MacArthur genius, Sarah Sze, is an installation artist of the first order.
MacArthur genius, Sarah Sze, is an installation artist of the first order. Her latest show, “Infinite Line,” which was on view at the Asia Society last year through March of this year was in Sze’s words, about the depiction of gravity.
Trained originally as a painter, Sze earned a degree in architecture from Yale. She went on to finish an MFA at the School of Visual Arts then burst onto the art world. Sze has had a steady productive decade + of award-winning-museum-showing-art. A feat very few can boast of. In the universe of art stars Sze is pretty much a supernova.
Sze’s work has been about the use of common objects as instruments to define space. Unlike her historic predecessors (think DuChamp and Calder) she uses found/manufactured objects in multiples. “Infinite Line” is comprised of both two dimensional drawings as wells as sculptural found objects. Like equations scribbled on a physicists chalk board her drawings are detailed maps of space that then come to life through the installation. A metro card, duck tape, paper clips and string transcend their ordinary utility as they weave across the museum’s floors, walls and ceilings.
Sze likes the idea of disorientation, but her methodical placement of objects and the threading between them seems anything but. There is a precises order to her chaos.