Sarah Crowner’s varied practice consists of paintings, sculptures, and installation-based works inviting the viewer to step inside—whether it be the work itself, or the world created around it. Her process involves meticulously examining and researching specific details of art history and re-contextualizing those visual cues and found forms into cut and sewn paintings, architectural elements, stage props, and costumes. For Crowner, shifts in scale and materials amplify simple forms and their relation to the human body.
For her project at Kayne Griffin Corcoran—which developed out of smaller-scale sculptures presented in Mexico City in 2018—Crowner presents three individually tinted concrete sculptures in-situ in the gallery’s courtyard and expanding on her vocabulary of forms, textures and colors. Her forms often take into consideration various perspective shifts and how the viewers engagement changes from a 2-d drawing and its translation into a 3-dimensional object. One of her sculptural forms for this project is taken from a detail of a tree in an architectural drawing by Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha (Casa Na Praia, Sao Paulo, 1970). The concrete medium itself alludes to Rocha’s use of the material throughout his practice. In another work, Crowner pulls from the world of Matisse—taking a fragment from one of his cut outs of a philodendron and materializing it into a 3-dimensional work that one can perch on while spending time within the presented landscape.
Sarah Crowner: Three Concrete Sculptures, March 23 - May 4, 2019. Kanye Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles.