EXHIBITIONS    SARAH NOLAN: Rewarded

07.01.16 to 21.02.16

Seven hand sewn pennants metaphorically represent the artistΚΌs aspiration for a material recognition of their work. The conventional reading of these flag shapes, reminiscent of the felt pennant purchased as a souvenir or awarded for a sporting achievement, are subverted by the text, which have been sourced from art reviews, statements quoted from panel discussions, or from observations and experiences of the art world. Located somewhere between the decisive congratulatory tone to the explicit reinforcing of a fact, the reduction of this text to a single word allows the artwork to take on a more ambiguous and provocative tone. Freed from the social meaning of both the pennant form and the artistic context of the sourced word, the work “Nice” reminds us all that art can simply be liked without explanation.

 

The abundance of beads, sequins and trimmings stitched on to plain and patterned fabrics imply a kitsch preciousness. These humble, extravagant ornaments thus take on the guise of treasured mementos of goals achieved.

PRETTY GOOD by SARAH NOLAN

PRETTY GOOD  2016

SARAH NOLAN

Various fabrics, beads, sequins and polyester thread.

25x51cm

VERY GOOD by SARAH NOLAN

VERY GOOD  2016

SARAH NOLAN

Various fabrics, beads and polyester thread.

25x51cm

AVERAGE by SARAH NOLAN

AVERAGE  2016

SARAH NOLAN

Various fabrics, beads and cotton thread.

25x52cm

MEDIOCRE by SARAH NOLAN

MEDIOCRE  2016

SARAH NOLAN

Various fabrics, beads, sequins and silk thread.

25x52cm

FAIR by SARAH NOLAN

FAIR  2016

SARAH NOLAN

Various fabrics, beads, sequins and polyester thread.

25x51cm

STUPID by SARAH NOLAN

STUPID  2016

SARAH NOLAN

Various fabrics, sequins and cotton thread.

25x51cm

VACANT by SARAH NOLAN

VACANT  2016

SARAH NOLAN

Various fabrics, beads, sequins and silk thread.

28x52cm

NICE by SARAH NOLAN

NICE  2016

SARAH NOLAN

Various fabrics, beads, sequins and polyester thread.

28.5x53cm

WINK-WINK by SARAH NOLAN

WINK-WINK  2016

SARAH NOLAN

Various fabrics, beads, sequins and polyester thread.

28x53cm

OBSESSIVE by SARAH NOLAN

OBSESSIVE  2016

SARAH NOLAN

Various fabrics, beads, sequins and polyester thread.

28x51.5cm

NAME by SARAH NOLAN

NAME  2016

SARAH NOLAN

Various fabrics, beads, sequins and silk thread.

28x51cm

PREDICTABLE by SARAH NOLAN

PREDICTABLE  2016

SARAH NOLAN

Various fabrics, beads, sequins and silk thread.

28x53cm

SIMPLE by SARAH NOLAN

SIMPLE  2016

SARAH NOLAN

Various fabrics, beads, sequins and cotton thread.

28.5x53cm

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