Crescent Tree Gallery is pleased to present Sarah J. Schwartz: Flow State. The exhibition opens on January 7, 2023 and will run through February 28, 2023, with an opening reception on Saturday, January 7 from 6 PM to 9 PM. The reception is free and open to the public.
The Covid-19 pandemic provided LA-based abstract painter Sarah J. Schwartz the time, focus, and dedicated space to rediscover her creative artistic practice. A product designer with a background in architectural design, Schwartz’s work is informed by her training but is by no means restrained by it. Her practice is concerned with duality and dialogue, engaging and pushing the boundaries of various materials and techniques and investigating their capacities for expression. She finds joy in exploring constraints, whether inherent or imposed, and her knowledge of the rules makes her decisions to break them all the more engaging.
Schwartz utilizes a wide variety of materials and patterns in her work such as textiles, found objects, tape, and snippets of magazines. She challenges the bounds of traditional painting by selecting playful, unconventional supports such as skateboards and wooden serving trays in lieu of canvas. The works in this exhibition are comprised of paintings from her Flow State series. The works are conversations in contrasts: light and dark, textured and smooth, ordered and chaotic. They are centered in the pleasures of creating, releasing the artist from concerns about the finished work and allowing the free flow of exchange between her internal and external worlds.
Sarah Schwartz holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. In 2020 she relocated from New York to Los Angeles, where she works as a Senior Product Designer at Apple and pursues her painting practice in her home studio. This exhibition marks her first solo show in LA.