Some of us have trouble throwing stuff away, but who knew our collections of items could be organized so beautifully? Sara Cwynar‘s Color Studies brings all of those throw-away items into lovely compositions sorted by color.
There’s something so calming about everything in its right place. Perhaps that’s why I’m favoring the color grouping photos of Brooklyn-based photographer Sara Cwynar. Cwynar uses her own continually changing horde of objects to create these photo dialogues.
Those lemon yellow tones and monochromatic shades of black and gray eclectic items play on me like the work of other artists (see Michael Johansson) who obsessively group and catalog items in this artistic time capsule form transforming the everyday objects into discussions of our society’s obsession to have more things and the value we place on them.
“I save things everywhere I go and then when I am making work I have this huge repository of saved images and objects to pull from. My studio is just packed with stuff. It comes from everywhere, the garbage, scraps of images from other projects, flea markets, by the pound stores, my parents’ basement.”
THE DAILY PIC (#1465): Okay, so
like most critics – like most artists – I’m a sucker for art about art.
This color photo by Sara Cwynar, the last of this week’s Pics from the
“Greater New York” show at PS1, gives a lovely, accurate view of how we
almost always come across art: with our hands all over it, in
reproductions of every size and color. Thanks to good ol’ mechanical
reproduction, the singular work of art is in fact encountered, day to
day, as a spreading multiplicity.
Cwynar’s “Encyclopedia Grid (Abstract Art)”
might seem to belong to an old-fashioned, pre-Google world: She found
her reproductions in printed encyclopedias in those quaint old
warehouses called “libraries”; she shot her final image on a giant 8 X
10 sheet of film. It seems to me, however, that her analog object works
fine as a metaphorical pointer to our digital reality: After all,
there’s a sense that all art is analog, at heart; we can’t perceive the
digital or get our brains to read zeros and ones. Whatever the digital
steps in between, our knowledge of Mondrian begins life with things, and
ends up in our analog eyes. (Courtesy the artist and Foxy Production, New York)
Sara Cwynar´s latest project, Accidental Archives, is an accumulation, arrangement and documentation of images and objects, aimed to create an organized and material record of personal experience. Choosing from her own archive of saved objects, personal photographs and found images she creates densely-layered compositions, while they are simply categorized by color.