Sarah McKenzie ’93, “Sanctum”: Reception & Artist Talk
5 MARCH 2020 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Nationally recognized artist, Sarah McKenzie ’93 is known for paintings of the built environment, and in her most recent ongoing series White Walls, she focuses on museum and gallery interiors. These minimal “white cube” spaces of modernist design featuring stark rectangles and abstract artworks are the basis of complex geometric compositions that alternate between surface and depth, non-figurative constructions and heightened realism.
My work often appears photo-realistic when seen in reproduction, but–seen in person–the painted surface asserts itself forcefully, and the viewer is able to determine the process by which the image was made. This is important to me. I care deeply about making paintings–physical objects with which the viewer will have a direct, visceral relationship and response.
Including perfectly rendered stylistic quotations within her paintings, Sarah takes us a step back to suggest how “impersonal and sacred settings” affect the experience and the social construction of a work of art. With her third solo exhibition with David B. Smith Gallery, Sanctum, she hopes to raise issues of access and audiences, with unpopulated art spaces that “may offer a sense of sanctuary to some” and that “others may feel marginalized or shut out entirely.” Click HERE for Westword review.
A resident of Boulder, Sarah is one of the founders and guiding spirit of Tilt West, Denver’s hub for community exchange, critical dialogue, and provocative conversations on art, ideas, and culture.
Including two paintings that feature the Yale University Art Gallery, Sanctum opens Feburary 5th. On Thursday, March 5th. Come to David B. Smith Gallery, 1543 Wazee Street, Denver, for a private reception and artists talk for Colorado Yalies and guests from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The gallery is walking distance from Union Station. Please email Stephanie Grilli to let her know you plan to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org.