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SARAH BRAMAN Mother 2018

SARAH BRAMAN
Mother
2018
Found chair, maple wood, cast aluminum, acrylic and spray paint and wood stain
59 by 25 by 14 in.  149.9 by 63.5 by 35.6 cm.

Press Release

Mitchell-Innes & Nash is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Sarah Braman at the gallery’s Madison Avenue location on the Upper East Side. Titled Growth, this will be the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery and will feature a new selection of aluminum sculptures alongside the wood and colored glass pieces for which she is known.

Sarah Braman’s sculptures bring traditionally minimalist forms like the glass cube back to the realm of lived experience. Indeed, the artist’s engagement with formalist investigations in her work is always tied to the quotidian details of domestic life­. Braman has described the process of arranging the various elements in her sculptures as akin to the activities involved in arranging a home. There is an inherent lyricism in the way she assembles the compositions, not unlike lyrics to a song, or a table set for lunch.

However, the artist’s use and recontextualization of these everyday articles are not meant to form the timeless space of objecthood, a theater that expands the distance between the stage and its viewers. Rather, Braman’s works show that experience, both aesthetic and lived, exists in our time and at close range. The various components that make up her sculptures have histories that link the viewer to living and to an encounter that is visceral, as opposed to cerebral.

This exhibition is, in this way, an expansion of the artist’s last show at the gallery in 2016, wherein monumental sculptures provided intimate spaces that could either be entered or engaged with. In Growth, Braman returns to a smaller scale with tabletop and floor sculptures while further developing the sense of refuge and discovery furnished by her larger works.