Sarah Sze is best known for dazzlingly intricate installations of found objects, light, and sound. She brings a similar magpie tendency and skittering energy to her work as a painter. In Red Rotation (2020), Sze collages suggestively related images onto the surface three wood panels. Each panel varies slightly in depth, creating a stepped progression seen when the work is viewed from the side.
Cut or torn apart, and then rearranged in vertical stripes, the components of Red Rotation form a fragmented landscaped turned ninety degrees. Its frenetic overlay of images with disparate qualities may evoke the heterogeneity of the Internet; the composition – binding together collage, screen printing, and squeegee painting with snippets of painters tape – nonetheless, seems delicate, handmade, and provisional.
Photographed in the Jewish Museum in Manhattan.