Sarah Crowner – Paintings for the Stage


in Hong Kong / China
15.02.2019 - 20.03.2019 00:00
Sarah Crowner - Paintings for the Stage

Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, is pleased to present the first solo show in Asia by New York artist Sarah Crowner. The exhibition will comprise a series of new stitched canvas paintings by the artist, as well as a collaboration with the Hong Kong-based scenic painter and theatre set designer, Pink Lam. “Paintings for the Stage” will be a continuation of the artist’s architectural and scenographic interventions, as seen most recently in her works at the 57th edition of The Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art, scenery and costume design for Jessica Lang’s “Garden Blue” for the American Ballet Theatre Company, and the commission she created for the Wright restaurant at the Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York.

Crowner’s multi-disciplinary practice draws on art, fashion, graphic design, theatre and performance to create dynamic works that recall 20th century geometric abstraction and re-examine the principles of geometry, proportion and the articulation of space that shaped modernism at its birth. At times the seams in her stitched canvases, and forms they suggest, recall hard-edged paintings of the 1960s, in others curved lines conjure biomorphic abstractions.

In recent years Crowner has exhibited her paintings in conjunction with ceramic tile murals and floor installations placed on elevated platforms in a gallery context, creating a bespoke, intimate environment or stage setting. She embraces the idea of painting as object, while pushing the parameters of its reading beyond the limits of the stretcher. Her exhibitions orchestrate a continual play between the surface of her paintings and the spaces in which we encounter them; formal echoes of pattern, surface and colour between the paintings and the architectural interventions she executes encourage a collapse in the distinction between painting and context – between the players and their stage.

Pink Lam, based in Hong Kong, is an artist specialising in theatre set design and mural painting. On the occasion of Crowner’s exhibition, Lam will execute a wall painting, as a backdrop for the space on which Crowners stitched canvas works will be installed.

Sarah Crowner was born in 1974 in Philadelphia, PA and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her MFA from Hunter College, New York. In 2018 she held exhibitions at the 57thCarnegie International, at the Carnegie Institute of Art, KMAC, Louisville Kentucky,USA, and created the scenery and costumes for GardenBlue, at The American Ballet Theatre, presented at Lincoln Center, New York.

In January 2017, a major installation by the artist, commissioned specifically for The Wright restaurant, opened at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include “Beetle in the Leaves”, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (2016-2017); “Plastic Memory”, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK (2016); “Everywhere the Line is Looser”, Casey Kaplan, New York, NY (2015); “Interiores”, Travesia Cuatro, Guadalajara, Mexico (2014); “The Wave”, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY (2014); “Rehearsal”, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm,Sweden (2012).

Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Jewish Museum, New York, NY(2015); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA(2014); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2013); WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium(2013); ICA, Philadelphia, PA(2013); ZachetaNational Museum of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY(2013); and the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2010). Her work is held in the collections of Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, amongst others.

Gallery hours Tues-Sat 11 am – 7 pm

Simon Lee Gallery
304, 3/F Pedder Building - 12 Pedder Street
Hong Kong


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