Sarah Sze seeks tactility in a sea of digital imagery
Through immersive installations such as Second Studio (2015), Sarah Sze explored the fragmented relationship to illusionistic images by arranging paint skins, torn paper images, and other materials, focusing attention on each object’s materiality.
“We have so much illusion, but we don’t have touch, and we don’t have taste, and we don’t have smell,” said the artist. “We don’t have that intimacy with images.”
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Artists who encourage viewers to navigate space
Challenging his students’ perceptions of three-dimensional art, Art21 Educators alumnus Dennis Greenwell collected a playlist of Art21 films demonstrating how artists embrace the challenge of working in real space.
“David Altmejd’s thoughtful artwork pushes boundaries for students,” says Greenwell, “freeing them from mundane or traditional concepts of sculpture, which can set them on a creative inquiring journey.”
Making the festival rounds
Throughout the year, every year, Art21 films make the leap to the big screen, showing at festivals around the U.S. and beyond. Halfway through 2021, we’re proud to say that we’ve been accepted into 13 film festivals so far—12 of which are first-time appearances for us.
Festival highlights include:
Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
CineFestival (San Antonio, Texas)
Screening “Firelei Báez: An Open Horizon (or) the Stillness of a Wound”
Directed and edited by Souki Mehdaoui
San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (San Francisco, California)
Screening “Bryan Zanisnik’s Big Pivot”
Directed by Nick Ravich; Cinematography by Jarred Alterman
Oxford Film Festival (Oxford, Mississippi)
Screening “Shaun Leonardo: The Freedom to Move” Directed by Nick Ravich; Cinematography by Jarred Alterman
Outfest Fusion (Los Angeles, California)
Screening “The Incredulity of Jacolby Satterwhite”
Directed and edited by Lorena Alvarado
In other news, our New York Close Up series earned Honoree status in the “Documentary (Video Series & Channels)” category at the 2021 Webby Awards. New York Close Up 2021 film “Shaun Leonardo: The Freedom to Move” received a coveted Vimeo Staff Pick—our fourth such recognition from the Vimeo staff in the last two years.
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