Opening Reception following the Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture on 14 January 2014
The Art Department of UNC at Chapel Hill is proud to present a John and June Allcott Gallery Exhibition and a Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture by alumna Sarah Walker. Walker’s new works offer themselves as a contemporary version of Chinese scholar’s rocks – those objects of meditation that are equally space and solid, form and formlessness, and which function as filters for unconscious creative processes.
Her unusual process-oriented techniques underscore the visual multiplicity of her paintings. Working with layers of acrylic paint that are by turns poured, pooled, filled and wiped away she uses the natural proclivities of the liquid medium to establish a rhythm of organic patterns that she fills with intricate geometric structures. A personal rule holds that nothing on any layer may ever completely vanish. As a consequence the works build relentlessly while ensnaring fragments of their history. Whether reservoir or memory bank each painting beckons the viewer to filter in not out the complexity of the world.
In these paintings Walker implies that objects are momentary solidifications at a crossroad where process, time and space entangle. Forms reminiscent of islands, mountains, clouds, spores, meteors and other heavenly bodies serve by turns as objects, territories and screens for projection. Here at this perspectival point we are invited to contemplate objects as portals to multi-dimensional perception.
Sarah Walker received her BFA from California College of the Arts and an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Recent solo exhibitions include Edge of Everywhere, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY, as well as the following group exhibitions: I Am The Cosmos, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ; The 185th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy Museum, New York, NY; and Big Bang! Abstract Painting for the 21st Century, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA. Walker’s art can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Neuberger Museum, the DeCordova Museum, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum. She is a 2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant recipient, and has been featured in publications such as Art in America, Art News, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Walker lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm
Artist website: www.sarahwalker.org
Art Department website: art.unc.edu