From October 2 – October 30, 2015, New City Arts invites you to our exhibit, “ELBOWS ON THE TABLE,” by Charlottesville artist Sarah Boyts Yoder at Welcome Gallery.
Sarah Boyts Yoder is a mixed media painter based in Charlottesville, VA. She received an MFA in painting from James Madison University in 2006. Over the last decade she has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions in South Carolina, Texas, Florida, Washington DC, Baltimore and Virginia. Sarah has twice been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2013, 2014) and in 2014 she was awarded a professional fellowship in painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Her work is in numerous private collections across the country as well as in Virginia and South Carolina corporate collections.
Putting your elbows on the table is a posture, an active invitation. It dissolves formality and engages conversation. And, it gets down to business. It’s how I approach you with the work, and how I hope you approach it too.
In every field, on paper, in paintings or within installations, the goal is to deliberately collapse the lines between abstracted unknowability and that which we can instantly recognize. Where do they cross? Like a thief breaking into a vault with an ear pressed to the door, listening intently for the right combination to slide into place, I hunt those moments down. For the maker and for the viewer, those moments of collapse, are the best parts.
The work comes with an open and off-kilter invitation to approach, to sort through and gather together all these suspended forms and shapes like so many scattered toys after a kids’ game gone wrong. Toeing that line between familiarity and strangeness is a game. It connects you and me. Do you see what I see? What do we add to each other’s experience when we see the same thing? Or, when we see it completely differently.
To see the artist's online publication of more works in the show visit Steller.
Image courtesy of the artist: Sarah Boyts Yoder, Elbows On The Table, 2015. Acrylic, oil stick, crayon on paperboard, 16″ x 18″.
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