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Honor Fraser Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works by Sarah Cain at The Armory Show. Cain will also create a new site-specific painting installation as part of the Platform section, curated by Jen Mergel.

Sarah Cain creates works that are abstract, intuitive, and bold. She is unafraid to use bright colors and decorative elements such as beads and seashells in her work, arguing that that these raw elements can still create serious paintings. Inspired by arte povera, Cain’s work comes out of an economy of availability, creating early works on the walls of abandoned buildings. She now using canvases for her paintings, but Cain maintains a sense of improvisation and resourcefulness in her reuse of dollar bills, sheets of music, and book jackets, which will be on view in Honor Fraser’s booth.

For Platform, Cain will create a new site-specific work near the entrance to The Armory Show. She works on the individual canvases in her studio in Los Angeles and then builds up the area in between to create a cohesive installation. The entire wall becomes filled with color, shape, and texture.

Sarah Cain was born in Albany, New York in 1979 and lives in Los Angeles. She received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001 and a MFA from the University of California at Berkeley in 2006. One-person exhibitions of her work are currently on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA and the Aspen Art Museum, CO. Her work has been included in exhibitions such as Variations in and around Abstract Painting, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA (2014); Now-ism: Abstraction Today, Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH (2014); I was a double, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (2014); Outside The Lines, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (2013); Painting in Place, LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), Los Angeles, CA (2013); PAINT THINGS: beyond the stretcher, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA (2013); Made in L.A. 2012, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2012); Nothing Beside Remains, LAND: Marfa, TX (2011); Two Schools of Cool, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA (2011); 2008 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA (2008); SECA Art Award Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA (2007); Like Color in Pictures, Aspen Art Museum, CO (2007). Cain is included in public collections such as Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL; San Antonio Museum of Art, TX; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA. She was recently featured in Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting, published by Phaidon (2016), and is the subject of two monographs, Sarah Cain The Imaginary Architecture of Love, published by CAM Raleigh (2015), and Sarah Cain, published by LAND (2012).

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