Sara VanDerBeek uses photography, sculptural forms, and performative gestures to explore the construction of images and the passage of time. VanDerBeek’s most recent bodies of work relate to cities, such as Detroit and Baltimore, which have personal, historical, or political meaning for the artist, as well as distinct urban features. These projects consider cities through material and momentum, with the resulting works approaching each site’s core spirit. For her solo exhibition at MOCA Cleveland, VanDerBeek continues this effort, engaging the city as a physical site and a system undergoing continuous change. The resulting photographs will be a mixture of VanDerBeek’s experience of Cleveland’s landscape and cultural monuments within a range of material and cultural shifts.
Sara VanDerBeek (1976, Baltimore) lives and works in New York. In 2011, her first solo museum show, To Think of Time, was held at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; in 2012 she was commissioned to create new work by The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and in 2013 she became the first contemporary artist to be exhibited by the newly formed Fondazione Memmo–Arte Contemporanea, producing a new body of work in response to the city of Rome. VanDerBeek has been featured in group exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and she was highlighted in New Photography 2009 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her work has been written about in Artforum, frieze, Art in America, The New York Times, Aperture, and Art News.