Analia Saban, ‘Broken Vase No. 3’, 2016, Gemini G.E.L.
Analia Saban, ‘Broken Vase No. 3’, 2016, Gemini G.E.L.
Analia Saban, ‘Broken Vase No. 3’, 2016, Gemini G.E.L.

The Broken Vase series was spurred both by Saban’s time as an Artist in Residence at the Getty Research Institute as well as her captivation with the machinery used to make prints at Gemini G.E.L. For this project, each impression is made by filling one of five different stencils, made in the shape of Greek urns, with a clear acrylic medium applied directly onto paper. The medium is allowed to partially dry, and the entire sheet is then inserted into a hydraulic press originally designed for blind embossing. Inside the press, under the vertical pressure, the paper is crushed against the thick outline of the vase, producing varying forms of cracks, bubbles, and buckling. The resulting sculptural effect is entirely unpredictable and therefore vastly different from impression to impression.

Series: Broken Vases

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil on front bottom by the artist

Image rights: Broken Vase No. 5 © 2016, Analia Saban and Gemini G.E.L. LLC

Publisher: Gemini G.E.L.

"Analia Saban is Broken" at Gemini G.E.L., October 22 - December 22, 2016

About Analia Saban

Analia Saban’s sculptural paintings are the result of the artist’s interest in dissecting both the painting process and her works themselves. Saban describes her own method of working as both artistic and scientific—an approach that was inspired by her former instructor John Baldessari. She is best known for using laser cutters, silicone molds and acrylic, and erosive techniques. In her early works, Saban reduced the works of Modernists like Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miró, and Henri Matisse into individual swatches of color, which she then cut out, copied, and rearranged. Since then, her painting practice has also included unraveling painted canvases and wrapping the threads into a single ball; shrink-wrapping oil-on-canvas works such that the paint moved beneath the plastic; and using photographic emulsion as a device for applying marks to painted surfaces.

Argentinian-American, b. 1980, based in Los Angeles, California