Gallery artist Sara Cwynar was listed as one of the top 15 emerging artists of 2015 by Artsy.
“Cwynar scours eBay and junk stores for found vintage imagery and kitsch (like lo-fi gold watches or photographs of Brigitte Bardot) that she reworks in her studio in New Haven, CT. And she’s earned significant art-world recognition doing so, well before her Yale photography MFA graduation will roll around in 2016. Once a Literature major, Cwynar ultimately chose images over words and today—through scanning, re-photographing, and collaging—she creates tableaux and sculptural photographs from materials ranging from deconstructed darkroom manuals to a reproduction of Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907).
“The work is reaching out into the future of the media at a time when our dependency on it has never been bigger,” says legendary sculptor and photographer Thomas Demand, who is including Cwynar’s work in an exhibition he’s curating at Fondazione Prada in Milan in March, 2016. This show will continue Cwynar’s streak of institutional recognition, following a breakout year in 2015. (She was a standout of MoMA PS1’s “Greater New York” and “Under Construction,” the group show that traveled from Amsterdam’s Foam Photography Museum to Brooklyn’s Pioneer Works in March). But of equal measure is her presence in galleries with edgy and respected programs; she shows with Foxy Production and Cooper Cole, and in September, her seductive images of presidential busts (a series of Avon cologne bottles, scored on eBay) brought New Yorkers upstate for her solo exhibition at the popular Hudson outpost of Zach Feuer and Joel Mesler, Retrospective Gallery.”
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