Sarah McCoubrey Locks Gallery

Moving the Buffalo, 2012
pen and ink, gouache on paper
16 x 21 1/2 inches

Sarah McCoubrey Locks Gallery

Fate and Transport (Large), 2012
pen and ink, gouache on paper
48 x 70 inches

Sarah McCoubrey Locks Gallery

Escape Vehicle: Winged Potato, 2012
ink, graphite and gouache on digital print
33 x 30 inches

Sarah McCoubrey Locks Gallery

Escape Vehicle: Waxy Potato Takes Off, 2012
ink, graphite and gouache on digital print
33 x 30 inches

Sarah McCoubrey Locks Gallery

Escape Vehicle: Walking, 2012
ink, graphite and gouache on digital print
33 x 30 inches

Sarah McCoubrey Locks Gallery

Escape Vehicle: Potato With Propeller, 2012
ink, graphite and gouache on digital print
33 x 30 inches

Sarah McCoubrey Locks Gallery

Escape Vehicle: Flying Left, 2012
ink, graphite and gouache on digital print
33 x 30 inches

Sarah McCoubrey Locks Gallery

Escape Vehicle: Floating, 2012
ink, graphite and gouache on digital print
33 x 30 inches

Sarah McCoubrey Locks Gallery

Escape Vehicle: Fat Walking Potato, 2012
ink, graphite and gouache on digital print
33 x 30 inches

Sarah McCoubrey Locks Gallery

White Lake, 2012
oil on wood panel
16 x 15 inches

Sarah McCoubrey Locks Gallery

Wastebed IV, 2012
oil on wood panel
8 x 7 1/2 inches

Sarah McCoubrey Locks Gallery

Wastebed III, 2012
oil on wood panel
8 x 7 1/2 inches

Sarah McCoubrey Locks Gallery

Wastebed II, 2012
oil on wood panel
8 x 7 1/2 inches

Sarah McCoubrey Locks Gallery

Wastebed I, 2012
oil on wood panel
8 x 7 1/2 inches

Sarah McCoubrey Locks Gallery

Large White Lake, 2012
oil on wood panel
26 1/2 x 24 inches

Sarah McCoubrey Locks Gallery

Floating Earth, 2012
oil on wood panel
16 x 15 inches

Locks Gallery Sarah McCoubrey

Snooks Pond Oil Tank Takes Off, 2012
oil on panel
45 x 37 1/2 inches

Sarah McCoubrey Locks Gallery

Fox II, 2012
oil on panel
45 x 37 1/2 inches

Sarah McCoubrey Locks Gallery

Fox I, 2012
oil on panel
45 x 37 1/2 inches

Press Release

Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Sarah McCoubrey. Sarah McCoubrey: Fate and Transport will be on view December 7, 2012 through January 11, 2013. There will be a reception for the artist Friday, December 7, 2012 from 5:30–7:30 pm.

Fate and Transport marks an important departure for McCoubrey, a dramatic and fervent response to her time spent observing industrial waste beds and land that has been subjected to hydrofracking on the east coast. Struck by what she calls, "a landscape on life support," McCoubrey was compelled to move beyond her observations of landscape and instead deliver a fantastical means of escape, stemming from her sculptural and photographic studies of potatoes. McCoubrey's vehicles are the earthbound made aerial, the humble turned savior, technology that is grown rather than built. They are meant to rescue us from a dystopian future, where man has damaged the world beyond repair.

McCoubrey's delicate hand and the luminous quality of her landscapes speak to her profound understanding, honed over decades, of the paintings of Dutch masters such as Jacob van Ruisdael. Her figures were composed while looking to the inventive works of Hieronymus Bosch, particularly Ship of Fools (1490–1500). Much as Bosch used his ship to expose the follies of his society, McCoubrey's vehicles are an admonition, fueled not only by the desire to escape, but to restore.

The artist's paintings will be shown in the exhibit, The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (November 17, 2012 – April 7, 2013). McCoubrey's work will also be featured in solo exhibitions at the Clifford Gallery at Colgate University in February 2013 and at the Everson Museum of Art in 2014.

McCoubrey received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at Syracuse University since 1991. She is the recipient of several grants, including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting, a Milton Avery Foundation Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and a New York State Council on the Arts Grant.

This is McCoubrey's 5th exhibit at Locks, and she has been represented by the gallery since 1997.

Sarah McCoubrey: Art in America
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Sarah McCoubrey: Art in America
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"Sarah McCoubrey at Locks Gallery" by Jennie Hirsh