Sarah crowEST: WERKSATZ TAEUBER, 12 July – 5 August 2017

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Sarah crowEST’s latest series of paintings brim with the spectre of an encounter with what she describes as the ‘lost architecture’ of Sophie Taeuber-Arp (Swiss dancer, designer, architect and artist). A little-known set of geometric, linear abstractions made by Taeuber-Arp in the 1920s have become a touchstone for an ongoing body of work by crowEST. Taeuber-Arp’s elegant and minimal diagrammatic paintings on paper have become, today, unfathomable in their intent due to archival omission of an unsupported strand of her oeuvre. CrowEST seeks to honour Taeuber-Arp and continue the conversation by inhabiting a slender strand of her formal language to work with it in new directions. The series shown at Gallery 9 is part of a group of crowEST’s paintings currently featured in Call of the Avant Garde: Constructivism and Australian Art at Heide Museum of Modern Art alongside the only work by Taeuber-Arp held in an Australian collection.

CrowEST was a Gertrude Contemporary resident studio artist for 2013-2015. In 2013 she was awarded a PhD by University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts for her practice-led research project An Unaccountable Mass: bothersome matter and the humorous life of forms. In 2008 she was a recipient of the Anne and Gordon Samstag International Travel Scholarship and spent a year at Escola MAUMAUS independent study program in Lisbon, Portugal.

Recent solo exhibitions include Peregrination São Paulo, Oca, Parque Iberapuera, São Paulo, Brazil (2016); #straponpaintings, Heide Museum of Modern Art (2016); Running Order, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2014); The Gertrude Sequence, Gallery 9 (2015); selvedge, order, rupture, West Space, Melbourne (2014); A Serious of Objects, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide (2014); and SOFT. HARD. EASY. C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne (2014). In 2016 crowEST was curated into the TarraWarra Biennial at the TarraWarra Museum of Art, and featured in FABRIK: conceptual, minimalist and performative approaches to textiles, curated by Jane O’Neil at the Ian Potter Museum of Art.

WERKSATZ TAEUBER is crowEST’s third solo exhibition at Gallery 9.