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Pierogi is pleased to present an exhibition of recent painti ngs on panel and paper by Sarah Walker. Walker continues to develop visuall y as well as physically rich surfaces. In these works there is a distinct a nd new focus where she explores a centralized composition and from this pot ential narratives emerge. Planet X references a mythical planet predicted t o impact and possibly destroy Earth on 12-12-12. When that date came and we nt uneventfully\, explanations and new dates for its eventual arrival were devised. It also refers to the theory\, developed by Percival Lowell and he ld from the mid 19th- to the early 20th-centuries\, that an unknown planet\ , referred to as “Planet X\,” might exist as an explanation for discrepanci es in the orbits of several outer planets in our solar system. It was event ually agreed that such a planet did not exist however\, even among some ast ronomers\, “Planet X” has become a common term for any undiscovered planet in the outer solar system.

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Walker’s metaphor is very cogent. Even t hough there is a whimsical nature to the title these works can pull you in with their intricate geometries and dissolving perspectival systems that Wa lker is so good at creating. There is a real sense of discovery that compel s the viewer to keep looking.

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The paper works\, called Near Earth O bjects\, isolate a central nebulous form\; part portrait\, part portal\, pa rt unknown object emerging from a white halo-like field. These “objects” ap pear to be surrounded by their own atmosphere. The works are installed so t hat they resemble a swarm of meteors\, or a portrait gallery\, or a collect ion of images from field research\, as it were\, like the notebook of a 19t h century botanist\, or the image capture of a 21st century astro-physicist .

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Walker’s work still reflects “the chaotic and multi-dimensional r eality of existing simultaneously in the data overload of the real and the virtual worlds. Where the so-called real and the virtual have merged and th e two realms are no longer distinguishable.” Lowell’s theory proved incorre ct but perhaps Walker can lead us further with her paintings of maximal den sity\, into multiple conjoined spaces that are material as well as virtual and dematerialized. Her metaphors of outerspace turn in on themselves to de scribe our inner space and its structures.

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“While all the work wind s through the metaphor of space objects we discover ‘out there’ that fascin ate with their mystery or hurl towards us with menace\, the Meteor is my sp ringboard for thinking about how we encounter ourselves as objects in a wor ld of multiplicity and virtuality informed by physics\, psychology and tech nology\, where the outlines of self blur and assume other forms potentially as fabulous as they are fearsome.” (Walker\, 2013)

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This will be Wa lker’s fourth one-person exhibition at Pierogi. Her work has been included in numerous museum and gallery exhibitions and is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NYC)\, the Milwaukee Art Museum\, the Decordova Museum\, the Neuberger Museum\, and the Rappaport Foundation . She is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Prize and the Rappaport Prize.

DTEND:20130421 DTSTAMP:20140917T084521 DTSTART:20130322 GEO:40.7185463;-73.9558733 LOCATION:Pierogi\,177 North 9th Street \nBrooklyn\, NY 11211 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Planet X by Sarah Walker at Pierogi\, Sarah Walker UID:266903 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130322T210000 DTSTAMP:20140917T084521 DTSTART:20130322T190000 GEO:40.7185463;-73.9558733 LOCATION:Pierogi\,177 North 9th Street \nBrooklyn\, NY 11211 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Planet X by Sarah Walker at Pierogi\, Sarah Walker UID:266904 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR