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Art and design alumna praised for New York exhibit

October 26, 2012

Hard work and dedication have paid off for Argentinean artist and Loyola University New Orleans alumna Analia Saban ’01, whose recent exhibition, “Gag,” was selected as a critic’s choice in the international contemporary art magazine ArtForum. In her New York solo debut at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, one of the city’s premier galleries, Saban cast items from her studio—a sheet, a towel and a toilet brush, among others—in acrylic. Each object was hung or draped from raw canvases to create a collection of three-dimensional works.

Saban, who has a professional studio practice in Los Angeles, Calif., spent years exploring the capacities of painting, but ArtForum counts the works in “Gag” as “markedly different: nuanced, sophisticated and darkly studied, bound by calm monochromatic colors—mostly beiges and cool whites—while possessing a quiet violence.”

According to the magazine, “Saban has here used her imaginative techniques to create a tremendously human—and beautiful—body of work that teeters as much on the painting/sculpture divide as it does on the line between what is public and what is personal, calling attention to how quickly these boundaries are drawn.”

Saban is one of more than 40 alumni and faculty artists from the Department of Art and Design participating in “Mentors,” a multimedia arts exhibition that opens Thursday, Nov. 1 in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor of the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library.

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