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.”
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.
Sammiches is a collection of 51 international artists’ interpretations of the much-loved icon that is the giant cartoon sandwich. It is a massive 10″x14″ full-colour, perfect-bound, coffee-table conversation starter that will change the way you look at sandwiches forever.
This deluxe edition is finally seeing the light after more than a year’s worth of planning and production. We are celebrating this release with a party and an exhibition of some works from the book. Come on down to Dynamo Arts Association at 30 East 6th ave (Ontario & 6th) on March 8th. There will be original paintings, videos, prints, drawings and copies of the book and other artist’s books available for sale as well as DJ’s, drinks and finger sammiches all night. Several artists will be in attendance. Everyone’s invited!
If you can’t make the opening, the exhibition runs for the rest of the weekend from Noon – 5pm. Come get your copy before anyone else…
Book and exhibition include works from: Matthew Allison / Derek M Ballard / Josh Bayer / Morgan Blair / Andy Burkholder / Noah Butkus / Celeste Byers / William Cardini /Max Clotfelter / Sara Cwynar / Michelle Devereux / Jason Fischer / Erin Green / Viktor Hachmang / Anna Haifisch / Clay Hickson / James Hines / Ryan Humphrey / Ben Jacques / Nathan Jones / Brennan Kelly / August Lipp / Chris McD / Allan McEvoy / Jesse McManus / Kyle Mowat / Leisha O'Donahue / Mark Oliver / Michael Olivo / Marc J Palm / Nathan Prouty / Puck / Rand Renfrow / D'Metrius Rice / Joel Rich/ Julien Rivoire / Brad Rohloff / Hania Stella-Sawicka / Tom Sewell / Smithe / Alex Schubert / Jordan Speer / Hattie Stewart / Alex Stursberg / Pete Toms / Benjamin Urkowitz / Jordy van den Nieuwendijk / Jon Vaughn / White Swallows / Joshua Wiley / Eric Yahnker