|Born||1991 (age 27–28)|
Manhattan, New York
|Education||Yale University, M.F.A.
University of Pennsylvania, Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business College of Arts & Sciences, B.A. International StudiesWharton School, B.S. Economic
Sarah Meyohas (born 1991, Manhattan, New York) is a French-American visual artist based in New York City working across multiple disciplines including film, photography, virtual reality, performance art and sculpture.
Early life and education
Meyohas grew up in Uptown Manhattan, New York. She has two brothers, financiers Nathaniel Meyohas and Marc Meyohas. She holds a B.A. in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S in finance from the Wharton School, and in 2015, she received an M.F.A. from Yale University.
In her work across media, Meyohas uses networks of information, power, value, and communication. Most spaces are shaped by the flow of desire through matrices of thought; this is the site of her work.
Meyohas first gained traction in 2015 for her work BitchCoin, her own form of cryptocurrency. Similar to Bitcoin, one Bitchcoin, sold for $100, is worth 25 square inches of any one of Meyohas’ photographic prints. The value of each coin fluctuates with the increasing value of the artist’s works. ‘BitchCoin asserts artistic agency as an economic claim,” Meyohas states, "This is important for artists when art is viewed as a cultural capital.”
In her Speculation series, Meyohas creates photographs using two-way mirrors with a series of constructed props – from rose petals and branches of yellow blossom, to a haze of blue smoke and a pair of hands - exploring limitless exchange. It is a series of specular relations that never find a definitive end.
In her first solo art exhibition at New York City’s 303 Gallery, Meyohas traded stocks on the New York Stock Exchange then, in real time, drew the changes in the stock’s valuation with oil stick on blank canvases throughout the gallery. The line, value over time, is an index of her movement, physically in the gallery and virtually in her ownership. Each painting is one of many financial records, but unique as an artwork.
Cloud of Petals
Cloud of Petals is Meyohas’s first large scale exhibition and virtual reality experience at Red Bull Arts New York. The two-floor exhibition is the culmination of an extensive yearlong project that is both archival and experimental. At the site of the former Bell Labs, sixteen workers photograph 100,000 individual rose petals. The massive dataset the compile is used to map out an artificial intelligence algorithm that learns to generate new petals forever. Meyohas investigates the artificially of beauty by enlisting the faculties of human subjectivity through a body of work that integrates culture, photography, artificial intelligence, and organic matter.
MEYOHAS was founded in September 2015. It started as an experimental space, on the 28th floor of a Philip Johnson building on the Upper East Side. After a year of group shows and curatorial projects, the gallery transitioned in 2016 towards a roster and solo shows. In 2017, the gallery relocated to its current space in Long Island City, Queens. Most of the artists in the program have had their first solo shows in New York at MEYOHAS. The artists in the program generally work across various mediums including video, performance, sound and sculpture. Artist Virginia Lee Montgomery empathetically maps and physically channels the metaphysics of dematerialized forms. Artist Jonah King questions what it means to be human in an increasingly digitized ecology. Artist Daniel Beckwith’s sculptures exist at the collision of cultural paradigms, from videogame arcades to museological display. Artist Eva O’Leary’s glossy photographs take on the language of commercial photography in order to arrive at something more sinister. Meyohas's most recent exhibition, Happy Valley, by Irish-American artist Eva O’Leary was featured in The New Yorker. All the artists are peers, friends, and influence each other. The gallery has appeared in the New York Times, Art Forum, and various other publications. Upon invitation by Independent, MEYOHAS participated in an art fair for the first time in 2017.
(2015) BitchCoin, Where, Brooklyn, NY
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