The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Artistic Residency with Sarah Sze
2011 Exhibition Grant
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) will embark upon a two-year artist residency with Sarah Sze, a MacArthur Fellowship recipient widely recognized for her dazzlingly intricate, site-specific installations made of everyday consumer, industrial, and organic materials including tea bags, water bottles, and electric fans. Sze’s time at the FWM will culminate in a massive installation in which she weaves objects throughout the entire three-story space of FWM’s Arch Street building, creating a narrative that unfolds as viewers move sequentially through the space. Sze has exhibited at major international venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Whitney Biennial, and the Carnegie International. Her show at FWM, which has presented more than 500 exhibitions and projects with artists working in all media since its founding in 1977, will be her first in Philadelphia. FWM will produce a documentary video on Sze’s work, and will set up an interactive kiosk for visitors to learn more about specific objects and materials used in the installation. A special micro site, accessible from the FWM Web site, will feature video clips and journal-like updates on Sze’s work process as she develops the installation.
Photo: Sarah Sze, Unravel (detail), 2005. Mixed Media, 161" x 115" x 100"