Made In L.A. is coming to the Hammer, Barnsdall Park, LAXART, and billboards around town on June 2 and will showcase sixty emerging, under-recognized Los Angeles artists–one of which will be voted to win a $100,000 prize. In order to help you make an educated vote this summer, we’re counting down to Made In L.A. by showcasing each artist participating in the biennial.
Sarah Cain is a space artist. Her work bends how art on the wall and art in a room become a part of the room, transcending dimensions, becoming something more.
Cain’s work is extremely colorful and always a mixed media pursuit, often employing ink, acrylic, oils, latex, gauche, gold leaf, spray paint, found materials, and much more: she uses so much that her work is very often just labeled “mixed media.” Her art comes together on and off the wall, many of them “two dimensional” pieces that reach out and drip and stretch off of the canvas into something else.
Many of her pieces are stuck in between spaces, some starting on a wall continuing onto the floor, stretching across the room, and ending on the ceiling. Space for Cain is her canvas: her work is not confined by what she has to work with, whatever her space and her materials allow her to do. It’s no wonder that Cain developed her style and artistic voice in abandoned buildings, letting her creations become what they are today.
Cain has done work locally with LAND and Five Thirty Three Gallery and is repped by Honor Fraser is Los Angeles, whom she has a solo show with later in the year. We’re stoked to see what Cain brings because her work is so manic but controlled, colorful yet subdued, and have a larger than life appeal to them that we know is something you have to see in person. We wish she’d take her work back to abandoned buildings locally because maybe then we’d be able to get people to focus on these spaces as spaces instead of “empty buildings.”