Remai Modern presents Sara Cwynar’s largest museum project to date. The exhibition features two expansive new installations combining still and moving images, alongside an immersive viewing environment for Red Film (2018), the last work in the artist’s recent cinematic trilogy.
Drawing on an ever-expanding collection of image and objects, Cwynar has developed a distinctive visual language. She combines materials from a multitude of sources, including thrift stores, eBay, discarded photo albums, art history books, fashion and luxury advertising. Her process often involves a back-and-forth between printing, collaging and re-capturing. The resulting compositions are dense, chaotic and logic-defying, speaking to the endless accumulation of consumer products and pictures. Tapping into personal and collective desires, Cwynar explores how visual culture both reflects and shapes notions of beauty, value and truth.
The title of the exhibition, Source, describes a point of origin, a direct or authentic connection. It also evokes something mystical, a form of energy or power beyond understanding or control. Technology is changing how we engage with images and information, in increasingly ever-present and data-driven ways. Cwynar’s work explores these developments in the arc of late capitalism, considering new and fundamental shifts in how we see, feel and function.