Sara Garden Armstrong - Statement, CV & Contact

44-18 Purvis Street
New York, NY 11101 718-391-0011

General Artist Statement:

The ideas I've been exploring have found expression in many forms. They communicate through sound, movement, time and light. All the work in one way or another is involved with the landscape of the life cycle - beginnings, decay and regeneration. Using industrial materials and technology, I draw analogies to the respiratory, nervous and circulatory systems; the skin, the brain, vision and perception - exploring our changing relationship to our physical selves and our environment. Inspired by the organic world of the material body, my work seeks to mirror interior systems with the exterior self. The work is concerned with the processes and structures of these "organic interiors" and with boundaries - the intersection of opposite and the contrast which create the dynamics of dialects.

The work expresses itself in a number of directions: sculptural installations, individual sculptural pieces, drawings and bookworks, such as the Airplayers series, which emerged from larger installation pieces but now has its own life cycles and generates its own separate installations.

Paper as a source material has played a fundamental role in my work. The organic nature of paper and its unlimited reservoir of transformations continues to inform my work. My use of paper depends on the project. In a current drawing series, I am adding a thin layer of sprayed pulp to the drawing paper, which gives an added skin texture to work on with pastels, charcoal and graphite. A book project now in progress involves very thin layers of pulp on vinyl over layers of photos of sculptural details on acetate, which creates deep yet translucent interior spaces as the viewer turns the pages.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

1997 Dieu Donné Gallery, New York, NY
1991 Airplayer XIII, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, NY
1990 Airplayer XII, Souyun Yi Gallery, New York, NY
1988 Airplayer X, Souyun Yi Gallery, New York, NY
1988 Airplayer IX, Great Jones Space, New York, NY
1987 Maralyn Wilson Gallery, Birmingham, AL
1986 John Davis Gallery, Akron, OH
1985 Maralyn Wilson Gallery, Birmingham, AL
1985 John Davis Gallery, Akron, OH
1984 Condeso/Lawler Gallery, New York, NY
1981 Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
1980 Huntsville Art Gallery, University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL
1980 The Art Gallery, Georgia Southern College, Statesboro, GA
1979 The Gallery, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL
1977 UAB Visual Arts Gallery, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
1977 Memorial Theatre, Louisville, KY
1977 American Institute of Architects, Southeastern Convention, Birmingham, AL

Selected Group Exhibitons:

1996 Paper In Disguise, Dieu Donne Gallery, New York, NY
1996 Light & Sound, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA
1995 The Book and Beyond, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
1995 Art and Technology, Staller Center for the Arts, SUNY Stony Brook, NY
1995 Forces, Richard Humphrey Gallery, New York, NY & travelling to Tower City, Cleveland, OH and The Reading Museum, Reading, PA
1995 Art for the End of the Century: Art & Technology, The Reading Museum, Reading,PA
1994 Medical Re-Visions, PS 122 Gallery, New York, NY & Delta Axis, Memphis, TN
1994 Multiple World, Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1994 Photographic Book Art in the United States, Traveling exhibition (including The Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL, The Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA and The Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA)
1993 Books as Objects, Galerie Henn, Maastricht, Belgium
1993 The Pull of Kinetics II, New York Hall of Science, New York, NY
1993 Women's Art, Women's Lives, Women's Issues, Tweed Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Paper - The Essential Material: Selected Book Projects at Dieu Donné Mill, Harper Collins Publishers, New York,NY & Pyramid-Atlantic, Riverdale, MD
1992 Istvan Kiraly Museum, Szekasfechevar, Hungary
1992 Feszek Club Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
1992 At the Intersection of Cinema & Books, Granary Books Gallery, New York, NY
1992 American Art Since
1992, CB's 313 Gallery, New York, NY
1991 Books as Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida
1990 Multiples, Nexus and Chastain Galleries, Atlanta, GA
1990 Four/Site, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1988 John Davis Gallery, New York, NY
1988 Silvermine Gallery, Stamford, CT
1987 NYC-AL:Post Alabama Contemporary Artists, Visual Arts Gallery, Auburn University, Birmingham, AL
1986 Off the Wall, Kamikaze, New York, NY
1986 Phenix City Art Gallery, New York, NY
1985 Paper as Paint, Artisan Space, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
1984 Four Installations, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York, NY
1984 July on Greene Street, Condeso/Lawler, New York, NY
1984 Material and Metaphor, Ben Shahn Gallery, William Patterson College, Wayne, NJ
1983 Gallery Artist, Condeso/Lawler, New York, NY
1982 Sound Corridor, P.S.1, The Institute for Arts and Urban Resources, Long Island City, New York
1982 Exhibition Prints Today/Holland-USA (Toured the Netherlands during 1982)
1982 Sound and Environment, Milan, Italy
1982 Comparisons and Contrasts1980-82 (Toured the Soviet Union during 1982)
1982 Condeso/Lawler, New York, NY
1982 The Cutting Edge, Spirit Square Arts Center, Charlotte, NC

Collections and Commissions:

Museum of Modern Art, New York
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris
Eidgenossiche Technische Hochschule Graphische Sammlung (ETH), Zurich
Istvan Kiraly Muzeum, Budapest
Landscape Dialogue, (installed in atrium space), Peat Marwick, Radnor, PA
Ribbed Marking, (installed in three-story atrium space), Prudential Corporation, Willow Oaks Corporate Center, Fairfax, VA
Airplayer VII, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Rhythmic Marking, (four-story atrium space), Perimeter Park South, Birmingham Realty Corporation, Birmingham, AL
Time, Inc., New York
Battle, Fowler, Jaffin and Kheel, New York
Bell Communications, Inc. New York
General Electric Company, Fairfield, Connecticut I
BM, Inc. New York
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AlL
The Gannett Company, Rosslyn, VA

Selected Bibliography:

Braff, Phyllis, "Art & Technology", New York Times, Oct. 22,1995
Bliss, Anna Campbell, "Explorers", LEONARDO. Fall, 1995
Popper, Frank, Art of the Electronic Age, Harry N. Abrams, 1993
Konno, Kumi, Commerical Photo (Japan), April 1993
Kostelanetz, Richard, Dictionary of the Avant Garde, 1993
Jemison, Marie Stokes, Birmingham, June 1993
Armstrong, Sara and Ross, Robert, LEONARDO, January 1992
Nam, Hee-Yung, Design + Crafts (Korea), September 1991
Lieberman, Laura C., Afterimage, December 1990
Hoffberg, Judith, High Performance, Summer 1990

Levin, Kim, The Village Voice, May 8, 1990 Reid, Calvin, Art and Auction, May 1990
Princenthal, Nancy, Print Collector's Newsletter, May/June 1990
McCormick, Carlo, AIRPLAYERS, Willis, Locker & Owens, June 1990
Crohn, Jennifer, The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 23, 1990
Levin, Kim, The Village Voice, December 1988
Scholz, Carter, Music Technology, September 1988
Liberman, Laura C., Southern Accent, May/June 1985
Chambers, Karen S., Craft International, April/May 1985
Friedman, Kenneth S. and Trechsel, Gail Andrews, Given: A Space, Sara Garden Armstrong, Birmingham Museum of Art, 1981
Rindge, Deborah, Art Papers, May 1981
Robinson, Dick, Atlanta Art Papers, May/June 1980