When visiting Sarah Tritz’s exhibition, everyone is implicitly invited to choose his or her own way. Established categories are of no use to hierarchize and organize the shapes a priori. You must survey the exhibition rather than try to read it. Then you recognize materials (metal, wood, canvas), gestures (bending, welding, cutting, binding), painted images, sculptured ones (or both at the same time), here a face, there an abstraction. These greatly heterogeneous objects and perceptions construct what is nevertheless revealed all at once: a landscape.
Here, Marcel Duchamp’s now canonical statement can be fully used: “ the viewer makes the art work”. Repeating it and playing with the conventions of art, this experiment much too often ends up being limited to an academic game in which the looker-on only identifies the rule which is proposed to him, and finds the sour note which will alert his mind at the right time. The work of Sarah Tritz demands not to leave it to a pre-established reading, it rests on a conceptual, perceptive, formal or structural base. All these dimensions are activated without a recognizable system organizing them straightaway. Each exhibition is the opportunity to reinvent the connections between the forms.
(text source: Galerie Anne Barrault)
Sarah Tritz, L'invitation, 2013, gouache on paper, hairs, 44 x 32,3cm; Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Anne Barrault
More on Sarah Tritz (b. 1980)
Sarah Tritz lives & works in Paris. She graduated from the National School of Fine Arts in Lyon in 2004. She practices sculpture in an open field, from stoneware to open-air architectural constructions. She shows drawings, collages & small scale sculptures inside her own installations thus multiplying scales, shifting points of views and suggesting narrative editings. She mixes hand-made furniture, abstract collages, clay animals with ready-made objects or bronze luminaries.
(text source: Galerie Florent Tosin)
(Image on top: Sarah Tritz, Limonade, 2013, mixed media, 223 x 106 x 85cm; Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Anne Barrault)