Prologue, Part 2: An Introduction

October 29, 2020 to November 23, 2020

The University Art Gallery presents Prologue, Part 2: An Introduction, a virtual exhibition welcoming Sahar Khoury to the art department faculty at SSU this Fall.  Khoury is an artist based in Oakland, CA.  Her sculptures integrate abstraction, personal and political symbols, and an intuitive sensitivity to site.  Experimenting with juxtapositions of found or fabricated items with more familiar artist materials such as clay and papier-mâché, she continues to develop an idiosyncratic approach, with a primary commitment to material enquiry.  In 1996, she received her BA in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz, and her MFA from UC Berkeley in 2013.  She was the recipient of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 2019 biannual SECA Art Award and the 2018 Triennial Exhibition, Bay Area Now 8 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  Khoury’s work has been exhibited at SFMoMA, YBCA, Oakland Museum of California, The Wattis Institute, UC Berkeley Art Museum, Rebecca Camacho Presents, San Francisco, and CANADA, New York.  Her work has been written about in The New Yorker, Art Review, and Hyperallergic.

Khoury (b. 1970, Chicago), who identifies herself as a proud Arab/Iranian American, explores new formal possibilities in sculptures that integrate abstraction, personal and political narratives, and an intuitive response to site.  Experimenting with juxtapositions of found or fabricated objects alongside more familiar artists’ materials including clay and papier-mâche, she pursues a process of creative and environmental repair as a means of reconfiguring the excess of the world around her.

The piece shown above is featured in the current exhibition, There Will Come Soft Rains, at Candice Madey Gallery in New York, and will be on view through November 7, 2020.

Untitled (Holder of green and red stripes with belts), 2020
ceramic, Dorothy Lenehan Architectural glass test pieces, papiér-textile-mâche, resin steel, and silicone
19 x 22 ½ x 10”
Courtesy the artist and Rebecca Camacho Presents, San Francisco



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