Week 12: Artist Sage Garver

Artist: Sage Garver
Exhibition: BIO
Media: Foam, Chain, Iridescent Film
Gallery: Dennis Dutzi Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: N/A
About the Artist
Sage is currently a senior here at California State University, Long Beach. It is her last semester here and then she will graduate with a BFA in Sculpture. Sage does not plan on going to graduate school for a long time. She has lived in California her entire life, but after she graduates, she plans on moving to Hawaii. She has two sisters, one which is living in Hawaii, which is why she wants to move out there. In Hawaii, she hopes to find an art related job, which I believe will be easy for her because she seems so talented. She plans on looking for a job that specializes in sculpting. Sage says she chose to major in Sculpting because she likes working with her hands a lot and creating things with a form. A few fun facts about Sage is that she commutes to Long Beach State, and she enjoys swimming, hiking, and cooking. The swimming will come in handy once she moves to Hawaii! Her favorite thing to cook is Indian Curry. Sage said that when it comes to art, she has been into it her entire life, but it was not until she went to college that she started taking it seriously.
Formal Analysis
Sage’s artwork consisted of white foam shapes that seamlessly merged with the white walls of the gallery. There were no sharp edges to these shapes. They were all very smooth and circular. The shapes resembled bubbles and seaweed in the water. In the middle of the gallery, there were thin gold chains linked together, with a golden fork in the center. Above all of the gold chains, was a spherical structure made of gold wire wrapped in iridescent film. The iridescent film was melted onto the wires and gave a very luminous appearance. It was a nice contrast amongst the white foam walls. The white foam walls really made the gold chains and the iridescent film stand out in the gallery. The pieces all throughout this gallery

Content Analysis
This exhibit was created to represent somewhat of a biological system. Sage described the white walls of the gallery to be somewhat like the surface of a body. The molds on the walls are supposed to resemble symptoms that emerge from the body. The iridescent ball represents a mutation in the body and the chains are emerging from it. Sage’s intent with this gallery was to representation of a body with an illness. She mentioned that the process took about an entire month to create and put together. What looked like an underwater adventure was actually a biological system in representation to a body. The more biological representation of this gallery is embodied by the center iridescent film ball being the nucleus and the shapes mounted on the wall represents the other organelles within a cell.
Synthesis/My Experience
I instantly fell in love when I walked into this gallery. The first thing that caught my eyes were the foam pieces popping out of the walls. I thought that it was such an interesting concept to have the foam pieces match the color of the walls. It really made the walls seem indefinite, rather than enclosing. The foam walls gave a very minimalist look to the gallery, which I loved. The fork hanging in the center of the room with the sea like foam structures on the wall reminded me of The Little Mermaid, when Princess Ariel was combing her hair with a fork. I didn’t notice the iridescent film sphere at first, but when I saw it, I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. It had a very holographic design to it. Processed with VSCO with c9 presetProcessed with VSCO with c9 presetProcessed with VSCO with c9 preset

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