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THE TALENT // SARAH CROWNER

July 8, 2016

Sometimes, things just work out in our favor.

 

Like a few months ago when we were browsing Architectural Digest. A lot of the time, being the visual people that we are, we are tempted to just study the pretty pictures on the pages and bypass all that text. But for some reason, when we came across an article on the LA-based artist Sarah Crowner, we had to know more ... so we started reading.

Crowning standing atop her work, Platform. Photo via UnionManagement.au

 

The reason this was so fortuitous? Because while we were reading, we learned that Crowner was just about to debut her first-ever solo exhibition at a U.S. museum, and that museum just so happened to be MASSMOCA in North Adams, just a short drive from Boston. Score.

 

The exhibition, called Beetle in the Leaves, is a showcase of Crowner's mastery of a very unique medium. She's technically a painter, but her works are made by sewing pieces of painted canvas together to create abstract-style images.

 

It gets better.

 

Besides her paintings, Beetle in the Leaves is also a showcase of Crowner's talents in applied arts. Tapping into her knack for collage, she also created a custom, raised-tile floor and two tile walls for the exhibit (in conjunction with Cerámica Suro in Guadalajara, Mexico) creating an experience that essentially envelopes you in her aesthetic. 

A peek at the MASSMOCA exhibit. Image via MASSMOCA

A close-up of the tile floor. Image via MASSMOCA

 

Pick a weekend, and get out to North Adams. The show is on view through January 2017. In the meantime, check out this eye candy. 

Sliced Snake, 2015.

Photo by Jean Vong via The New York Times

Detail of Platform, 2014. 

Photo by Jason Mandella via The New York Times

 A wide shot of Platform on display at MASSMOCA. 

Totem, 2015.

Photo by Jean Vong via The New York Times

 

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