Sarah Walker, Self Less, 2012, 20 x 22 inches, acrylic on panel (courtesy of the artist)
Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy visit the studio of painter Sarah Walker.
Walker comments: "I'm trying to allow everything in the painting that's ever been there to still exist visually and compellingly, presently, all at the same time. So, the past in my paintings is always present in some way, and all their movements, and the habits of the paint, and what its done, all the histories are still there, and they're impacting what gets layered on top and woven into that. So that its not just one set of structures, or one narrative, or one history, but all these things together. and I try to strike a balance to where you can read each of them... at the same level of legibility."
Joanne Mattera blogs about two exhibitions on the Lower East Side: Jason Karolak at McKenzie Fine Art (on view through March 17) and the recent show Sarah Walker: Drift at Artifact.
Mattera writes that "Karolak pulls you into his visual webs, cubicular orgies of analogous color that suggest the containments of architecture or conversely, mathematical depictions of cosmic phenomena in the vastness of the universe." Considering Walker's paintings, Mattera expresses admiration for "the way space and pattern collide, for her layering of the geometric with the organic, and her splendid sense of color."
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