September 22 – December 15, 2017

The Unbearable Flatness of Being is a group of eighteen individual paintings that can be divided into four sections or combined to create one expansive, panoramic landscape. On view in Gallery 100 we are exhibiting twelve of the eighteen paintings from three of the four sections, Of Brute Matter (I-III and V), As Above So Below (I-VI), and Here’s Looking at You Too (I-II) .

Sarah Emerson is an artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her paintings and installations present viewers with highly stylized versions of nature that combine geometric patterns and mythic archetypes to examine contemporary landscape. Inspired by natural and man-made disasters, the horizon in her compositions is perpetually transforming and adapting to the unavoidable decay and chaos created by human intervention and natural phenomenon. She uses the camouflage of beautiful colors combined with a deliberate composition to explore themes that reflect on the fragility of life, the futility of earthly pleasures, and the disintegration of our natural landscape.

Emerson graduated from the Atlanta College of Art in 1998 and completed her Masters Degree at Goldsmiths College, London in 2000. She has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including White Columns, NY, Cosmic Gallery, Paris, the MOCA Jacksonville, Fl., and the High Museum in Atlanta, GA. Her work has been published in Noplaceness: Art in a Post Urban Landscape, Stickers Deluxe: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art, and New American Paintings in 2012, 2007, and 2003.

The Unbearable flatness of Being was created when Emerson was awarded the 2014/2015 MOCA GA Working Artist Project Grant selected by Siri Engberg, Senior Curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She has a solo exhibition at the Zuckerman Museum at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA in January 2018. She is represented by Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA.

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