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March 7–10, 2019 Piers 92 & 94

Sarah Cain

two day painting

2018
Location: Entry of Pier 94 Back to Platform Exhibitors

Curator's Statement

Cain tackles sites to “embrace the ephemeral” and “act in the present tense.” Inspired by Pier 94’s entryway as a portal, two day painting accrued as her instincts for immediacy, improvisation, cuts, colors, surface and detail morphed into a composition for the here and now. Her strokes on layered canvases and architecture assert that painting can be an unfolding zone of activity.

About the Artist

Cain (b. 1979 in Albany, NY) moves beyond the traditional notion of painting within the frame by exploring abstraction and spatial interventions in a wide range of media and found materials. Leading a way into new territories of abstraction, Cain moves fluidly between works on site and her object-based studio practice. Though the diversity of her materials makes each work unique, Cain’s practice is unified through her meditative, of-the-moment, and personal approach to transforming the individual experience into a universal poetry.

Over the past year Cain’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Aspen Art Museum at the Elk Camp on Snowmass Mountain, Colorado and at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California. Other recent solo shows have been presented at the Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, North Carolina, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California. Her work is included in multiple museum and public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin; Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, New York; The FLAG Art Foundation, New York; North Carolina Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California; The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, Ohio; and the San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas. In 2019, Cain will install a large-scale permanent glass wall commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission at the San Francisco International Airport.