THE SPACE BETWEEN US
CARBON 12 GALLERY
November 21st- 5 JANUARY 2021
In scarce moments of contemplative silence, we find no short-lived consolation, only sobering reality. There is no refuge from the roaring cacophony of the human experience, no mitigation of our conflicted circumstances, no momentary stillness within the chaos. From underneath the blinding glare of a bright light, New York based artist Sara Rahbar (b.1976, Iran) elucidates numerous contemporary issues within our society as we witness an immense buildup of frustration, a bubbling anger - a relentlessly growing hunger for change and revolution in these continuously evolving times of political, social, economical and environmental upheaval.
Sara Rahbar’s exhibition, titled The Space Between Us, presents an uncanny mirror of mankind’s past and present, and likely future. Through the establishment of direct parallels between the world of then and now, Rahbar encircles the larger context of sociopolitical conflicts that are deeply embedded within both the crux of her art, and in integral history. In her strict formalisation of emotions of fear, pain and violence, the works delineate an underlying, intimate study of the complex human condition.
From fleeting, forlorn glimpses of human emotion, to harsh dissections of human anatomy, to the severity of marred bronze limbs, a human element pervades Sara Rahbar’s overarching body of work. Derived from the coarse language of her sculptural works, Rahbar’s new collage series, Animals, is translated to an intuitive layering of imagery; heavily poured onto and layered with various inks and oils. The paper works portray raw, unembellished themes of military strife and warfare, and reiterated evocations of the iconographic star spangled banner are enmeshed into the saturated fabric of their narrative, touching contradictory concepts of patriotism and belonging.
Away from the unrest portrayed within the repressed assemblages, the sculptural works tread a terse material discourse between the fragility of old wood, and the unforgiving coldness of bronze. Despite the human element that is perpetually manifested within throughout Rahbar’s visual parlance, there is a discernible estrangement in their contrasting forms of media, from the sculptural works to the collages. Through this tactile juxtaposition of vastly differing elements, the works deconstruct intense emotions of discomfort and tension, and are conclusively emblematic of today.
As the discord fades to static sound in the distance, we are left alone in the vast expanse that divides and separates, in between the jagged, crudely drawn lines that part communities and nations. Irregardless of the suffocating distance that exists between us, we stand far apart - and despite being connected to one another, we act separately, without harmony. With head and heart continually misaligned, we retrace our footsteps down the same convoluted, circular path, back to the beginning once more.
Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond
Tang Teaching Museum, Wachenheim Gallery
Saratoga Springs, New York
Sep 17, 2020 - Jun 6, 2021
Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond takes the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment as the occasion for reflection and exploration of the issues and challenges women in the United States have faced, and continue to face, in politics and society. What has been accomplished in the last 100 years, and what has yet to be accomplished? The exhibition will serve as a campus and community hub for action and activism before and after the 2020 presidential election.
Installed in the gallery will be 100 works by 100 women and non-binary artists. In the center of the gallery will be a symbolic representation of the Wesleyan Chapel—site of the first suffrage meeting in 1848 in Seneca Falls, NY. The exhibition is intended as a space for debate, discussion, and dialogue: between visitors, between artists, and between the artists and the original suffragists, in a conversation across time that both critiques and expands on the suffragists’ initial accomplishments and shortcomings. With a diverse group of women and non-binary artists working in photography, painting, printmaking, collage, textile, and sculpture, the exhibition manifests a multiplicity of women’s experiences, views, and modes of expression.
Never Done and its related programming will look at institutional structures that create power hierarchies impacting women across all aspects of society, including media bias, access to funds, and backlash against women seeking power. The exhibition will also consider the role of race and economics in shaping women’s participation in politics—for example, the relative disenfranchisement of women of color and low-income women far beyond the 19th Amendment.
Gina Adams, Laura Aguilar, Diana Al-Hadid, Laylah Ali, Diane Arbus, Firelei Báez, Rina Banerjee, Endia Beal, Tanyth Berkeley, Huma Bhabha, Suzanne Bocanegra, Katherine Bradford, Diane Burko, Andrea Carlson, Syd Carpenter, Jordan Casteel, Judy Chicago, Sonya Clark, Renee Cox, Jess T. Dugan, Chioma Ebinama, Jane Fine, Natalie Frank, Chitra Ganesh, Anna Gaskell, Vanessa German, Nan Goldin, Nancy Grossman, Kathy Grove, Guerrilla Girls, Martine Gutierrez, Daesha Devón Harris, Sheree Hovsepian, Juliana Huxtable, Hayv Kahraman, Corita Kent, Lisa Kereszi, Harriet Korman, Deana Lawson, Ellen Lesperance, Malerie Marder, Marlene McCarty, Julie Mehretu, Ana Mendieta, Joan Mitchell, Carrie Moyer, Lillian Mulero, Wangechi Mutu, Laurel Nakadate, Sophia Narrett, Dona Nelson, Gina Occhiogrosso, Alice O’Malley , Robyn O'Neil, Catherine Opie, Roberta Paul, Rachel Perry, Howardena Pindell, Sara Rahbar, Wendy Red Star, Mary Reid Kelley, Erin Riley, Faith Ringgold, Deborah Roberts, Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, Martha Rosler, Erika Rothenberg, Tschabalala Self, Joan Semmel, Beverly Semmes, Mindy Shapero, Cindy Sherman, Shahzia Sikander, Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, Amy Sillman, Laurie Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Kiki Smith, Shinique Smith, Jenny Snider, Joan Snyder, Nancy Spero, Kathia St. Hilaire, Stephanie Syjuco, Sarah Sze, Barbara Takenaga, Lenore Tawney, Mickalene Thomas, Mildred Thompson, Tiny Pricks Project, Sara VanDerBeek, Anna Von Mertens, Kara Walker, Marie Watt, Carrie Mae Weems, Millie Wilson, Paula Wilson, Saya Woolfalk, Dyke Action Machine!