ALISON SAAR: BREACH
ALISON SAAR: BREACH
September 9 - December 3, 2017
Alison Saar is an American sculptor, painter, and installation artist. Her work explores issues of gender, race, and the African diaspora and draws on visual and cultural histories of modern dance, poetry, blues, and jazz as well as diverse artistic traditions.
In the exhibition Breach, Saar focuses on the catastrophic Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927, in which she found striking parallels to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Not only did the earlier disaster expose dreadful conditions for African American sharecroppers and tenant farmers, but also blatant discrimination in rescue efforts and allocation of government relief funds and services. The artist examines the complex interaction of social, cultural, and political factors associated with environmental disasters and our response to them.
Water imagery is woven throughout this exhibition of mixed media sculpture, painting, and works on paper. With titles like Sleufoot Slide and Backwater Boogie, it is not always clear whether figures are dancing or struggling for their lives.
A recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and Joan Mitchell Foundation fellowships, Saar has exhibited widely within museums as well as creating large-scale outdoor sculpture. Her work can be found in the collections of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the High Museum in Atlanta, among many others.
Breach was organized by Lafayette College Art Galleries in Easton, PA.
Top: ALISON SAAR, Breach, 2016, wood, ceiling tin, found trunks, washtubs and misc objects. Courtesy of the artist and LA Louver Gallery, LA
Middle: Backwater Boogie, 2015, acrylic, gesso and charcoal on found sugar sacks and linens. Courtesy of the artist and LA Louver Gallery, LA
Bottom: Sluefoot Slide, 2015, acrylic, gesso and charcoal on found sugar sacks and linens. Courtesy of the artist and LA Louver Gallery, LA
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