Double Standard by Sarah Hirneisen
July 5 – July 24, 2019
RECEPTION: Friday, July 12, from 6-9 PM
Hirneisen is a maker of objects who pushes the boundaries of traditional three-dimensional art-making techniques through the use of materiality and process. Using the methods of mold-making and casting, she manipulates the familiar into unanticipated new forms. Objects anchor memories, drive daily routines and provoke ideas. Hirneisen takes everyday objects and both literally and physically breaks them apart to create a series of components that combine to become hybrid versions of the original. Her work confronts gender stereotypes and the associations that society typically makes with certain consumer goods. The resulting sculptures become a gender mash-up that both elevate the familiar and makes us question the object’s intent.
Sarah Hirneisen is an Austin based artist working with three-dimensional materials and processes. She received a BFA in glass from Rhode Island School of Design in 2001 and her MFA in studio art in 2011 from Mills College with a concentration in Sculpture. Hirneisen has done residencies through Free Oakland UP and the Hungarian Multicultural Center. She has been awarded a Community Initiatives grant through the City of Austin, an Individual Artist Grant through the City of Oakland’s Cultural Arts Program and a Phelan, Murphy & Cadogan fellowship from the San Francisco Foundation for graduate students in the arts. She currently teaches sculpture at Texas State in San Marcos and has taught at Mills College, Cabrillo College, and City College of San Francisco. Hirneisen has exhibited her work extensively throughout the US as well as Hungary, Korea and England and is a member of ICOSA collective in Austin, TX.