Week 12: Artist Conversation- Sage Garver

Artist: Sage Garver

Exhibition: BIO

Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Media: Polyurethane foam, Foam carver, Brass, Iridescent plastic film, Chains

About the Artist: Sage is an undergrad student from Hermosa Beach that is attending California State University, Long Beach hoping to graduate in the spring of 2017. She is planning on obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture. At the moment she is not planning on attending graduate school but says she might sometime in the future. Sage always did art just to pass time but got into art more during her high school and college years.She enjoys working with her hands and being able to create something. In college she began her major as drawing and illustration but decided that she wanted to create art that was 3-dimensional rather than something with a plain flat surface. Since she lives in Hermosa Beach, Sage likes being outdoors like hiking by the beach particularly in Palos Verdes. Her hobbies also include swimming and cooking. Her favorite food is Mangos.

Formal Analysis: When you enter the gallery you are in an all white room. The main part of the gallery would have to be the walls. Each wall had something different there were pieces that looked as if they were almost coming out of the wall. Each one was a different size and different shape. Some of the shapes were even protruding out of the wall more than others. Most the the shapes looked like circles, swirls, and pointed sponges. Right in the center was an iridescent ball hanging from chains.

Content Analysis: Most of these shapes were of cells and biological systems in the human body. Each one represents different parts of you as a person. In the center of the room that ball hanging from chains is read as the controller of the system or the nucleus of the body or cell. The reason why Sage chose white as the color of the walls and all the cells was so that it matched the gallery’s walls to make it look like it was emerging from the wall and was one entity. The chains that hung the ball represents the exterior or the interior of the body that hold everything together.

Experience: When I decided to write about Sage and her gallery it was because of the reason why she made the gallery to begin with. I thought the effort and time it took to create this gallery was beautiful and the end result was even more beautiful. My first impression was that I was under the sea with the Little Mermaid. Even though thats not what it was, it triggered memories inside of me and brought me to a happy place.

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