We are thrilled to open our Spring season with new works by Sharon Brant and Guy Corriero, “Outside of Time and Change”.
For more than five decades, Sharon Brant has produced conceptually and aesthetically rigorous hard-edged paintings and works on paper. Her work is relentlessly spare, yet materially abundant, often consisting of no more than one or two fundamental shapes articulated in unexpected ways. Complementing her studio work, Brant has also practiced meditation since the late 1980s, which has had an immeasurable impact on the approach she takes in her studio and the work she ultimately produces.
In Outside of Time and Change, Brant refines and advances the strategies that have informed her work for decades. Her new paintings present few visual elements – two stacked, horizontal rectangles of differing heights and colors that are centered and aligned at the very top edge of a horizontal, panoramic canvas. The remaining areas of the paintings are left as exposed, woven linen. Brant’s new paintings elicit a sublime sense of emptiness, yet radiate with an ineffable presence and energy. Rendered in mostly subdued, unsaturated colors, such as white, pink, yellow, gray, and silver, her paintings present a striking visual clarity intended to center the mind and achieve emotional tranquility in the viewer.
About her ongoing studio practice, Brant states, “I want to mystify myself. I want to look at my own drawing or painting and say – what is that? – and feel mystified by it. I ask myself as I paint – what is a painting? Optically and psychologically it evokes a feeling as I view it. There may appear an implied illusionism of space, but it is the emotional space I want to enter, a pause from the world.” Regarding her new paintings included in this exhibition, Brant continues, “It’s a picture of the space that artists go to when creating their work. It’s a picture of the source.”
Guy Corriero’s new sculptures “Mostly I like working mucky, lumpy left-over clay with my hands…..squeezing and wrestling vessel/body forms into shape. Larger body/head forms sometimes grow handles or arms reaching up and over. It’s important that the pieces feel handmade, kind of thrown together. I like heavy, drippy glazes mostly blues and whites that don’t get in the way of the form”.
For further information about Sharon Brant and Guy Corriero, and available artworks, please contact the gallery.
917-270-2480 / 646-321-3419