An exhibition of Columbia University School of the Arts Visual Arts Program Professor Sarah Sze's work opened at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York September 16. The show will remain on view through October 23.
Sze’s sculptures are flowing structures consisting of a conglomeration of small-scale household items that respond to and infiltrate the surrounding architecture. Like the information flow of the World Wide Web, her compositional language takes form by successively linking small bits of discrete information into a complex network. With an intensity born of a laborious patchwork technique that is at once painterly and sculptural, the interplay between individual components and overall structure allows Sze to explore the boundaries between art and everyday life.
Sze began showing her work in 1996 in New York at the SoHo Annual and at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York (1997). Since then she has been included in several major international exhibitions, including Cities on the Move, Secession, Vienna, and Migrateurs, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1997); Manifesta 2, European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Luxembourg, and Berlin Biennial (1998); and 48th Venice Biennale (1999). Solo exhibitions of Sze’s work have been presented at White Columns, New York (1997); Institute of Contemporary Art, London (1998); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1999); and Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris (1999-2000).
Sarah Sze in Conversation with Phong Bui, The Brooklyn Rail, October 2010