20
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Sarah McKenzie : Construction Paintings

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‘Big Box’
Oil on Canvas
60 x 60 in
2010
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‘Black Box’
Oil on Canvas
60 x 60 in
2010
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‘Interior 2′
Oil on Canvas
60 x 60 in
2008
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‘Construction 6 pile’
Oil on Wood
20 x 20 in
2008
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‘Fixture’
Oil on Wood
36 x 36 in
2010
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‘Seam’
Oil on Canvas
72 x 72 in
2008
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‘Construction 4′
Oil on Wood
20 x 20 in
2007
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For many years, until 2005, I painted aerial views of suburban sprawl. In my recent work, I have “zoomed in,” to focus on individual tract homes and commercial structures captured in a state of partial construction. These paintings explore the building process and, in it, find a metaphor for the activity of painting. I hope to draw a connection between the construction of a building out of raw materials ( lumber, steel, concrete ) and the construction of a picture out of raw materials ( paint, canvas, wood.)

My paintings are informed both by three-dimensional architectural space and by the pictorial “space” of twentieth century Modernist painting. The generic forms of suburban architecture provide a convenient framework through which I explore the basic structures and issues of geometric abstraction — stripes, grids, flatness vs. depth, color relativity, and so forth. Many of my recent works are marked by distinct moments of visual rupture, where the picture as a whole becomes fragmented.

I am applying paint to the surface in any number of incongruent ways, juxtaposing various painting “styles,” leaving sections of the painting support unpainted, and otherwise undermining the potential for illusionistic space. This disruption of the viewer’s experience is disorienting, but in a good way, for it enables the viewer to see the picture with fresh eyes – to see the picture itself as a construction. The underlying structure of the image is revealed, like the skeletal frame of a building.

At this point, my work is only peripherally about suburbia. Tract homes and strip malls provide the fodder for the paintings and help to place them in a specific cultural moment in time, but the work is ultimately about paint and the nature of pictures. To the extent that my paintings still comment on suburbia, it is through the moments of visual rupture described above, which may be interpreted as revealing the cracks in the suburban American dream. ~ [ Extract : Sarah McKenzie - Artists Statement ]

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Sarah McKenzie : Website

Sarah McKenzie : Jen Bekman Gallery

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