Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Sage Garver

Artist: Sage Garver

Exhibit: BIO

Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Media: Sculpture, metal, foam

About the Artist

Sage Garver is the creator of the exhibit, BIO. She is senior BFA major here at CSULB. She is currently concentrating on the sculpture discipline of her fine arts degree. In the past she had more of a focus on studio art but decided to changer her focus to sculptures. She is from Hermosa Beach, CA but her dream in the future is to move to Hawaii with her sister. In Hawaii she hopes to work and continue refining and producing art. Garver also enjoys hiking and swimming but doesn’t have much time for them now. Hopefully she will have enough time to enjoy and take advantage of all Hawaii has to offer in the future.

Formal Analysis

At a glance the BIO exhibit seems to be nearly empty. But when you look closely and pay attention, there is so much more to see. At the center of the gallery is golden chain draped over itself and running along the ceiling. At the top of the chain is a ball of cellophane. This part of the exhibit is the most attention grabbing at a glance. Although with the use of shadows and movement from the viewer, the walls come alive with numerous shapes and sculptures embedded in it.

Content Analysis

All of the sculptures in the BIO exhibit have to do with biology and life itself. They represent the maturation and development process in living organisms. This process is something that is very close to Garver because of the amount of illness that she has had to endure throughout her life which has kept her from eating certain foods. The entire room stands to represent a living cell and all of the complexity that lies inside and outside of it. The wall sculptures act as the different organelles in the cell and some of these are mutated which are the cause of the illness Garver has to endure. The centerpiece of the exhibit represents the nucleus of the cell which not only is the brains of the operation in life but it acts as a central hub and light for the exhibit.


As I mentioned before, just glancing at this exhibit really does not do it justice. Approaching the entrance of the exhibit, I thought that it might just be an empty room and I should just move on to the next gallery but I am glad I didn’t. Looking around at the walls and the centerpiece was very strange at first. But it is like that when you have never encountered something before. Looking at the walls I thought it was kind of weird that some of the sculptures looked like they were eating some of the other sculptures and this reminded me of phagocytosis. This and seeing that the exhibit was called BIO made me realize that I was essentially standing inside of a cell! This was so exciting, and made me realized just how subtle some aspects of art can be to pick up on if you are not in the right frame of mind.


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