Sara Cwynar

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Sara Cwynar (b. 1985, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is interested in the way that images accumulate, endure, and change in value over time. Her conceptual photographs and films involve constant archiving and re-presentation of collected visual materials, layering diverse imagery with references to art theory. The works intricately recall advertisements, retail catalogues, and old art history textbooks. Her visual assemblages meditate on how vernacular images shape collective world views, and how those ideals can change through time and contextual manipulation.

Cwynar was one of the recipients of the 2020 Sobey Art Award and the 2020 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. She earned her Bachelor of Design from York University in 2010 and her MFA from Yale University in 2016. She has exhibited at international museums including the Museum of Modern Art (2019); the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2019); Milwaukee Art Museum (2019); Oakville Galleries (2018); Minneapolis Institute of Art (2018); Museum für Moderne Kunst (2017); the Fondazione Prada (2016); and MoMA PS1 (2015), and international galleries including The Approach, London (2020); Foxy Production, New York (2017); Cooper Cole, Toronto (2016); Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York (2015), M+B Gallery, Los Angeles (2014); and Fluxia Gallery, Milan (2014). In 2014, Cwynar was awarded the Printed Matter Emerging Artists Publication Series and published her first monograph, entitled Kitsch Encyclopedia, with Blonde Art Books. Her work is in the permanent collections of museums including the Guggenheim Museum (New York), SFMoMA (San Francisco), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas), Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis), Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee), and the Museum of Modern Art (New York). A monograph of Cwynar’s work, entitled Glass Life, was published in 2021 by Aperture with the Remai Modern. Cwynar currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

 

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Source, Remai Modern

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Source, Remai Modern, 2021

Saskatoon, Canada

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Off the Record, The Guggenheim

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Off the Record, The Guggenheim, 2021

New York, USA

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Fawn (Protection from Predators)

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Fawn (Protection from Predators), 2020

Archival pigment print

Edition of 3, 2 AP

46.5" X 35"
118.11cm X 88.9cm

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Guts

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Guts, 2020

Archival pigment print

Edition of 3, 2 AP

46.5" X 37.5"
118.11cm X 95.25cm

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Sahara from SSENSE.com with Swimmers from TurboSquid.com

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Sahara from SSENSE.com with Swimmers from TurboSquid.com, 2020

Archival pigment print

Edition of 3, 2 AP

46.5" X 53.5"
118.11cm X 135.89cm

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Oops (Tools of Power)

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Oops (Tools of Power), 2020

Archival pigment print

Edition of 3, 2 AP

46.5" X 87.5"
118.11cm X 222.25cm

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Gilded Age II

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Gilded Age II at The Polygon Gallery, 2019

Vancouver, Canada

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Hands (Photographed by Graphics Studio, Milwaukee)

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Hands (Photographed by Graphics Studio, Milwaukee), 2019

Archival pigment print mounted to dibond

Edition of 3, 2 AP

52.5" X 42.5"
133.35cm X 107.95cm

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Hands II (Photographed by Graphics Studio, Milwaukee)

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Hands II (Photographed by Graphics Studio, Milkwaukee), 2019

Archival pigment print mounted to dibond

Edition of 3, 2 AP

52.5" X 42.5"
133.35cm X 107.95cm

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Board Room (Photographed by Graphics Studio, Milwaukee)

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Board Room ( Photographed by Graphics Studio, Milwaukee) , 2019

Archival pigment print mounted to dibond

Edition of 3, 2 AP

34" X 43"
86.36cm X 109.22cm

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Tracy (Rupt, Meaning Break Burst)

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Tracy (Rupt, Meaning Break Burst), 2017

Dye sublimation print on aluminium

Edition of 3, 2 AP

30" X 38"
76.2cm X 96.52cm

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Tracy (Pink Grid Look Up)

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Tracy (Pink Grid Look Up), 2017

Pigment print mounted on Dibond

Edition of 3, 2 AP

30" X 38"
76.2cm X 96.52cm

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Tracy (Pink Grid Look Down)

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Tracy (Pink Grid Look Down), 2017

Pigment print mounted on Dibond

Edition of 3, 2 AP

30" X 38"
76.2cm X 96.52cm

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Tracy (Red Roses)

