Paddy Johnson at Time Out New York: Sharon Louden

by Art Fag City on November 1, 2007 Reviews

Sharon Louden, Hedge, 2007
Sharon Louden, Hedge, 2007

I wrote a review on Sharon Louden’s exhibition at Oliver Kamm this week at TimeOut Magazine, which also handily appears on their website.

Sharon Louden's ability to marry organic forms with synthetic materials succeeds on more levels than even she might like. Just last year, the artist found herself in a legal battle with Yahoo over an outdoor piece she created for the company's Silicon Valley HQ, in which real wetland grass was planted on a lawn surrounding the building along with artificial “reeds” made of steel wires tipped with reflective material. When the grass became overgrown, the company mowed it, damaging the work in the process. While Louden's return to painting here may not be related to this experience, her renewed interest in a more conservative medium does make some sense, given the context.

A testament to the importance of variation in surface and gesture, Louden's latest series of carefully controlled paintings on wood seduces with the application of pigment alone. The artist builds small clusters of swooping colored outlines and pools of black enamel paint upon a uniform background. The shapes resemble plant life, paper clips or maybe unrolled film. (Similar forms are featured in her animation work, where they look like strips of celluloid without the sprockets.)

To read the full review click here.

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