Lift

by Sarah McKenzie

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Artist Statement

My recent paintings focus on houses and commercial structures captured in a state of partial construction. These works explore the building process and, in them, find a metaphor for the activity of painting. My intention is to draw a connection between the construction of a building out of raw materials (lumber, steel and concrete) and the construction of a picture out of raw materials (paint, canvas, wood). I made this painting, Lift, because I am fascinated by construction cranes. They are ubiquitous in the Denver metropolitan area, even during this period of economic strain. In their geometry and complexity, cranes resemble the internal structure of the very architecture that they are helping to assemble. Even though a number of tragic crane accidents have been in the news over the past year, I still see cranes as fundamentally hopeful. This painting is about defying gravity, both literally and figuratively.

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+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Directly supports the artist
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

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Edition Structure:
10"x8" | edition of 100
14"x11" | edition of 250
20"x16" | edition of 20
36"x24" | edition of 10

Sarah McKenzie

Sarah McKenzie lives and works in Boulder, Colorado. The daughter of a land use planner, McKenzie makes paintings about the shifting nature of our built environment.  Her work captures architecture in transition, whether under construction or in a state of decline and decay. McKenzie’s work has been exhibited at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Yale School of Architecture, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, and the Aspen Art Museum, among other venues. Her paintings have been featured in Art in America, the New York... Read More
Times, the Denver Post, the Huffington Post, Dwell Magazine, and New American Paintings. In 2006, McKenzie was the First-Place Purchase Award recipient for the National Young Painters Competition, hosted by Miami University of Ohio. In 2012, she received a Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant.  She is currently represented in New York by Jen Bekman Gallery.
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