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JEFFREY SARMIENTO Books and Buildings
November 2 - December 28, 2012
Tower Block 2
15 x 55 x 1.5 inches
The gallery is pleased to present the work of Jeffrey Sarmiento in an exhibition entitled Books and Buildings. I am particularly proud to mount this exhibition 15 years after Sarmiento exhibited at this gallery as part of a group of outstanding college students. It is a thrill to see this artist develop such a sophisticated body of work and to be able to present it at the gallery.
In his work, Sarmiento attempts to make connections between complex and disparate histories plundering the artifacts of culture and mix-mastering the exotic and familiar into a construction thick with possibility.
Sarmiento is exceedingly clever, bringing an academic’s rigor to a maker’s craft. The artist’s work reveals a keen understanding of the issues in the current dialogue on contemporary art as well as a desire to bring those issues to bear on his sculpture without subverting his studio practice with meaningless gestures.
Ken Saunders 2012
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