Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Installation Artist Picked for Venice 2013

Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat), Sarah Sze's work for the High Line

Sarah Sze(pronounced ZEE), is a contemporary  installation artist who has been chosen to represent the United States at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Ms. Sze is well known for creating site specific environments using a variety of objects she finds in her environment. Her installations may use toothpicks, tubing, tea bags, ladders, wire, flowers, and anything else she may happen to feel works with the installation. Some of her works are suspended from the ceiling while others are on the floor allowing the viewer a close look at the objects she choose.

A well known work of hers can be viewed on the High Line in New York City. Here she created bird houses covered in fake wood. These aviary houses have parallelogram sides built into grids of shiny metal rods that converge to single points.

Her works are dizzying and immense and force the viewer to look at how objects can be used in ways not ordinarily though of. While incorporating the tossed away and the precious, the viewer can feel disoriented. Sze's work explores the boundaries of art and the object we use in everyday life.

Book on Sarah Sze owned at the Central Library. Click on book cover for more information.

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