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PLAIN: IN SPECULATIONS, SARAH MEYOHAS EXPLORES THE THRILL OF STARING INTO THE VOID

PLAIN: IN SPECULATIONS, SARAH MEYOHAS EXPLORES THE THRILL OF STARING INTO THE VOID

SEPTEMBER 10, 2018

New York-based artist Sarah Meyohas invites us into an intriguing world of infinite tunnels in her installation series titled Speculations. Her thrilling body of work involves two mirrors facing each other, the empty space between them filled with a smattering of objects — rose petals, tree branches, a row of daisies, and even something as ephemeral as smoke — which produces intricate visuals that seemingly duplicate, recede and disappear into a void.

AI ARTISTS: Sarah Meyohas is a French-American artist working across disciplines including film, photography, virtual reality, performance art and sculpture.

AI ARTISTS: Sarah Meyohas is a French-American artist working across disciplines including film, photography, virtual reality, performance art and sculpture.

2017

Sarah Meyohas is a visual artist working across media. For her project Cloud of Petals, she staged a performance at the site of the former Bell Labs. Sixteen workers photographed 100,000 individual rose petals, compiling a massive dataset. This information was used to map out an artificial intelligence algorithm that learned to generate new, unique petals forever.

The performance resulted in a film, six gaze-based virtual reality experiences, and a series of sculptures, presented during a large-scale solo exhibition at Red Bull Arts New York. The Cloud of Petals exhibition becomes a site for contemplation about a post-human reality and the future of labor in the face of automation. The film has been screened at various festivals, including the Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival, Slamdance, NY Times Talks, CogX, and the Locarno Film Festival.

ARTNET: How Artist Sarah Meyohas Transformed 100,000 Rose Petals Into a Steely Critique of Big Data

ARTNET: How Artist Sarah Meyohas Transformed 100,000 Rose Petals Into a Steely Critique of Big Data

OCTOBER 17, 2017

Don’t be fooled by the title of Sarah Meyohas’s current exhibition, “Cloud of Petals,” which seems to suggest a stereotypically girly flower display. On the contrary, the artist approaches roses from a no-nonsense, analytical perspective, informed by her clear-eyed take on the commercial aspect of the floral business—a far cry from the romance and femininity typically associated with such fragrant blooms.

“Yes, roses are a super symbol of love and beauty, but they are also a big business product,” Meyohas told artnet News during a visit to Red Bull Arts New York, where she was hard at work installing the show, which opened to the public October 12.

The exhibition is the outgrowth of a project that began last year at Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey, once a site of major scientific and technological innovation as the headquarters of the telephone and information giant. When Meyohas first set foot inside the historic, Eero Saarinen-designed space—then empty ahead of its conversion into Bell Works, a new multi-purpose development—the 26-year-old artist had no idea what she was getting herself into.

INTERVIEW: THIS DREAMY NEW SHOW EXPLORES NATURE AND TECHNOLOGY THROUGH 10,000 DISASSEMBLED ROSES

INTERVIEW: THIS DREAMY NEW SHOW EXPLORES NATURE AND TECHNOLOGY THROUGH 10,000 DISASSEMBLED ROSES

OCTOBER 12, 2017

Cloud of Petals, the 26-year-old artist’s latest project, is as ethereal and delightfully obscure as it sounds. Meyohas marries nature and technology to discover the meaning in collecting (and collected) data; it’s fitting that the undertaking was conducted at Bell Labs, a now-abandoned research complex that birthed the information theory, which used math to define and represent information, allowing for its transmission, storage—and resulting, eventually, in the creation of the Internet. Opening at Red Bull Arts New York on October 12, Meyohas’s show is fourfold: it features a film, vitrines made by wall panels from Bell Labs fitted with two-way mirrors, six virtual reality simulations depicting digitized and pixelated rose petals, and two wall displays of 3,200 individually pressed and preserved petals.

HUFF POST: Charles Schwab Closes Sarah Meyohas’ NYSE Account

HUFF POST: Charles Schwab Closes Sarah Meyohas’ NYSE Account

APRIL 4, 2016

Sarah Meyohas, an artist we interviewed back in January, has had her New York Stock Exchange account closed by Charles Schwab. She has exhibited her paintings which reflect her stock market trades and their effects on the market at Gallery 303. In an article by Fortune, it is said that her ambitions with this project is to “alter prices of 12 different NYSE-traded stocks,” proving her exhibition a relative success. With a market cap of $40 million or less, the effects of Meyohas’ stock buys are strong enough to be evident enough to catch the attention of Charles Schwab.

THE OBSERVER: Sarah Meyohas - Was An Artist’s Brokerage Account Shut Down for Manipulating the Stock Market?

THE OBSERVER: Sarah Meyohas - Was An Artist’s Brokerage Account Shut Down for Manipulating the Stock Market?

MARCH 28, 2016

Sarah Meyohas had her account closed by Charles Schwab, perhaps making the exact point she wanted to

MONEY: Sarah Meyohas - When Trading Stocks Is a Work of Art

MONEY: Sarah Meyohas - When Trading Stocks Is a Work of Art

JANUARY 22, 2016

We think we know what stock performance means. Then Sarah Meyohas comes along.

Meyohas, a Wharton graduate who also holds an MFA from Yale, took that term as the title of her first solo art show, at the 303 gallery in New York City. For two weeks in January, Meyohas traded stocks on the New York Stock Exchange. Then, in real time, she drew the changes in each stock’s valuation with oil stick on blank canvases mounted throughout the space.

FORTUNE: Meet The Artist Who Paints the Stock Market - Sarah Meyohas

FORTUNE: Meet The Artist Who Paints the Stock Market - Sarah Meyohas

JANUARY 12, 2016

Artist Sarah Meyohas is a market mover—literally.

In her first solo show, “Stock Performance,” which opened Jan. 8 at New York City’s 303 Gallery, Meyohas will attempt to turn the ups and downs of the stock market into art. Starting Tuesday and continuing until Jan. 20, she will try to alter the prices of 12 different NYSE-traded stocks, painting those price movements on canvas as she trades—live—at the gallery.

ARTSPACE: The New Paint-by-Numbers? Sarah Meyohas on How She Is Manipulating the Financial Markets to Make Art

ARTSPACE: The New Paint-by-Numbers? Sarah Meyohas on How She Is Manipulating the Financial Markets to Make Art

JANUARY 8, 2016

Around this time last year, the art press picked up a quirky new story: a Yale photography M.F.A. named Sarah Meyohas had created her own cryptocurrency called Bitchcoin, with an exchange rate set at one Bitchcoin to 25 square inches of a Meyohas print. (As the value of her work changes over time, so too will the value of the coins.) In an art world that was grappling, often dismissively, with the shift toward art-as-investment, Meyohas’s take on the Bitcoin addressed the world of finance with unusual directness and a cooperative stance. It seemed to offer collectors a tool for using Meyohas's artworks as investments. 

ARTNEWS: Sarah Meyohas - A New Cryptocurrency Enters the Art Market: BitchCoin

ARTNEWS: Sarah Meyohas - A New Cryptocurrency Enters the Art Market: BitchCoin

FEBRUARY 8, 2015

Artist Sarah Meyohas launched her own personal cryptocurrency on Sunday night in the Financial District at Trinity Place, a bar located across from the birthplace of the Occupy movement, Zuccotti Park. Called BitchCoin, perhaps a feminist play on the name of the most famous cryptocurrency of them all, the currency is the subject of an exhibition on prediction at Where, a think tank and exhibition space based out of a shipping container in Brooklyn.