May 23, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016
CAM Raleigh (Contemporary Art Museum) is pleased to present The Imaginary Architecture of Love by Sarah Cain. Cain has created a monumental painting directly on the walls and floor of the Main Gallery. As is typical of her practice, Cain has embedded objects found in situ and layer paintings made on traditional stretched canvases within the work.
Cain is committed to translating lived experience into a language of color and form. Her investment in abstraction is based on her belief in its capacity to express ideas that are beyond language. Building upon a present tense call-and response to the environment at hand, Cain attempts to expand the potential of painting by challenging its conventions. In advance of making a work on site, Cain gathers materials, inspiration, and visual cues from the outside world. Through improvisation based on her gathered materials and impressions, she makes decisions about the palette, gestures, and composition on site. The Imaginary Architecture of Love flows from the museum's entrance lobby into the main gallery, moving through the former produce warehouse's corners and cracks while responding to structural details such as arched windows and poured-in-place columns.
As with collaged found objects in her paintings, the titles of Cain’s works are derived from her immediate experience of the world. The Imaginary Architecture of Love is a song from HUSH HUSH's album Pisces Iscariot. Cain’s studio based paintings and ephemeral works on site often deal with human intimacy and relationships. The Imaginary Architecture of Love refers to the ways in which peoples’ expectations and intentions build structures around relationships that inevitably transform over time. For this exhibition, Cain has created abstract portraits of the complex dynamics of navigating both architectural and emotional spaces.
This exhibition includes a 100 page monograph titled Sarah Cain: The Imaginary Architecture of Love. Designed by Barbara Weidemann, the catalogue is focused on Cain's recent site specific work created in the past three years. It includes more than 75 full color illustrations accompanied by new writing by Julian Myers, Sarah Lehrer- Graiwer, and Bernadette Mayer.
PARTNERS: AC Restaurants • AJ Fletcher Foundation • Anthony Meier Fine Arts • Arts Access • AV Metro • Belk • Blue Cross Blue Shield • CAM/Now • Capitol Broadcasting Company • CE Rental • Citrix • Clearscapes • Design Story Works • Duke Energy Foundation • First Tennessee Foundation • Tom Fuldner • Galerie Lelong • Heather Donahue • Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby's International Realty • Ella Ann and Frank Holding Foundation • Honor Fraser • Art Howard • Kubany Judlowe • Lenovo • Morningstar Law Group • Nash Square Hospitality Group | Standard Foods • Newmark Grubb Knight Frank • The North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources • Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein • Research Triangle Park • Lauren Ryan • Sitelink • The C. Hamilton Sloan Foundation • Sitelink • Themeworks • Triangle Precision Painting • The Umstead Hotel and Spa • The Wine Feed • Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice • The Betty Eichenberger Adams Society
With Gratitude: Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, Dean
College of Design, North Carolina State University
CAM’s educational and community programs are funded in part by the Goodnight Educational Foundation, The Grable Foundation, IBM, the William R. Kenan Jr Charitable Trust, IBM Community Grants, SunTrust and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. Family Sundaes are funded by the PNC Foundation.
October 14, 2015 11 AM – 7 PM
Walk to CAM Raleigh! includes free museum admission, stress reducing creative projects, movement and yoga, and other activities celebrating Health, Art, and Wellness. Enjoy a day centered around celebrating our overall well-being!
Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
Curated by Sam Stephenson and Ivan Weiss of Rock Fish Stew
Join us Thursday, October 15th at 8PM for our Big, Bent Ears record-playing event! Featuring Bill Mooney (Tannis Root), we'll be having a record-listening party in our own kissa (downstairs in our Media Lab.)
Come enjoy Big Bent Ears, meet some new friends and enjoy some awesome music!
Beer and wine available.
Special thanks to Ben Barwick and Dave Wilson