Selected works by Sara VanDerBeek

Sara VanDerBeek
A Different Kind Of Idol

2006

Digital c-print

50.8 x 40.6 cm
Sara VanDerBeek is the first to acknowledge the influence of an artistic family: Stan VanDerBeek, her experimental, surrealist-inspired film-maker father, and Johannes VanDerBeek, her sculptor brother. All seem to share a lively curiosity, a spirit of inventiveness and idealism. So it is not surprising that VanDerBeek lists her concerns as “memory, experience, inspiration and influence”, resulting in assemblages of found images and objects which she photographs in her studio and presents in final form as framed photographic prints.
Sara VanDerBeek
Mrs. Washington’s Bedroom

2006

Digital C-print

50.8 x 61 cm
Sara VanDerBeek
The Field-Glass

2006

Digital c-print

40.6 x 50.8 cm
Sara VanDerBeek
Calder And Julia

2006

Digital c-print

50.8 x 40.6 cm
Sara VanDerBeek
Athena

2006

Digital c-print

40.6 x 50.8 cm
The assemblages themselves may include magazine pages, family snapshots, bits of fabric, string, rods, plaster casts, and so on. Calder and Brancusi make their spirits felt, while the sense of suspended animation and randomness echo the films of her father. The fragile constructions seem to be no more than momentary constellations – at any second they might blow away like leaves in the autumn wind. Neither Mrs Washington’s Bedroom nor The Field-Glass has any more solidity than a dream. Despite photography’s desperate attempt to nail them down, these will always be works in progress.
Sara VanDerBeek
The Principle Of Superimposition 2

2008

Digital c-print

164 x 113 cm
Sara VanDerBeek
Four Photographers

2008

Digital c-print

6 parts each 46 x 53 cm
Text by William A Ewing

Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional information on Sara VanDerBeek

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Sara VanDerBeek – images and information

damelioterras.com
In her first solo exhibition, Sara VanDerBeek will present a series of photographs of sculptural assemblages and two-dimensional collages. Compositions include both talismanic objects representative of a particular event or individual as well as more automatic responses to a singular moment or image.

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Press and images on Sara VanDerBeek

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Art in Review; Sara VanDerBeek - Mirror in the Sky By Roberta Smith
Whether by plan or accident, these side-by-side gallery debuts form a spirited seminar about different approaches to art-making. Subjects of debate include truth to materials, appropriation of images and other detritus, and the challenge of imbuing an artwork with meaning.