Hammer Projects: Sara VanDerBeek

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Hammer Projects: Sara VanDerBeek

Time: November 8, 2011 to January 8, 2012
Location: The Hammer Museum
Street: 10899 Wilshire Blvd
City/Town: Westwood
Website or Map: http://hammer.ucla.edu/visit/…
Phone: 310-443-7000
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: The Hammer Musuem
Latest Activity: Nov 8, 2011

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For the past several years, Sara VanDerBeek has explored the relationship between photographic imagery and sculptural forms. Working with a large archive of historical and personal images, she builds photographic assemblages in her studio and captures them in singular images. Recently, she has been shooting photos in American cities that carry particular personal, historical, or political meaning for her, including Detroit and Baltimore. Invited by the Hammer to participate in our Artist Residency Program, VanDerBeek spent several weeks in Los Angeles over the past year. The works included in her Hammer Project have grown out this residency and offer a particular view into our city. In the past, VanDerBeek’s sculptures have been built in order to be photographed, and for the first time, she will be presenting sculptures in the gallery alongside her photographs. Additionally, she has designed an installation within which the works will be presented—part stage-set, part studio, part imagined space. Resisting the iconic or spectacular, the works in the exhibition distill VanDerBeek’s experiences of Los Angeles and operate in the boundary between abstraction and representation. While touching upon various locations and attributes that define our city—from the diverse landscape to the region’s indigenous people, from Hollywood to community theater—the sculptures and photographs are primarily concerned with movement, materialty, and mark-making.

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