work is grounded in sensual characteristics of tactility and weight, so
it’s perhaps unsurprising that her subject matter often relates directly
to the body. In one piece, Saban casts a king-size bed sheet in white
acrylic paint and mounts the flowing form on a large canvas. She does
the same in Two Stripe Bath Towel with Tag and Stain-though
with the addition of the brown blemish Saban introduces another layer of
meaning. It gives the work a sense of personal history beyond any
conceptual or formal conceits. The stain, like the pinhole, functions as
a kind of wound on an otherwise pristine surface. Saban wants us to
notice these slight traumas, perhaps because they stand for a breach of
the body, which may itself signify the moment when we become most aware
of our physical presence in the world.
Images: Installation views, Analia Saban at Tanya Bonakdar.
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