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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sarah West, Clemson University MFA in Art Alumna, in New American Paintings South #124, June 2016

SOUTH #124

Newsstand Dates: June 2016 / July 2016


Sarah West (nee: Butler), CU MFA, Art (painting), 2012.
City / State: Washington, DC
"My paintings depict hybridized spaces in vivid colors, alternately fragmenting and coalescing. I consider play and discovery important components of both the execution of the painting and the viewer’s experience with it. I position my viewer as an explorer and navigator roaming through various spaces coexistent within a single composition, addressing the potential for fluidity between the material and the virtual.
"This series combines references to Early Renaissance painting with digital symbols and software references. By pairing sacred narratives with digital symbols, the work suggests the spiritual undercurrents within digital technology, in its potential for enlightenment, transcendence, and evocation of the infinite. Emphasizing the role of painting as portal, the work points to our persistent desire to be transported by visual means."

Juror: Emily StameyCurator of Exhibitions, Weatherspoon Art MuseumEmily Stamey arrived in North Carolina this past October to become Curator of Exhibitions at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She came to the Weatherspoon from the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona where she was Curator of Contemporary Art. Her recent exhibitions at SMoCA included Kelly Richardson: Tales on the Horizon and Leslie Shows: Surfacing. Prior to her work in Scottsdale, Stamey was Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University in Kansas. Her projects there included such exhibitions as Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles; Tony Feher: Extraordinary Ordinary; and Odili Donald Odita: Television.

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