Sarah Cain

September 11 – October 12, 2006

 

I’ve Come To Talk With You Again, 2006

Latex, spray paint, pencil, gouache, watercolor and ink on paper

80 x 166 inches

 

WHITE LIGHT, 2006

Watercolor, gouache, spray paint, latex, ribbons and thread on canvas;

5 latex and enamel canvases

38 x 18 inches overall

 

like a butterfly in strong wind, 2006

Latex, gouache and watercolor on 59 gold leaves sprayed with archival varnish;

29 color copies sprayed with archival varnish; 33 tiles

Dimensions variable

Approximately 55 x 22 ½ x 7 ½ inches

 

locket, 2006

Latex, glitter and paper on canvas

16 x 12 inches

 

Untitled (Chain), 2006

Aluminum foil, glue and thread

34 ½ x 14 inches

 

Untitled, 2006

Spray paint, latex, gouache and watercolor on brick

Site-specific work in fireplace and crest above

 

Untitled, 2006

Spray paint, latex, gouache and watercolor on brick

Site-specific work in fireplace and crest above

Detail view

 

Untitled, 2006

Spray paint, latex, gouache and watercolor on brick

Site-specific work in fireplace and crest above

Detail view

 

falling, 2005

Latex, watercolor and gouache on canvas; spray paint and latex on paper

16 ¾ x 15 ¼ inches

 

Hello Darkness My Old Friend, 2006

Latex, spray paint, pencil, gouache, watercolor, thread, bells and Eucalyptus seedpod on paper

97 ½ x 80 inches

 

the universe, 2006
Watercolor, spray paint, gouache, bells, mirrored fringe, Velcro and thread on paper
Paper size: 39 x 54 ½  inches

Framed size: 44 1/8 x 59 5/8 inches

 

Believers #4, 2006

Spray paint, latex, ink, gouache and watercolor on paper

Paper size: 74 x 61 inches

Framed size: 80 3/8 x 66 7/8 inches

 

Think of me as the night sky, 2005

Latex, thread and beads on canvas; spray paint on wood

48 ½ x 12 inches 

 

Believers #1, 2006

Latex, gouache, watercolor, colored pencil, ink and pencil on paper

Paper size: 75 x 63 inches

Framed size: 81 ¾ x 69 ¾ inches

Press Release

 

Anthony Meier Fine Arts is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by San Francisco artist Sarah Cain.  Exhibiting at the gallery for the first time, Cain’s work is defined by an investigation of space; psychological, physical and emotional. She creates an intuitive translation of the poetics of life.  Her varied practice encompasses works on paper, paint on canvas, sculpture and site-specific installation, with much cross-pollination between.

 

The composition of Sarah Cain’s work is often simple; bold blocks of color, geometric forms, surfaces broken into quadrants, focused areas of dense detail.   These formal characteristics are balanced by bursts and splashes of unconstrained color, found objects such as feathers and bells, and an adept use of negative space.

 

Believers #4, a large work on paper, showcases many of the above characteristics.  The piece is dominated by four sections of color, the largest black, then gray, red, blue and yellow.  These color sections are bisected by fine lines, breaking up their dominance on the page.  Blazing orange spray paint is deftly applied, two small fans of rainbow detail nestle in on the top and bottom left.  Cain creates a dynamic surface tension and energy that explodes beyond the actual dimension of the work.  She has a light, lyrical hand that manages to populate her surfaces densely without weighing them down.

 

In her site-specific piece on view, Cain has installed a mélange work in an early 20th century fireplace.  The piece is juxtaposed across the room from a 14-foot long, unframed work on paper, I’ve Come to Talk to you Again.   Between the artist’s space and the architectural space, the pieces speak to one another and this conversation is an important aspect of Cain’s work.  She strives to extend limits of language, putting a visual to a feeling or a mood that is beyond words.

 

Cain received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and her MFA from UC Berkeley. She is a recipient of the 2006 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SECA award and will be included in the Busan Biennale in Korea, opening 16 September.  Cain is currently an affiliate artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts.