Exhibition Information

Artist: Sage Garver

Exhibition: BIO

Media: sculpture, ceramic, foam

Gallery: Dutzi

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About the Artist

Sage Garver is currently a fourth year undergraduate attending California State University Long Beach. She plans to graduate in spring with a bachelors degree in Fine Arts Sculpture. Although she wasn’t entirely sure she wanted to be a Sculpture major, she eventually chose that, along with some practice in digital arts. Sage went on to say that she does not want to pursue graduate school (immediately, at least), but instead move to Hawaii to live with her sister, who currently lives there. Some of Sage’s hobbies include, but are not limited to: hiking, swimming, and cooking various Asian foods.

Formal Analysis

Sage Garver created an exhibition she called BIO. There were two main aspects to it: the foam designs on the walls, and the sculpture suspended in the middle of the room. This exhibition, as opposed to others, incorporates the entire room into the piece. The walls had various designs and shapes placed onto them. There were lines, bumps, large circles, small circles, all made out of foam that were attached to the wall and painted white (the color of the wall). The sculpture in the middle of the room was made of various pieces. It contained golden chains and foil to create a sculpture.

Content Analysis

BIO is an exhibition that represents the food that is eaten, how it affects the body, and the body itself. The walls with the various designs all resemble the pictures of cells everyone grows up looking at in high school biology textbooks. There are linear designs that resemble the endoplasmic reticulums and golgi apparatus. There are also small circles that resemble smaller, round organelles such as ribosomes, lysosomes, and larger ones that could be a nucleus. Besides things at the cellular level, the foam designs also appear to resemble stuff at the macro scale. For example, they could be different parts of the cardiovascular system. The sculpture in the middle represents a person’s body.

Synthesis / My Experience

I really enjoyed Sage’s exhibition. As a Biology major, the designs on the walls jumped out at me immediately. How could a biology major not notice cellular designs, no matter how abstract? I really likes how she represented the cell and the body, and felt like she covered it quite well. I’ve always been interested in nutrition and how those ingested chemicals and molecules interact with and create what our body actually is. That, coupled with the fact the exhibition also dealt with disease, really attracted me to the her exhibition and take particular interest in it.

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