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Sara VanDerVeek: Pieced Quilts, Wrapped Forms at Metro Pictures

Sara VanDerVeek: Pieced Quilts, Wrapped Forms at Metro Pictures

By Frederick Henderson

Metro Pictures exhibits Sara VanDerBeek’s Pieced Quilts, Wrapped Forms. The exhibition is almost split into two sections. Pieced Quilts is comprised of abstract photos that VanDerBeek creates by layering pictures of her own geometric plaster sculptures and their shadows.  VanDerBeek enters into a historically feminist dialect addressing traditional “woman’s work.” 

Wrapped forms, in contrast, are concrete, wooden, and ceramic sculptures. These never before seen sculptures have been made over the past several years. The sculptures here are the same shapes that make up the patterns in the photographs on the walls. Some of the sculptures themselves are wrapped in printed patterns. The question of “woman’s work” and creativity is brought out of its historical context and into the modern day using bold colors and modern shapes. 

Eternal Triangle, Dusk, 2016 diptych; 2 digital c-prints each 96 7/8 x 48 7/8 inches (each framed) 246.1 x 124.1 cm 107 7/8 x 100 3/4 inches (overall) 274 x 255.9 cm Edition of 3, 2 APs Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Eternal Triangle, Dusk, 2016

diptych; 2 digital c-prints each

96 7/8 x 48 7/8 inches (each framed)

246.1 x 124.1 cm

107 7/8 x 100 3/4 inches (overall)

274 x 255.9 cm

Edition of 3, 2 APs

Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Sara VanDerBeek Japanese Fan, 2016 2 digital c-prints 96 7/8 x 48 7/8 inches (framed) 246.1 x 124.1 cm Edition of 3, 2 APs Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Sara VanDerBeek

Japanese Fan, 2016

2 digital c-prints

96 7/8 x 48 7/8 inches (framed)

246.1 x 124.1 cm

Edition of 3, 2 APs

Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Sara VanDerBeek, "Pieced Quilts, Wrapped Forms." Installation view, 2016. Metro Pictures, New York. Photo: Genevieve Hanson Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Sara VanDerBeek, "Pieced Quilts, Wrapped Forms." Installation view, 2016. Metro Pictures, New York. Photo: Genevieve Hanson

Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Sara VanDerBeek, "Pieced Quilts, Wrapped Forms." Installation view, 2016. Metro Pictures, New York. Photo: Genevieve Hanson Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Sara VanDerBeek, "Pieced Quilts, Wrapped Forms." Installation view, 2016. Metro Pictures, New York. Photo: Genevieve Hanson

Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Sara VanDerBeek, "Pieced Quilts, Wrapped Forms." Installation view, 2016. Metro Pictures, New York. Photo: Genevieve Hanson Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Sara VanDerBeek, "Pieced Quilts, Wrapped Forms." Installation view, 2016. Metro Pictures, New York. Photo: Genevieve Hanson

Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Sara VanDerBeek, "Pieced Quilts, Wrapped Forms." Installation view, 2016. Metro Pictures, New York. Photo: Genevieve Hanson Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Sara VanDerBeek, "Pieced Quilts, Wrapped Forms." Installation view, 2016. Metro Pictures, New York. Photo: Genevieve Hanson

Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Pieced Quilts and Wrapped Forms is on show at Metro Pictures through October 29th

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