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Tracy (Red Roses), 2017

Dye sublimation on aluminium

Edition of 3, 2 AP

30" X 38"
76.2cm X 96.52cm

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Tracy (Moschino)

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Tracy (Moschino), 2017

Dye sublimation print on aluminium

Edition of 3, 2 AP

30" X 38"
76.2cm X 96.52cm

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Ultra Cosmetics (Nail Polish Forty Fabulous Shades)

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Ultra Cosmetics (Nail Polish Forty Fabulous Shades), 2018

Archival pigment print

Edition of 3, 2 AP

30" X 38"
76.2cm X 96.52cm

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Yellow Grid

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Yellow Grid, 2017

Pigment print mounted on Dibond

Edition of 3, 2 AP

43" X 52"
109.22cm X 132.08cm

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Tracy (Chanel)

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Tracy (Chanel), 2017

Dye sublimation print on aluminum mounted on Dibond

Edition of 3, 2 AP

43" X 54"
109.22cm X 137.16cm

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Royalty Diamond Display No. 25

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Royalty Diamond Display No. 25, 2016

Archival inkjet print

Edition of 3, 2 AP

48" X 36"
121.92cm X 91.44cm

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Deluxe All Star Display No.45

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Deluxe All Star Display No.45, 2016

Archival inkjet print

Edition of 3, 2 AP

48" X 36"
121.92cm X 91.44cm

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Three Hands

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Three Hands, 2016

Sublimation print

Edition of 3, 2 AP

70" X 96"
177.8cm X 243.84cm

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Hands (Re-enactment)

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Hands (Re-enactment), 2016

Archival inkjet print

Edition of 3, 2 AP

61" X 96"
154.94cm X 243.84cm

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Hand Model (Kodak)

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Hand Model (Kodak), 2016

Edition of 3, 2 AP

16" X 20"
40.64cm X 50.8cm

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You Never Look at Me From The Place I See You 2

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You Never Look at Me From The Place I See You 2, 2016

Archival inkjet print

Edition of 3, 2 AP

30" X 24"
76.2cm X 60.96cm

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You Never Look at Me From The Place I See You 1

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You Never Look at Me From The Place I See You 1, 2016

Archival inkjet print

Edition of 3, 2 AP

30" X 24"
76.2cm X 60.96cm

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You Never Look at Me From The Place I See You 3

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You Never Look at Me From The Place I See You 3, 2016

Archival inkjet print

Edition of 3, 2 AP

30" X 24"
76.2cm X 60.96cm

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Flat Death

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Flat Death, 2013

Installation at Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada.

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Pictures of Pens II

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Pictures of Pens II, 2016

Chromogenic print

Edition of 3, 2 AP

53" X 43"
134.62cm X 109.22cm

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Pictures of Pencils II

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Pictures of Pencils II, 2016

Chromegenic print

Edition of 3, 2 AP

53" X 43"
134.62cm X 109.22cm

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Business Trip 1 (Handshake)

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Business Trip 1 (Handshake), 2016

Archival inkjet print

Edition of 3, 2 AP

40" X 32"
101.6cm X 81.28cm

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Business Trip 2 (Measurement)

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Business Trip 2 (Measurement), 2016

Archival inkjet print

Edition of 3, 2 AP

40" X 32"
101.6cm X 81.28cm

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Business Trip 3 (Point)

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Business Trip 3 (Point), 2016

Archival inkjet print

Edition of 3, 2 AP

40" X 32"
101.6cm X 81.28cm

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Presidential Index

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Presidential Index, 2015

Archival pigment print mounted to Plexiglas (in fourteen panels)

Edition of 3, 2 AP

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Display Stand, No. FP6 H. 23″ W. 10 1/2″ D. 9″

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Display Stand, No. FP6 H. 23" W. 10 1/2" D. 9", 2015

Archival inkjet prints

Edition of 3, 2 AP

30" X 24"
76.2cm X 60.96cm

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Contact 2015

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Contact Photography Festival, Toronto, 2015

Public art billboard campaign as part of the 2015 Contact Photography Festival. Curated by Sabrina Maltese.