New York

Sharon Brandt

O.K. Harris

Sharon Brandt’s canvases at O.K. Harris are demanding and complex works as well. For Brandt, in contrast to Joan Synder, less is more.These are sparse paintings in terms These are sparse paintings in terms terms of impact, because their surface has been mobilized so effectively with minimal means. The artist works with the premise of an exquisite, almost colorless texture created by using a polyester resin to stain the canvas. She then strives to toughen the atmospheric image by the incorporation of a few lines, placed as compositional organizers on or under the translucent resin.

Line and surface aren’t always tuned to each other. When line is too aggressive, too explicitly the drawing of a shape, it splits off from its surface and doesn’t interact. Instead it overshadows the delicate, caring beauty of her soft tracings—achieved by rubbing dirt and dust and sometimes dry or sprayed pigment

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