San Francisco-based artist Sean Newport has developed a range of artwork pieces from design to sculpture throughout his career. Working primarily as a woodworker, Newport has honed his skills as a carpenter to fine artist over the past decade. His sculptures deal with “perceived notions of reality and the idea of creating a digital aesthetic through analogue processes.” This is achieved by manipulating wood into three-dimensional shapes, and then painting and arranging them in ways that allow patterns to emerge from unique geometric designs. Each wall sculpture is composed of hundreds of identical hand cut wood shapes which are then placed on a custom panel. Individually each work has the possibility of being hung in eight different ways ultimately generating new viewing experiences. You see the wall-mounted sculptures differently as you move around them and view them from different angles—something Newport encourages his audience to do, but something you can’t do when viewing the work on a screen. The colors seem to change; new patterns emerge. The light—directional, UV-sensitive, controlled by the artist—shines in surprising ways as it hits the wooden ridges and valleys. These visual experiments test the eye and the brain, challenging you to consider how a static object can seem so alive.
Hailing from Southern California, Newport work have been exhibited and collected throughout the United States and internationally. He is was one of the original creators of Engine Works, an artist collective founded in 2010. Newport's studio is in the Mission District of San Francisco.
2017 Eclipse, CORDESA, Los Angeles
2016 Vacation Vibration, CORDESA, Los Angeles
2018 Spring Group Show, CORDESA, Los Angeles
2016 LOCAL II: a group show, Mirus Gallery, San Francisco
The First, CORDESA, Los Angeles
2015 "TOMORROW" - a group show, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco
2019 Hashimoto Contemporary at Art Market San Francisco 2019, Hashimoto Contemporary
2019 Art Palm Springs, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Palm Springs, CA
2018 CORDESA at Art Market San Francisco 2018, CORDESA