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Open Immediately: Collages by Sarah Nicole Phillips
November 11, 2017 - December 15, 2017
November 11 – December 15, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 11, 4 – 6 pm
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Gallery Hours: Tues – Fri 12 – 5 pm, Sat 12 – 4 pm
Sarah Nicole Phillips is a Toronto-born, Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist. Her recent work is a series of collages created with hundreds of recycled, patterned security envelopes. She says: “I began playing with security envelopes when I had an office job. I would tear open the mail every day and started noticing the intricate patterns printed on their insides. Security envelopes are used to camouflage sensitive and private documents. Their decorative patterns make it impossible to read what is inside. For this body of work, the imagery is inspired by naturally occurring camouflage. That’s what the printed pattern is for, to hide documents, and it made sense to echo the botany and camouflage idea in the work… some scenes are benign, such as a square of monotonous grass, suggestive of a wider expanse of more of the same. Recent collages include office and lobby imagery such as cubicles, elevators and artificial floral arrangements. These collages represent a fantasy in which the material of the reliable, boring disappointments of life, are transformed into a means of escape.”
Sarah Nicole Phillips earned her B.A. in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto in 2003, and her MFA from Brooklyn College in 2006, with a concentration in printmaking. From 2006-07 she participated in a year-long artist residency at the Lower Eastside Print Shop where taught monotype. Sarah exhibits widely in Canada and the US and has recently been included in shows at the Queens Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and The McKinley Arts & Culture Center in Reno, NV. In 2009 and 2014 she was a recipient of Brooklyn Arts Council Grants. Her other awards include residency fellowships from The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Nebraska City, NE, and Blue Mountain Center, Blue Mountain Lake, NY. Her work is in the permanent collection of NYU Langone Hospital. For more information about her work, please visit www.sarahnicolephillips.com.
This exhibition is funded in part by The Community Exchange Foundation, Adirondack Studios and the New York State Council on The Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Courthouse Gallery hours during exhibitions are Tuesday through Friday 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 12 – 4 pm, and all other times by appointment. The Courthouse Gallery is located at the side entrance of the Old County Courthouse, corner of Canada and Lower Amherst Streets, Lake George, NY.