No. 388: Sonya Clark, Analia Saban

Episode No. 388 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artists Sonya Clark and Analia Saban.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia is exhibiting “Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know” through August 4. The exhibition considers a common dishcloth that was used as the flag of surrender by General Robert E. Lee’s Army of the Potomac at Appomattox. Sonya Clark’s address of the surrender flag asks why we know the infamous Confederate battle flag instead of the South’s most prominent surrender flag? The exhibition includes five installations on two of FWM’s floors. Clark’s work is informed by the original surrender flag, now in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Clark teaches at Amherst College. She is the recipient of a United States Artist fellowship and many other major grants, including a Pollock Krasner Award, the Anonymous was a Woman Award and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.  She was a guest on Episode No. 150.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s latest “Focus” exhibition features Analia Saban. It includes new work, both tapestry and painting-referencing objects, that address abstraction and the grid via circuit boards and computer chips. As is typical in her work, Saban addresses her subjects through the playful subversion of her materials, in this case copper wire and acrylic paint woven into place. The exhibition is on view through May 12.

Saban has exhibited in group exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, LACMA, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne and more.

Air date: April 11, 2019.

A flag of truce, 1865.

Sonya Clark, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Woven replica of the Confederate Flag of Truce, 2019.

Sonya Clark, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Monumental, 2019.

Sonya Clark, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia., Reconstruction Exercise (detail), 2019.

Sonya Clark, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Lesson Plan (Confederate Truce Flag) (detail), 2019.

Analia Saban, Copper Tapestry (Dallas Semiconductor, DS1000Z, 1991), 2019.

Analia Saban, Pleated Ink (Optical Mouse, Computer Chip for Motion Detection, Xerox, 1980), 2018.

Analia Saban, Tapestry (Optical Mouse, Computer Chip for Motion Detection, Xerox, 1980), 2018.

Analia Saban, Concrete Slab with Imprint of Six Horizontal Wood Beams and Missing Corner, 2013.

Analia Saban, Seascape with Blue Tape, 2012.

Analia Saban, Draped Marble (Fior di Pesco Carnico, Fior di Pesco Apuano, Crema Dorlion, Onyx), 2015.

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