Curated by Organized by the Blaffer Art Museum; Curated by Claudia Schmuckli
The young Argentinean-born, NY-based artist Analia Saban (b. 1980, Buenos Aires) takes a forensic approach to media and their embedded conventions. Surveying art history as if it were a murder scene, she peels back layers of material histories and subject matters in search of new directions and possibilities. Currently working across painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography, she disassembles and reconstructs the constituent parts of each as her very subject matter. Saban’s initial project included tracing and annotating paint strokes of existing paintings in an analytical process that culminated in stripping paintings of their material and then rolling up colored strips of unraveled paintings into a ball. Taking The Painting Ball (48 Abstract, 42 Landscapes, 23 Still Lives, 11 Portraits, 2 Religious, 1 Nude) as a point of departure, this exhibition traces 10 years of Saban’s research through 30 works made between 2005-2015. From casting acrylic paint into simulations of common household objects (i.e. towels) attached to canvases, to pouring hot encaustic paint into plastic bags that are subsequently peeled away, this show celebrates the unassuming magic of her seemingly minimalist practice. It will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog.