Sara Cwynar

Canadian, b. 1985

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Sara Cwynar

Canadian, b. 1985

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Sara Cwynar is inspired by the aesthetics of antiquated studio photography and the unnatural cleanliness of contemporary commercial imagery. Her practice exists at the juncture of old and new, analog and digital, nostalgia and futurism. Cwynar creates assemblages from found objects and pictures; she then photographs the assemblages and reproduces the images as c-prints. In her own words, she takes these found elements “out of the shared image world and into a space for personal, often very obsessive intervention.” Although Photoshop plays a role in the final work, nearly every stage of Cwynar’s process takes place in pre-production. The artist’s still-life images are highly manipulated while maintaining references to reality, foregrounding the artist’s interest in photography’s power to deceive.

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Biography

Sara Cwynar is inspired by the aesthetics of antiquated studio photography and the unnatural cleanliness of contemporary commercial imagery. Her practice exists at the juncture of old and new, analog and digital, nostalgia and futurism. Cwynar creates assemblages from found objects and pictures; she then photographs the assemblages and reproduces the images as c-prints. In her own words, she takes these found elements “out of the shared image world and into a space for personal, often very obsessive intervention.” Although Photoshop plays a role in the final work, nearly every stage of Cwynar’s process takes place in pre-production. The artist’s still-life images are highly manipulated while maintaining references to reality, foregrounding the artist’s interest in photography’s power to deceive.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Top emerging
Emerging representation
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Museum fur Moderne Kunst (MMK)
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Greater New York
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