Wk 12 – Artist Conversation

Artist: Sage Garver
Exhibition: BIO
Media: Mixed Media, Sculpture
Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

Garver is a current undergrad attending CSULB. She is in the Sculpture BFA program has enjoyed doing art ever since she was a kid. She didn’t fully pursue her art career until she transferred here from community college. She has travelled to many places in the past and plans to move to Hawaii after she graduates to further work on her art. The whole process creating her exhibit took a month including making the pieces and putting them up. Garver also loves swimming, hiking and cooking and commutes to school.

Formal Analysis

Garvers exhibit features numerous shapes attached to the walls. These pieces are made of polyurethane foam and plastered on, protruding the walls. There are many circular donut shaped pieces. In the middle of the exhibit there is a gold chain attached to wires that are surrounded and melted with iridescent film creating a beautiful and unique object.

Content Analysis

This exhibit is supposed to represent the illnesses that Garver experienced throughout life. They vary from the types of food she has eaten to everyday activities. She wants to express her frustration with losing the power to control her body due to these physical problems. The surface of the walls are used to represent the interior of the body, having problems and illnesses “protrude” from the clear walls. You can see it almost as a mutation. The middle object represents the outside of the body, gold and beautiful, but nobody truly knows what lies within.

Synthesis / My Experience

I think this exhibit was unique, I didn’t think someone could come up with the idea of altering the foundation of the gallery itself and it looked to me like it took a lot of time. The most interesting part for me was the iridescent wires that stood out aside from everything else. It was amazing to see how the iridescent film conformed to the twisted wires creating an entirely new shape. I also really love the whole idea and how it was delivered.




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