Selected works by Meredyth Sparks

Meredyth Sparks
Gudrun Constructed I-V

2008

Digital scan, aluminium foil, glitter, vinyl

5 parts, each 152.4 x 106.7 cm

Meredyth Sparks enjoys exploring the zone between figuration and abstraction across a variety of subjects for which a plethora of images already exists: musical subcultures (bulimic in the idolatory-image department), the historical avant-garde and what she calls the “ever-evolving legacies of labor and gender-based issues”.

Meredyth Sparks
Untitled (Brian Jones)

2006

Plexiglas, aluminium foil, glitter, digital scan

244 x 131 cm

Like a number of her fellow artists in Out of Focus, she allows her works to step out of conventional frames and spill across floors and walls in quasi-Constructivist style, following El Lissitzky’s realization that the picture frame had become too narrow for representations of ‘the new reality’.

Meredyth Sparks
Roxy

2008

Digital print on Sintra, 27 pieces

182 x 171 x 231 cm

El Lissitzky was diametrically opposed to the absolutely non-utilitarian Suprematism of Kasimir Malevich, whose spirit returns in Sparks’ Gudrun Constructed to engage in ideological battle with Gudrun Ensslin, a founding member of the violently revolutionary Baader-Meinhof Gang. Sparks combines Malevich motifs, photographs, vinyl, aluminium foil and glitter (which I take to stand for the seductive, even hypnotic power of all photographic imagery) to create a part-digital, part-physical, five-section collage that reads almost cinematographically, but like a snippet of film, recalling collagist Paul Nash’s observation that “The more the object is studied from the point of view of its animation, the more incalculable become its variations; the more subtle becomes the problem of assembling and associating different objects in order to create that true irrational poise which is the solution of the personal equation".

Meredyth Sparks
Clash (MISSING)

2008

Digital scan, Plexiglas with aluminum foil and glitter, digital print

243.8 x 238.8 cm

Text by William A Ewing


Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional information and images – Meredyth Sparks

artists.org
Modern and contemporary artists and art – Meredyth Sparks

galeriefrankelbaz.com
Representing gallery – selected images, installation views and information on most recent shows.

elizabethdeegallery.com
Representing gallery, New York - Information on past and current exhibitions, selected images

myfdb.com
Pop Editorial Balenciaga/ Guggenheim Act 2: By Meredyth Sparks, Spring/Summer 2011

thierrygoldberg.com
Information on Meredyth Spark’s involvement in CUT at Thierry Goldberg Projects –
Meredyth Sparks' collages allude to the geometry of Kasimir Malevich and the iconography of Gerhard Richter. In her recent work Sparks utilizes the image of Annie Beatrice Henry, the second woman in the history of Louisiana to be electrocuted by the state.

artkrish.com
A review of Meredyth Sparks’ first European solo show -
Meredyth Sparks' collage pieces for her first European solo show may appear to mark a sentimental return to the rock and post-punk scenes of the '70s and '80s, but they really suggest a revisiting of failed utopias.

artnews.info
In her first solo exhibition at Galerie Frank Elbaz, We’re treating each other just like strangers., Meredyth Sparks presents an ongoing series of collages that feature popular musicians.

whitecolumns.org
Selected images and various other information including the artist's statement