SPOTLIGHT: Sarah Kabot
September 16 – October 29, 2016
New works by Cleveland Institute of Art faculty Sarah Kabot take over the Spotlight gallery space this fall, with a public reception on Friday, September 16 from 6 to 9 p.m.
For the year 2015, Sarah Kabot collected all of the front-page sections from the Sunday edition of the New York Times. The events photographically documented in those pages reached a level of consequence deemed significant enough to be reported in a global newspaper of record. Despite this magnitude, less than one year later in some cases, most of the events depicted have since slipped out of the headlines and out of collective memory, overtaken by whatever events are seen as today’s dramatic news.
In her series, NYT 2015, Kabot collages together photographs of people printed in a single edition from that year, creating compositions that can look like ink stains, scribbles or Rorschach blots. The delicate cutouts encourage viewers to get up close to the artwork. Can this careful looking jog a viewer’s memory? What were these moments in the recent past that were so easy to forget? Will the monumental events of today prove just as fleeting? The spotlight exhibition will be on view through Saturday, October 29.
About Sarah Kabot
Sarah’s work has shown nationally and abroad. She has received honors including residencies at the Headlands Center for Art (CA), Dieu Donne Papermill (NY), a Swing Space residency through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (NY) and UCross (WY). Grants and prizes include the 10th semi-annual Dave Bown Prize, Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards in 2015 and 2010, and a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship. In 2013, Sarah completed two large public art commissions in Ohio. Her work is in the public collections of the West Collection, the Cleveland Clinic, and Progressive Insurance. Additionally, her work has appeared in Sculpture Magazine, the New York Times online, and the Village Voice.
Sarah received her BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design in 1998, and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2002. She is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Drawing Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio.