a painting requires a leap of faith into the abyss. It is terrifying, and I never know where it will land, but the acceptance of the unknown and my inability to maintain ultimate control over the outcome is, for me, the only viable space in which to work. I attempt to maintain a dialogue with the world on the canvas. Each painting is similar to giving birth; I have given life to this thing, and I have the power to influence and shape it to some extent, yet ultimately must learn to listen and help it become what it needs to be. With each new mark I make, the painting tells me where it wants to go.
Sarah approaches her work from a formal aspect, with process and problems of composition being the emphasis, and avoiding “concept” for as long as possible. However despite this approach, the content of her paintings is rich and far reaching, expanding well beyond the boundaries of formalistic concerns. Sarah’s paintings tell stories. The narrative and subject matter of each remains somewhat allusive, yet she pushes the door open just enough to give the viewer space to walk through. Though each painting is it’s own world, and the subjects vary from the geo-political to the deeply personal, they are unified by Sarah’s self imposed structures of process and palette, and thus create a cohesive body of work. In each painting she is striving to find the tension between composition, concept, and context.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Sarah Sagarin is a New York City based painter. She received her BFA from the University of Montana in 2000 with a dual emphasis is painting and ceramics, and her MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art in 2003. Sarah’s paintings have been exhibited extensively in New York City, nationally, and internationally. Her work has been included in art fairs in NYC and Japan and her paintings are housed in several private and public collections, including the University of Montana’s Permanent Collection and the Copelouzos Art Museum in Athens, Greece. She has taught painting, drawing, and composition classes in a variety of settings, including as a Post Graduate Teaching Fellow for NYAA’s MFA program. Sarah was a recipient of the Bronx Museum of the Arts 2017 AIM Fellowship, and she is the director and a founding member of the South Bronx Independent Artists Coalition which hosts the annual South Bronx Open Studio Tour. Sarah was born in New York City in 1976.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
Established in 2009, Clamp Light Artist Studios & Gallery has been committed to supporting local contemporary artists in South Texas. Clamp Light functions as both a studio space for resident artists and a gallery space for monthly exhibitions. Artists work in a variety of media including installation, sculpture, painting, photography, performance and new media. Clamp Light Gallery is located 1704 Blanco Road. Hours are by appointment only.
Reception: November 12, 2021 | 7–10 pm
1704 Blanco Rd, Suite 104
San Antonio, 78212 TXGet directions