Analia Saban, Walnut Wood Circuit Board #1, 2013. Laser sculpted wood, 24 3/4 x 35 1/2 x 2 in.
Los Angeles–based artist Analia Saban (b. 1980, Buenos Aires) takes traditional artistic media, such as paint, marble, and canvas, and pushes their limits in inventive ways that merge scientific experimentation with artmaking. In her Draped Marble works, Saban bends slabs of marble to the brink of destruction. Arced over walnut sawhorses, the marble appears fragile and pliable. Saban’s marble works were influenced by the billowing fabrics rendered in the same material by Renaissance sculptors, such as those in Michelangelo’s Pietà, which motivated Saban for their ability to transform “the hard into the flexible, the rough into the polished, the strong into the fragile.”
Saban also uses paint as a sculptural element to explore the physical properties and boundaries of the medium. For her FOCUS exhibition, Saban presents all-new works, including tapestries and paintings based on the geometric patterns of computer circuitry. In the Tapestry series, she uses a traditional loom to interlace linen with nontraditional weaving materials, such as dried paint and copper wire, to reveal a motif based on the matrixes of specific circuit boards that revolutionized computer technology. Such work emphasizes a connection between digital and analogue methods of art production and underlines the tension, as well as interconnectedness, of the handmade and machine-made underpinnings that exist in our everyday surroundings. In her canvases, Saban also uses a loom to weave dried brushstrokes of acrylic paint within the linen’s wefts and warps, subverting the custom of paint on canvas to create works that hover between paintings and objects. Often engaging sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, and textiles in a single piece or series, Saban blurs the distinctions between media, questioning the material and conceptual boundaries of an artwork while revitalizing the notion of what art, or the process of making art, can be.
(© Analia Saban, image courtesy Spruth Magers.)