Duplicates, Dummies & Dolls
Curated by Becky Nahom
February 18–March 3, 2016
Opening reception: February 18, 6:30 – 8:30
CP Projects Space
132 W 21st St, Fl 10th, New York, NY 10011
CP Projects Space is pleased to present Duplicates, Dummies & Dolls, an exhibition of sculpture by Sara Mejia Kriendler. Curated by MA Curatorial Practice Fellow Becky Nahom, a selection of Kriendler’s works is brought together from the past five years, including sculptures that have never been exhibited before. Seen in the juxtaposition of the different series of works, Kriendler’s dual narrative concerning pre- and post-consumer emerges.
Kriendler explores the relationship between humans, their exquisite modes of production, and grotesque excess. Through the practice of casting plaster from the molds of discarded Styrofoam and plastic packaging, Kriendler replicates the form and repeats the process. The repetition of like forms is evidence of the excessive times we live in and our instinct to accumulate. In some works, the emphasis on producing multiples of the same object is taken to the extreme, suggesting the perpetuation of their existence. In others, traditions of ancient relief sculpture are made contemporary in the choice of material and subject matter. Most notably seen in Birds of a Feather (2015), the five-piece series reveals an eagle from a broken pendant as the principal motif, imprinted across all five parts. Mark-making techniques of stamping and slicing create a landscape of recognizable forms to remind us of the marks we are making on our planet.
Sara Mejia Kriendler is a Colombian-American sculptor and installation artist. She studied Intellectual History at the University of Pennsylvania, trained as a sculptor at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and received her MFA in Fine Arts from SVA, where she received the Alumni Award Thesis Grant and was awarded the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award for Excellence. Her work has been exhibited in individual and group exhibitions in New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Bregenz, Austria. This year she was a fellow at A.I.R. Gallery in New York.
Image: Sara Mejia Kriendler, In Line, 2015, plaster, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist.