Sadie Laska

Working across painting, sculpture, fabric, and printmaking, Sadie Laska (b. 1974, Prince, WV) creates frenetic, brightly colored compositions chock-full of evocative icons and slogans rendered with sardonic flair.

She invokes the absurdity of contemporary life with coded constructions that reference everything from computer icons to time-worn hieroglyphs for death.

These elementary yet esoteric ideograms–including rain clouds, skulls, cowboys, globes, and arrows–are drawn in a doodled, DIY aesthetic and appear in various media including oils on canvas, shaped mdf cut-outs, sewn banners, and monotypes. Ultimately, collage is the underlying principle of her practice and even her painting process takes its cues from a mixed media ethos–squiggles of spray paint and contrasting chunky gestures frequently sit atop the painted field. Utilizing a variety of cast-offs, detritus, and found objects, she shows a disregard for the supposed sanctity of the painting surface.

Artist: Studio

Artworks

Sadie Laska,

Crash Landing,

2023,

60 × 94 in (152.4 × 238.76 cm)

Oil on linen

Sadie Laska,

Truthiness,

2024,

80 × 70 in (203.2 × 177.8 cm)

Oil on linen

Sadie Laska,

Walking with Fire and Scissors,

2023,

60 × 48 in (152.4 × 121.92 cm)

Oil on linen

Sadie Laska,

Ghostly Call,

2023,

24 × 30 in (60.96 × 76.2 cm)

Oil on linen

Sadie Laska,

Untitled,

2024,

Monoprint on archival paper,

40 × 26 in (101.6 × 66.04 cm)

Sadie Laska,

Rain,

2023,

Acrylic and oil on canvas,

60 × 48 in (152.4 × 121.92 cm)

 

Sadie Laska,

Globe, Silhouette, Profile,

2023,

Oil on linen,

40 × 30 in (101.6 × 76.2 cm)

 

Sadie Laska,

Untitled,

2022,

Monoprint on archival paper,

34 × 24 in (86.36 × 60.96 cm)

Sadie Laska,

Lies, Big and Small,

2022,

Oil and acrylic on canvas,

22 × 20 in (55.88 × 50.8 cm)

Sadie Laska,

Make Words Less Human,

2021,

Fabric and paint on flag,

58 × 36 in (147.32 × 91.44 cm)

Sadie Laska,

Untitled (Golfer, Skulls),

2020,

60 × 36 in (152.40 × 91.44 cm)

Fabric and paint on flag

Sadie Laska,

Mediterranean Diet,

2019,

72 × 54 in (182.88 × 137.16 cm)

Acrylic, flashe and collage on canvas

Sadie Laska,

Benzodiazepines,

2019,

34 × 30 in (86.36 × 76.2 cm)

Acrylic and collage on canvas

Sadie Laska,

Luxury Goods,

2019,

30 × 24 in (76.2 × 60.96 cm)

Flashe and collage on canvas

Sadie Laska,

For Anxiety,

2018,

70 × 54 in (177.8 × 137.16 cm)

Acrylic, matte medium, magazines on canvas

Sadie Laska,

Untitled,

2012,

10.63 × 10.24 in (27 × 26 cm)

Mixed media

Installation Views

Installation view, LuLLabIES, Ceysson & Bénétière, New York, 2021

Exhibitions

Sadie Laska, Homesick, Mar 5 – Apr 13, 2024
Sadie Laska, EREHWON, Oct 22 – Dec 5, 2020
Make Painting Great Again, Jun 8 – Jul 15, 2016
Sadie Laska, I, Clouded, Jun 10 – Jul 12, 2015

Press

"March Avery and Elisabeth Kley at parts and Labor," Beacon NY (review). Arte Fuse. December 8, 2023

Claire Selvin, Sadie Laska "Sadie Laska on the Power of Cynicism in Art." Pace February 25, 2022

Rachel Small "Sadie Laska." TheGuide.Art October 1, 2020

Whitney Mallett "6 Artists on Why They Start Bands, From IUD to Psychic TV." Vulture February 1, 2019

Alec Coiro "Sadie Laska At Tennis Elbow." Ravelin Magazine July 16, 2018

MK Palomar "Sadie Laska: interview." Studio International June 20, 2018

Sarah Cascone "Here Are the 3 Emerging Artists Damien Hirst Tapped to Make Work for His Private Museum." Artnet June 6, 2018

Anny Shaw "Damien Hirst commissions 21 works by emerging artists for new show." The Art Newspaper June 6, 2018

Alec Coiro "Sadie Laska’s Figures In The Clouds." Ravelin Magazine October 5, 2017

David Graver "Artist Sadie Laska curates ‘Animal Farm’ at the Brant Foundation Study Center." Coolhunting May 17, 2017

Trinie Dalton "Peter's Farm." Artforum May 17, 2017

Pac Pobric "Animal Magnetism: A New Exhibition Channels Orwell (and the Eighties Art Scene)." The Village Voice May 9, 2017

The Editors of ARTnews "Sadie Laska Will Organize ‘Animal Farm’ Show at the Brant Foundation." ARTnews February 21, 2017

"Collectors Susan and Michael Hort's Picks from FIAC 2016." Artspace October 22, 2016

Andrew Nunes "CANADA is Making Painting Great Again." The Creators Project: Vice Magazine June 22, 2016

"The Six Most Exciting Exhibitions at Independent Brussels." The New York Times Magazine April 24, 2016

Scott Indrisek "5 Must-See Gallery Shows: JJ PEET, Huma Bhaba, and More." Blouin ArtInfo June 22, 2015

CV

b. 1974, Prince, West Virginia

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

  • Education

    • 2014

      MFA, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

    • 1992

      BFA, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

  • Selected Solo Exhibitions

    • 2024

      Homesick, CANADA, New York, NY

    • 2023

      Electrosmog, The Page Gallery, Seoul, Korea

      Boiling Frog Syndrome, Ceysson & Bénétière, Saint-Étienne, France

    • 2021

      No Utopia For You!, Soccer Club Club, Chicago, I

    • 2020

      Erehwon, Canada, New York, NY

    • 2017

      Nudes, Ceysson & Bénétière, Saint-Étienne, France

    • 2016

      Rock Solid, Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium

      Solo Presentation with Canada at Independent, Brussels, Belgium

      A Foot, Some Guns, A Boot, Some Hands, Some Lips, A Breast & A Snail, 56 Henry, New York, NY