Statement and Bio
I am an artist with a research-based practice that utilizes drawing, video and collaborative processes. The bulk of my studio practice and research cuts across and brings together my interests in alternative social histories, language, place, intuitive processes and craft. In the studio I work both independently and collaboratively, adopting the methodology and materials that speak to the project I am engaged with. Alternative social formations and their relationship to the land are persistent areas of interest for me.
Drawing from imagery and ideas surrounding craft, labor, and utopian ideals put forth by figures like William Morris, the Roycrofters, Sister Corita Kent, and the Constructivists, my recent work explores visual representations of landscape and their shifting in the western mind with notions like hope, fear and “glory.”
My current project, Youth Communes and The Pacific States, is a response to media-based imagery of separatist, utopian and other types of communal worlds that emerged in American popular culture during the 1960’s and 1970’s. As I engage with these images I seek to decode and deconstruct their significations while disrupting the nostalgic lens through which they are often viewed.
Sarah G. Sharp holds an MFA and an MA in Art History from Purchase College, SUNY. She is the recipient of a Getty Library Research Grant, a BRIC Arts Media Fellowship, residency awards at Cortijada Los Gázquez in Almeria, Spain, The Vermont Studio Center, and The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. Exhibitions include The Aldrich Museum, Real Art Ways, Hampden Gallery at UMass Amherst, Frederieke Taylor Gallery and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, NY. Her oral history interview with Elaine Reichek was published by the Smithsonian Institute’s Archives of American Art in 2009. She is co-founder of COHORT artist’s collective, faculty in the Art Practice MFA Program at SVA and Lecturer in New Media at Purchase College, SUNY. Sarah lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
My studio was open as part of Bushwick Open Studios.
My studio was included in Hyperallergic's Concise Guide to Bushwick Open Studios.
Some of my collages were featured in the 3rd Edition of Kind Aesthetic Quarterly: Trek.
Read my posting about #imaginaryspaces on the KindAesthetic Blog.
"After Image" at Art House Gallery in Jersey City opens Saturday, April 5th, 3-6pm.
Momenta Art's Spring Benefit preview opens tomorrow, Friday, April 4th, 6-8pm. Benefit Auction and Party: Thursday April 23, 6-8.
Lo Sublimo will be screened along with works by several artists for the closing of Laura F. Gibellini's "Notes on a Working Space" at El Museo de Los Sures in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on April 12th, 5-8pm.
Read Allison Hewitt Ward's write up on the SVA Art Practice blog about my talk at Delve in 2014.
I curated and participated in OFFLINE at Radiator Gallery on view February 7th - March 16th, 2014.
*I participated in a group show in September, 2012 titled Anywhere But Here at the Pelham Art Center in Pelham, NY. I gave an artist talk at the Pelham Art Center on Thursday, October 25th. You can find directions here.
*I had two pieces in Many Conversations at Present Company, 101 N13th St. in Brooklyn. Opening: Fri. 6/15 6pm-12am
*Lo Sublimo, was on display at Jumelle during Williamsburg Walks on Saturday June 16th, 2-8pm, Bedford Ave, N8th-N9th St.
*I participated in Open Studios on Sunday, June 17th from 12pm-6pm.
*The Fool's Journey, curated by Curious Matter at Proteus Gowanus was on view through July 1, 2012. Curious Matter published a catalogue for The Fool's Journey that you can preview and purchase on Lulu.com.
*I am happy to have a piece included in Peering In, an online show curated by Topaz Arts in Ridgewood.
*My collaborative project "Mapping Utopia" will be shown at the University of Indiana at Bloomington from October 14th-23rd.
*I also participated in three group shows this summer affiliated with the NOS:
*The Myth and the Mountain
featuring members of COHORT
143 Richardson St. Brooklyn, NY 11222, June 18th - 19th, 12-6pm, June 20th - 21st by appointment only.
Opening party: Friday, June 17th, 7-10pm Please come! It will be a great party!!
*The Launch Party for NOS! Mountain Glory will be on view at The End, 13 Greenpoint Ave in Brooklyn, June 19 - 24, 2011, 2-6pm. Opening party: Saturday, June 18th, 6-11pm. It looks like this will be a really fun event!
* Cutters at The Parlour, 72 Greenpoint Avenue, June 18th - July 16th, 2011.
Opening party: Saturday, June 18th, 8-10pm.
*I participated in Momenta Art's Spring Benefit Raffle and Silent Auction. I donated this drawing. Preview all of the work at Momenta, May 13 - 28 Thursday through Sunday, 12-6pm.
*Artwork and poems generated through my collaborative effort From Dexter to Sinister were included in a group show titled The Interconnected World at the Hampden Gallery at UMASS Amherst, March 31st - April18th.
*Two new pieces were commisionsed by Art Connects New York for their Inaugural Benefit and Auction on Wednesday, April 6th.
*Click to view photos from a workshop at Mercy First in Brooklyn.
*My collaborative initiative From Dexter to Sinister was be included in Here, There and Everywhere, an exhibition that is part of the 2011 Transcultural Exchange Conference held in Boston, April 8-10.
*I was an artist in residence at Joya, an artists' residency based at Cortijada Los Gázquez, in the 'Parque Natural Sierra María-Los Vélez' in Eastern Andalucía, Spain during the month of December, 2010.
*Some of my crests were featured in The Last Supper Festival on Saturday September 18th, at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn.
*Visionary Sanctuary, a project curated by Alison Beth Levy for Art Connects New York, opened July 7th from 6-8pm at Mercy First and is now on view.
*I had two pieces in Future Tense: Landscape in Transition, curated by Dede Young at Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, on view through May 30, 2010. View the press release here.
* My work was featured on the Shine Hamptons website this month. Follow the shinestudio link in the menu to the virtual gallery and take a look!
*Derived, Borrowed, and Stolen at Broadway Gallery
October 1-15, 2009, Opening reception, Thursday October 1st 6-8pm
Curated by Basak Malone and Sara Wight, featuring Sarah G. Sharp, Katie St Claire, Parsley Steinweiss, Sara Wight and Jordan Tate
* I am participating in the BCAT/BRIC Rotunda Gallery Video Program 2009–2010
* Several of my drawings were featured in the viewing room, in Content and Discontent, curated by Dede Young at the Frederieke Taylor gallery in March.
* I was awarded a Library Research grant from the Getty Research Institute. In March 2008 I traveled to LA to conduct research and view the Marcia Tucker papers.
* Images of my work were selected for Real Art Ways annual Slide Slam and will be shown during the Creative Cocktail hour on Thursday March 20, 2008 from 6-8pm.
* My solo show at the Richard and Dolly Maass gallery Power Stations opened the week of April 12th.
The Fool's Journey, Catalogue, Curious Matter.
Here, There, and Everywhere: Anticipating the Art of The Future, Catalogue, Transcultural Exchange.
Robin Marie Wilcox, "Mountain Glory," May 22.
David Appleton, "It's Art But Is It Heraldry?" Heraldry: Musings on An Esoteric Topic, February 11.
Linda Yablonsky, "Hotel Rooms Become Overnight Stars," The New York Times, July 8, Arts Section.
Adrian Brunesci, "Behind Closed Doors," Hartford Courant, July 22, Arts Section.
Denise Markonish, "45 Check-Ins," 50,000 Beds, Catalogue, Aldrich Museum.
"Apiary Art," The New York Times, December 11, Arts Section, Westchester Edition.
"Grad Student Art Show at Purchase," The Greenwich Times, December 9, Arts Section.
"New Visions: Introductions 2002," A Work in Progress, July.