|Habitation 3 2010 Sarah Awad (via Sarah Awad)|
Catch this MFA Thesis exhibit if you live in the LA area:
April 14 - 22, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 14 from 5p - 8p
New Wight Gallery, UCLA
I have been interested in Sarah Awad's paintings since finding them on Visual Inventory last year. I've lived them subsequently through bad reproductions tacked up, frozen on my studio wall. My interest in them has changed and since her work has grown.
Figures and architecture pieces appear in Sarah's work, but the paintings become mostly about the shape relationships within those things. Her paintings are full of the qualities I hold back on: heavy strokes, electric color, decisive abstract color fields and messes. As the few versions of Habitation show, these are playful and investigative. She's being a student and that's something I often forget to be. Sarah's work shows me that there is still a lot of risk I can take with my own.
(This post was originally published on 2/7/11 and since been revised.)