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Sarah Sze

By using common materials and objects that are readily available in local hardware and grocery stores for each of her site-specific installations, Sarah Sze’s negotiation with her own sense of scale and each given space has become increasingly urgent in recent years. However monumental her large forms, the intense networks of minute details found in her work announce their presence just as forcefully.

In this conversation Sze discusses at length the evolution of her growth as an artist, from her undergraduate experience at Yale University (1987-1991) and her four year break from school (1991-1995) during which she spent a year in Japan studying Ikebana and then directed a branch of Breakthrough, an educational nonprofit for low income public school students, to her graduate studies at New York’s School of Visual Arts. Each of these chapters goaded the development of her mature “style” without “Style.” (64 minutes)

Sarah Sze's installation at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery (September 16–October 23, 2010) is also the topic of Sze’s visit to the Clocktower Gallery and its Art International Radio studios. A transcription of this conversation was published in the Brooklyn Rail both online and for its October 2010 issue.


Off The Rail


Artist, critic, curator, teacher and newspaperman Phong Bui is now taking his insatiable talent to the airwaves. A man with a voracious appetite for all things artistic, social and cultural, Phong's work has been shown at such galleries at Pierogi, Sarah Bowen Gallery, Wooster Art Space and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, winning him numerous awards and grants from the American Academy of Letters, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the National Academy, among others. He is a curatorial adviser at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and has taught at such institutions as Columbia University, Bard College and the School of Visual Arts. He used the money from his first sold painting to create the venerable arts, culture and politics journal The Brooklyn Rail and the publishing press The Brooklyn Rail/Black Square Editions. He is an unstoppable force of unyielding curiosity.

Here Phong interviews artists, curators, booksellers and anyone else he finds notable and interesting on the cultural landscape. Follow his lead; it's always proved impeccable.