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. 

photos via artist website & Featureshoot

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)

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Sara Cwynar. Accidental Archives.

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.