Sherman Sam

Rubicon Gallery

Sherman Sam’s paintings are small—none of the eight exhibited in his most recent exhibition, “Let’s stay together,” reach sixteen inches in either direction—but you can easily get lost in them. They are labyrinths in hyperspace, taking unexpected twists and turns that make it difficult to see one’s way out. Hyperspace is, in its most venerable definition, a space of more than three dimensions, and in this case the fourth dimension is color. This is not to say that Sam, a painter born in Singapore and based in London, is what one would normally call a colorist. In the perennial differend between line and color, his interest seems to be more focused on the former—but he has a canny way of using color to make more room for the movements line embodies.

The nine drawings in the show can only make more room by effacing themselves, as can be seen in some of the most recent examples, in which the

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