Sarah Canright, untitled, 2018. Watercolor on Twinrocker paper, 14 ½ x 14 ½ in. Image courtesy of the artist.
Fluent~Collaborative & testsite are pleased to present Next Moves, a collaboration with artist Sarah Canright and independent arts writer and curator Sue Graze. The project opens on Sunday, November 4 with a public reception from 4 to 6 PM, and a conversation between the artists at 4:30 PM.
Sarah Canright and Sue Graze have much in common. Gender. Art world experiences. And now with substantial careers behind them their differences are equally striking. Sarah makes objects. She uses her craft to transform modest materials into painted surfaces imbued with taut visual energy and psychological intensity. Sue organizes, interprets, and makes meaning of what artists like Sarah create. And, after over 40 years as a curator and arts administrator, she is still in the throes of her first serious love - painting. The inexplicable metamorphosis of nothing into something, of turning a physically flat surface into a profoundly personal experience, Sarah Canright’s art assuredly and forcefully hits that sweet spot.
For this testsite project, Sarah and Sue would together and continue to define and explore this art-making process. Today the value of being older women in the art world gives them both a special perch. Not sentimental or nostalgic but clear-eyed, strong and fearless—using experience and wisdom to move confidently forward.