43. Sara VanDerBeek

Should we consider the New York-based VanDerBeek a photographer? Or sculptor? Or installation artist? Does it matter? VanDerBeek constructs fanciful assemblages consisting of family snapshots, magazine clippings, bits of string, and banal trinkets. Her delicate sculptural "constellations" suspend the objects in such a way that we feel as though they are weightless, bouncing in the ambient air. The pieces take on a stark, high modernist character in the theatrical spotlight, and are forever frozen in her photographs. Her work has been cited as a practice that expands the conversation regarding the complicated relationship between sculpture, installation and photography.

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Above: Athena, 2006