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Sara Eichner

Solo Exhibitions
2015  Sara Eichner: Recent Paintings, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY
2014  Urban Perspectives, (with David Molander) Gensler Architecture Offices, New York, NY
2011  Sara Eichner: New Paintings and Prints, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY
2008  Plane Equilibrium, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY
2006  Sight Lines, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY
2005  Interior/Exterior, McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, OH
2004  Façade, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2003  Brickwork, PPOW Gallery, New York, NY
2001  Sidings, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Group Exhibitions
2013  Geometry Interrupted, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Simone Joseph
2011  Plane Speaking, McKenzie Fine Arts, New York, NY
2010  New Prints 2010, International Center for Printmaking, New York, NY, & at Visual Arts Center, University of Texas, Austin, TX
2006  Keyholder Exhibition, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY
2006  Structured, Spattered Columns Gallery at ACNY, New York, NY. Curated by Jeff Bergman
2009  Group print exhibition, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY
2008  Stone Canoe Journal Exhibition, Delavan Gallery, Syracuse, NY
2007  Ferragosto, summer group show, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY
2006  Wedgewood Rundown, 68 Jay Street Bar, Brooklyn, NY
2006  World Without End, McKenzie Fine Arts, New York, NY
2006  Greatest Hits, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY
2006  Building Structures, Westby Gallery, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
2006  Bright Ideas, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY
2005  Rigorous Fun, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY
2004  The Matzo files, New York, NY
2004  Picante, Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, Athens, GA
2003  At Present, Painting & Sculpture, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2003  Superstructures, ArtSpace, New Haven, CT
2003  AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY
2003  Classical/Vernacular, with Tom Krueger. Earlville Opera House, Earlville, NY
2002  Scratch, Arena Gallery, New York, NY
2002  Locations, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2002  Best of Stock, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2002  A Special Place, Arena Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2001  New York Foundation of Arts, Painting Fellowships, Sotheby’s, New York, NY
2001  Back and Forth; Mapping the Commute, Vacancy Gallery, Bronx, NY
2000  Artist In The Marketplace 20th Annual Exhibition, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
2000  Fresh Produce, Charas Center, New York, NY
1999  A.I.R. Gallery Invitational Exhibition, New York, NY
1999  Group Exhibition, Morlan Art Gallery, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY
1998  Saltonstall Foundation Exhibition, State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY
1998  Cazenovia Counterpoint Invitational Exhibition, Cazenovia College Art Gallery, Cazenovia, NY
1998  Masters of Fine Arts Presentation, Lowe Art Gallery. Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
1998  Group Drawing Exhibition, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY
1997  Apple Nock Leaf, The Drawing Room, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
1997  Traveling Drawing Exhibition, 1. SUNY Oneanta 2. Oregon University 3. Syracuse University

2015  Finalist, Sustainable Arts Foundation Visual Arts Award, San Francisco, CA
2009-2010 Keyholder residency, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY
2005  New American Paintings, #62, 2005 North East Edition, Curated by Bill Arning
2000  New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist Fellowship, New York, NY
2000  Artist in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY
1999  Millay Colony Residency Fellowship, Austerlitz, NY
1998  Graduate Student Painting award, Syracuse University Painting Department, Syracuse, NY
1997  Saltonstall Foundation Residency Fellowship, Ithaca, NY

Public Collections
Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
Wellington Management, New York, NY
Credit Suisse, New York, NY
US Department of State, Washington, D.C.
Hallmark Cards, Kansas City, MO
Alliance Bernstein, New York, NY

Publications & Reviews
• Emilio Gomaliz, Triangulation Blog, March 15, 2011
• Jason Urban, Printeresting online, January 25, 2011
• Mason Currey, Metropolis Magazine, "Off the Grid”, December, 2008
• Wallpaper Magazine online, "Sara Eichner exhibition, New York", November, 2008
• S. Moreno, ID Magazine online, "Architecturally-Influenced Painting in Chelsea", November, 2008
• Melissa Friedling, "Sight Lines", essay for exhibition catalogue, October, 2006
• Contemporary American Painting, #62, 2005 North East Edition, curated by Bill Arning
• Lisa Hatchadoorian, Building Structures, exhibition brochure essay, 2005
• Dan Tranberg, "Dualities and Paradoxes in the works of Russell Maltz and Sara Eichner", brochure for "Interior/Exterior" exhibition at the McDonough Museum of Art in Youngstown, OH. 2005
• Jennifer Alt, “Picante: Latino Influence on American Culture” Eco Latino, Volume 2, Issue 5. August, 2004
• R.B. Strauss, “Move It, Pentimenti changes locations and offers a monumental show”, Art Matters, March 2004
• R.B. Strauss, “First friday: March marches in”, Press/Preview, March 2004
• Lori Hill, “First Friday Focus” Philadelphia City Paper, Review, March 2004
• Judy Birke, “At Artspace, a lively meditation on architecture in ‘Superstructures,’” New Haven Register, May 25, 2003
• Ian Kerr, Catalogue essay for “SuperStructures” exhibition at ArtSpace, New Haven, CT. May 2003
• Brian Boucher, “Back and Forth: A Series of Exhibitions Curated by Grady Gerbracht at Vacancy Gallery,” and John Christ, “Spaces in Between Places, Retracing the Commute.” Both essays on the Back and Forth Web site, 2001
• Lori Hill, “First Friday Focus” Philadelphia City Paper, Review, March 2001
• Holland Cotter, “Picking Out Distinctive Voices in a Pluralistic Chorus,” The New York Times, August 18, 2000
• Artist in the Marketplace, 20th Annual Exhibition Catalogue, 2000
• Antiquarian Book Monthly, June 1999
• Seven Trees, lithographs with poems by Julia Alvarez. Kat Ran Press, 1999
• Sherry Chayat, Syracuse Herald Journal, review, April 1998

1998 Syracuse University, Masters of Fine Arts, painting
1992 Kenyon College, Bachelor of Arts, studio art major home

About the work

from the press release for Recent Work at Sears Peyton Gallery, 2015

Sara Eichner explores space and architecture in oil painting, playing with how three-dimensional space renders on two-dimensional surfaces. She fills canvases with patterns and arranges colors to create an optical unease that reflects a struggle of creating space while interacting with the flatness of each painting.

More from the artist about her binary process, in her own words:

What is the problem you set up to solve in each new painting?

I work out ideas on the computer. I choose a basic unit or grid and apply perspective to it to create the illusion of space. Then on linen or paper, I use that grid or unit and turn it in on itself—I flip it, reverse it, overlay it on top of the original grid—in order to cancel out the illusion, or, if not cancel out, to create a new space. The problem of each painting leads me to new color interactions, patterns, space, and specifics that I can’t invent without this affectation, without setting up this set of rules and systems. I like to play optical games with perspective because I grapple with the complexities of seeing. I like to think about a state where point of view cannot be fixed.

Could you say something about your hand work?
I hand-paint my lines. I don’t use a computer for this or a ruler edge or a taped edge. I love the hand-eye process. I like using an element of drawing in painting. It’s very meditative. It’s very absorbing. There’s definitely a time warp as I lose myself in the accumulation of small marks and shapes and their subtle variations.