Sara VanDerbeek’s fascination for the eternal city Rome
On Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 the new exhibition of New York based artist Sara VanDerBeek opens in Fondazione Memmo – Arte Contemporanea. The exhibition is the result of her ongoing quest to explore the relationship between images and objects or photography and sculpture on her journey through the archaeological time layers and transformative moments of Rome, the eternal city.
Drawing from images and memories of all of the places she has visited, she wanted “to create a response to my experience of the city of Rome and classical Roman art, a synthesis of times, cultures, and aesthetics in sculptures and images found in Rome. Rome is the essential “Eternal” city, but American cities and many others throughout the world are equally emblematic of this great state of change we are experiencing. Through the images I take, I am interested in drawing connections that run through every city and therefore explore a universality of shared experiences and connections amongst everyone.”
Sara VanDerBeek grew up in Baltimore in the 1980s, as daughter of the experimental filmmaker Stan VanDerBeek who collaborated with artists like Claes Oldenburg and Merce Cunningham, but also worked with Bell Labs to create some of the first computer animations. The early death of her father (at age seven) probably fuelled her search for the transformative moment, her fascination for all aspects of change in cities, spaces, objects and individuals over time. Each photograph is not only an index of something that once existed in the world; it is a direct copy of its transition in the present. Sara VanDerBeek had solo shows at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2012); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2010); Metro Pictures, New York; Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco; and The Approach, London.