“I come from a generation that was often chided for being the recipient of too many purple participation ribbons.” The criticism being, what did we really accomplish? Why reward mediocrity? As an adult, she found sometimes those small accomplishments are the most difficult and sometimes we all just need a pat on the back for doing our daily duties.
Got up early to walk the dog? Done. Went to work even though you really didn’t want to? Check. Hurwitz created a place where we can all celebrate the small stuff too. Get up on the awards stand and let us know what you accomplished today! Congrats! An accompanying projection also awards viewers with trophies and ribbons for other small accomplishments such as calling your grandma, and eating your veggies.
This artwork was commissioned by Modified Arts and A.R.T.S. (Adaptive Reuse of Temporary Space) Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporatio and InfluxAZ.
Object Inspiration, a collaborative exhibit with Chandler Museum
Our everyday objects may not be so ordinary when seen through the eyes of an artist. Using abstraction, manipulation and interpretation, local artists create artworks in response to objects from the Chandler Museum collection.
I choose the antique pharmacy bottles, because I love multiples and containers! I had intended to fill similar bottles with wonderful cures, but after researching some of the text that was on the bottles, I found I was more interested in what the medicine would have cured than the drug itself. I went about creating some fictitious diseases complete with pseudo biological organisms and the accompanying quack cure for the disease itself. I really connected with the idea that the patent in the name of the drugs gave it a scientific legitimacy. In reality it didn't really refer to any government approval or medical legitimacy but just proprietary ideas, marketed with extreme results and flamboyant colors. The inspiration of the quack age of medicine allowed me to play pretend scientist/doctor/pharmacist/saleswoman.
At Vision Gallery in Chandler, AZ
Americans love stuff. I love stuff. I love to be around my stuff and admire my stuff and sometimes, just sometimes, make use of my stuff. Often I imagine owning all kinds of stuff. I was sick of imagining, it was time to take action, how much better would life be if I made a whole gallery filled with all the stuff I've ever wanted?
A show at Eye Lounge in Phoenix, AZ
"A Collection of Hurwitz's Mythical Magical Mushrooms"
paint, resin, clay, paper, and fabric in Walnut and Polycarbonate case.
The Jungle Box debuted in the Halt Gallery shipping container exhibition as the opening to their new space. Artist Sarah Hurwitz allowed viewers to explore the whimsical jungle scene, with two binoculars to both adults and children to explore the dense handmade forest. The Jungle Box was named one of the 10 Best Art Exhibits by Phoenix New Times.
A meat market specializing in mythical creatures, acrylic and oil paint on vinyl and cardboard, tire chains, neon.
"When I was growing up, I always pictured adulthood as a magical time where you could eat lucky charms for breakfast, lunch and dinner, stay up all night, and wear your bathing suit to the supermarket. It turns out that as an adult this only results in diarrhea, being miserable at work, and being that creepy out of shape lady inappropriately dressed to handle food. Likewise mythical creatures carry a legend of adventure, magic and general Stevie Nicks like awesomeness, in actuality they most likely would have ended up as bacons, roasts and bologna."
At Eye Lounge in Phoenix, AZ.
No Further explanation needed. This is when I one the Olympic Gold medal in fastest human ever race.
Sarah Hurwitz’s imaginative environment, a half-magical cave of mystery, half-Earth science diorama floats in the upper spaces of TheGallery@theLibrary.
Find your endless childhood, escapism and everything you are looking for (love, your car keys, permanent hair removal?). Discover a rare mineral that is more elusive than the dryer’s lost sock! Hurwitz’s “crystal” stalactites and textural collage elements create a cavern full of secrets and discoveries that exist somewhere in between where you’ve been and where you can only hope to travel.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
A. A show horse
B. A work horse
C. A race horse
E. All of the Above
Master’s Thesis Exhibition at Joseph Gross Gallery in Tucson, AZ
Elephants never forget, but I forget everything. Here are some things I forgot.
At Modified Arts in Phoenix, AZ
Artists were invited to gather in the Rare and Artist Book Collection of the Burton Barr Library to kick off the project.
I chose a vintage children’s book whose name I can’t recall! from the collection of books being de-accessioned by the library.
This piece one 3rd Place.