Sarah Sze is an american artist born in 1969 who lives in New York. She is mostly known for her ephemeral installations which are a compound of everyday objects brought together usually with an ironic sense. "Since the late 1990s Sarah Sze's signature sculptural aesthetic has presented ephemeral installations that penetrate walls, suspend from ceilings and burrow into the ground. The artist creates immense, yet intricate site-specific works which manipulate every space - be that a gallery, domestic interior or street corner - and profoundly affects the way it is viewed. Sze's practice exists at the intersection of sculpture, painting and architecture where her formal interest in light, air and movement is coupled with an intuitive understanding of colour and texture. Sze utilises a myriad of everyday objects in her installations from cotton buds and tea bags to water bottles and ladders, light bulbs and electric fans. Presented as leftovers or traces of human behaviour, these items, released from their commonplace duty possess a certain vitality and ambition within the work. Her careful consideration of every shift in scale between the humble and the monumental, the throwaway and the precious, the incidental and the essential solicits a new experience of space, disorienting and reorienting the viewer at every turn."(http://www.victoria-miro.com/artists/33-sarah-sze/) Sze can be tied into the arte povera movement for her interest in "poor" materials. She says she wants to create visual melodies with installations that are an evocation of the apparent anarchy found in music. she also states she finds her inspiration in Japanese gardens that, careless of the apparent anarchy she finds in them, always manage to guide the eye towards a particular point. Sarah Sze likes to question dimensions and contrasts between the light and the heavy, the large and the small, what is close in opposition to what is further away. she also likes to question our relationship with everyday life objects and how we treat them. She also likes to use the space in the which she exposes and she finds interesting ways to use the already existing architecture and to incorporate it in her work. (Work up to here done by Matilde) Within her work she analyses the concept of construction and deconstruction of everyday materials, she also identifies as a sculpture.Sarah Sze often creates spherical shapes cross referencing to the process of cutting and the juxtaposition between positive and negative space. In doing this her works have an ephemeral feel as the natural and artificial light is able to stream through the pieces.As selected by the group her most prominent work is the "Triple Point" exhibition displayed at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Triple Point brings together many of the ideas that Sze has developed during her practice. Central to the exhibition is the notion of the “compass” and the desire to locate ourselves in a disorienting world. Each of the rooms of the United States Pavilion functions as an experimental site, in which objects attempt to become instruments or assemblages that seek to measure or model the universe. The aspiration to model complexity—and the impossibility of that undertaking—is a key theme in Triple Point.
Sarah Sze:Figure 1
Triple Point (Planetarium), 2013
Wood, steel, plastic, stone, string, fans, overhead projectors, photograph of rock printed on Tyvek, mixed media
249 x 216 x 198 inches (632.5 x 548.6 x 502.9 cm)
© Sarah Sze, courtesy of the artist, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, and Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Photo: Jason Mandella (Work done by myself)