Sarah Pater



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UPCOMING:




Not Always What They Seem, Peep Projects, Philadelphia

June 13 – August 15, 2022


Amie Cunat, Austin Eddy, Mark Gibson, Sarah Pater, and Katarina Riesing

Opening Reception: Friday, June 17, 6-8 pm.
2424 Coral St. #221
Philadelphia, PA 19125

“Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many”

-Phaedrus

For Peep’s summer group show, five artists are brought together whose works reveal deeper meanings through symbolism, biomorphic shapes, emotive color and subversive imagery. Amie Cunat’s work confronts familiarity by exaggerating or omitting characteristics from an observed source. Cunat’s vivid and colorful canvases are filled with swirling biomorphic shapes, appearing like licks of flames, tangles of vegetal growth, and decorative paisleys. Austin Eddy’s vibrant painting of birds presents a way to understand the strain engrossed in the human experience—whether we are caged, soaring through the sky, or something in between. Mark Thomas Gibson's work reveals a vision of a satirical, dystopian America where every viewer is implicated as a potential character within our shared narrative. Sarah Pater’s paintings reveal familiar scenes rendered strange—the quotidian turning otherworldly, sometimes terrifyingly so. At first glance Katarina Riesing’s dyed paintings on stretched silk and colored pencil drawings betray an infatuation with laborious detail and rich material, but the insistence on close croppings, and awkward, unsightly I or uncomfortably erotic aspects of the body, reveal surreptitious squirming.




Light Accumulation, PULP, Holyoke, MA

June 18 – July 17, 2022

Ilana Harris-Babou, Kelly Hain, and Sarah Pater. Curated by Ali Osborn.


Opening Reception: June 18, 5-7 pm.
80 Race St.
Holyoke, MA 01040

PULP is pleased to present Light Accumulation, a three-person exhibition that addresses the fragility of concepts like “cool and collected”, “peace and quiet”, “happiness and wellbeing”. The selected artworks present scenarios wherein a tenuous equilibrium has been reached by the steady accrual of ballpoint pen strokes, performed labor, or subjects painted in illusionistic space. In each piece there is the implication that the balance might be easily tipped—the dream turned nightmare, the uncanny rendered real—by the addition of a single extra snail, another tap from a bird at the window pane, or a final swing of the ceramic hammer.

The three artists use a range of media and approaches to arrive at their enigmatic tableaux. Sarah Pater paints facsimiles, at once pristine and unsettling, of familiar forms caught in flattened, near-abstract space: snails crawling across a cool, dark countertop; tapered candlesticks standing, frozen out of time, on an impeccably smooth table cloth. Ilana Harris-Babou sculpts dysfunctional ceramics and films scenes that parody home improvement language to discuss reparations and systemic racism. In Kelly Hain’s drawings—there are traditional works on paper and an animated film—black and white worlds undergo such continuous change (from fire, flood, or refraction) that transformation appears as a harmonious constant.

Light Accumulation is curated by Ali Osborn, an artist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY.





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PAST:





Still Going, Taymour Grahne Projects, London

January 22 - February 19, 2022

Alessandro Teoldi, Alexandria Tarver, Ellen Siebers, Sarah Pater, Japeth Mennes, Matthew Zaccari, Padma Rajendran, Philip Hinge, and Veronika Pausova.  Curated by 106 Green (Holly Coulis, Ridley Howard, & Mitchell Wright).



Surface Tension, Ortega y Gasset, Brooklyn

February 5 - March 20, 2022

Dexter Ciprián, Christina Graham, Rachel Granofsky, Kirsten Lamb, Caitlin MacBride, and Sarah Pater.  Curated by Lauren Whearty.



Spring, Baker Gallery, West Chester University, West Chester, PA
August 30 – October 15, 2021

Matt Bollinger, Angelina Gualdoni, Annette Hur, Vera Iliatova, Breehan James, Caitlin MacBride, Sangram Majumda, Joshua Marsh, Sarah Pater, Zahava Rozman, Amy Talluto, and Todd Arsenault/Kristopher Benedict.  Organized by Kristopher Benedict.






Fitting Out the Outfitters
, Accordion Studios, Providence, RI
August 27 – September 27, 2021

Work by David Aipperspach, Anthony Bragg, Irmak Canevi, Steven KP & Tyler Mills, Kris Mortensen, Tyler O’Grady, Sarah Pater, Fernando Pezzino, and Martin Smick.  





Slow Burn
, Baker Gallery, West Chester University, West Chester, PA
January 21 – February 22, 2020

Slow Burn brings together artists whose work rewards in-person apprehension. Through optical subtleties, unusual surface and material interactions, and iterative processes, this work resists quick circulation and reclaims a physical, embodied experience of looking for the willing viewer. Work by Seth Cameron, Anthony Campuzano, Micah Danges, Jessica Dickinson, Angela Dufresne, Ava Hassinger, Dona Nelson, and Richard Ryan. Organized by David Aipperspach & Sarah Pater.




Sarah Pater: Everything might spill, Spite Haus, Philadelphia, PA
February 8 – March 14, 2020