Sharon Brant current solo at Minus Space: Sideswiped.
The artist Sharon Brant is exhibiting at Minus Space Gallery in Brooklyn NY, from November 9 to December 22, 2012.
Review by Isabel del Rio
More than forty years painting, more than forty years in front of an empty surface, trying to understand the own surface, trying to understand the emptiness and their opposite, which are the same in the end: materials which can build a world, an abstract world of pure forms and emerging colors.
This has been Sharon Brant’s search, a strict search with the roots of art.
Now, Sharon Brant is exhibiting at Minus Space Gallery a suite of paintings and works on paper: Sideswiped, a suggestive name to speak about freedom and new ways.
Emblematic exhibition, and here, the word ‘emblematic’ has its ancient meaning in relation with ‘emblems’, primitive emblems based on the idea of a rectangle and all its possibilities of expression.
I’ve heard that Disney examined his new drawers ordering them to paint a sack (yes, a dull sack) with different expressions: happy, surprised, fearful, doubtful… sack.
Sharon Brant examines here a rectangle, a red rectangle on a white ground, an imperfect rectangle full of tiny marks, subtle gestures and personal winks to the viewer. Then, her artwork continues to evidence her exhaustive understanding of materials, because she is a real master. In fact, the gallery has also in sight other Sharon’s works made of oil, oil stick, alkyd, acrylic, pastel, ink, and crayon on canvas, watercolor paper, and newsprint.
If you have the chance, go to Minus Space Gallery. You can appreciate five hundred different reds, five hundred different lines, five hundred different rectangles which you had imagined as a unique topic. A portraitist knows that a face changes with a little deviation of a single line of an eye. Currently, Sharon Brant is a portraitist of emblems, a world of personal symbols where the hue is the king.
Great difficult work!
111 Front Street, Suite 226, Brooklyn, NY 11201
**A fully-illustrated color catalog will accompany the exhibition with texts by Stephen Westfall, Patrick Mangan, and Matthew Deleget.
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Sharon Brant bio:
She has exhibited her work internationally for the past four decades, including in Europe, Australasia, Mexico, and the United States. Her museum exhibitions include P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA, Rochester Museum, Everson Museum of Art (all New York), Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (CT), and Instituto de Artes Graficas de Oaxaca (Mexico). In 1966, Brant moved permanently to New York City and her work was included several years later in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Painting Annual in 1972. She exhibited regularly with OK Harris between 1969-1972 (solo exhibitions 1970, 1972), A.I.R. Gallery between 1988-1994 (solo exhibitions 1989, 1991, 1994, 1996), and Margaret Thatcher Projects between 1999-2003.
In 1968, Brant was one of eight founding members, along with Arthur Hughes, Gary Smith, and Robert Resnick, of MUSEUM, A Project of Living Artists, an artist-run exhibition and meeting space located at 729 Broadway in New York City. MUSEUM was intended as a politically-progressive community center for artists with the goal of supporting “a more alive connection between art and society, without the dissipation of force and quality occurring so frequently in the current art establishment.” MUSEUM’s membership grew to more than 300 individuals before it closed in 1971. Brant was also a member of A.I.R. Gallery, the first artist-run gallery for women in the United States, from 1989-1996. She is currently a member of American Abstract Artists.
Earlier this year, Brant was awarded a grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, The New York Times, ARTnews, Art International, Arts Magazine, and The Brooklyn Rail, among others. She studied at the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri from 1962-1965.