Sarah G. Sharp Studio

October 1, 2016-October 2, 2016, 11:00 am

Hosted by Sarah G. Sharp at 395 Johnson

Double Mountain, collage and digital print, 20″ x 30″, edition of 5, 2016

www.sarahgsharp.net

I am an artist with a research-based practice that utilizes drawing, video and collaborative processes. The bulk of my studio practice and research cuts across and brings together my interests in alternative social histories, language, place, critical media and craft. In the studio I work both independently and collaboratively, adopting the methodology and materials that speak to the project I am engaged with. Utopian social experiments and outsider communities and their relationships to the land are persistent areas of interest for me.

My current body of work “WHOLE EARTH SYSTEMS” (working title) uses abstract and geometric imagery found in the 1969 Whole Earth Catalog as its formal basis. The Whole Earth Catalog was published regularly by Stewart Brand between 1969 and 1972 and provided a information about and access to a broadly defined set of  “Tools” that might be useful for the building of an intentional community. Items in the catalog were presented in an associative but non-hierarchical manner. Layouts and informational drawings did not privilege scientific concepts like the golden mean over spiritual concepts like aura reading. “WHOLE EARTH SYSTEMS” explores the way value was produced through design choices in the catalog and how it reflects the communities it served. I use these abstracted images, shapes and schematics as source material for embroidery, collages, digital prints and video.

 

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