san-francisco

Sylvia Lark

Jeremy Stone Gallery

Sylvia Lark’s strongest abstractions spring from a tension between expression and containment. Over the past several years her monoprints have developed into richly evocative images. Frequently, a multiply printed organic shape and a solid background, both in layered clear colors, are the foundation for judicious strokes of pastel or oil stick. The compositions strike a precise balance between form, space, and marks, and often suggest a psychically “centered,” radiant presence emitting sparks of pure energy.

Lark’s first paintings, comprising the bulk of this show, dramatically switch her palette from light-filled hues to darker, hotter ones. Their higher contrast and the overall texture of larger, denser brushstrokes accentuates the emotionality. In most the focus has changed from ethereal atmospheres to emphatic expression. Several of these initial works on canvas lack the nuances of

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