Finally there’s a breath of levity and the bright blazing euphoric palette instead of the matte boring mundane or insane as Sarah Braman featured the latest panel paintings and sculpture work for her showYou Are Everything.
It is everything you’d like in a gallery show where bright is right. The found objects like bunk bed frames, half of a junkyard vehicle, and assorted furniture got the spray paint treatment and jumbled with translucent forms in hues of pink, blue or purple punched up the utilitarian essence of the material. There was one piece where the Plexi-glass colored block fused with a tree trunk. The manufactured buttressed against the natural in what could be the mutant child of Donald Judd and George Nakashima. Oh but what a lovely baby!
Hand dyed fabric in sunset colors combined into the mélange provide the warm portal into hidden nooks or rooms where viewers can let the harsh outside world slip away. One can lounge on the carpets or cozy up to read a book. The painted panels were the precise cheerful punch that related to the large-scale sculptures.
After a season of clapboard construction, raw edged, destructed and Zombie Formalism – this was refreshing to see well-crafted ebullience brimming to the surface. Braman constructed playful forms that are solid yet quirky in its off kilter placement. There can be no half-ass execution as the glaring white walls and lights of the gallery bare all, well pretty much everything.
Braman in her masterful craft weaved or rather created this series with everything in her arsenal. It is paramount for an artist to expose their thoughts and express them in stark naked truth. Therein lies the magic and wonder of it all as everything is nothing like we’d seen in a while. In the desolate terrain of continuously confounding shows where material and execution can’t meet happily – this is one joyful union!
Sarah Braman: You Are Everything
On View: March 10 – April 16m 2016
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday (10 am to 6 pm)
Mitchell, Innes & Nash. 534 West 26th Street. NYC, NY 10001
Photography by: Olya Turcihin
Art Review by: Oscar A. Laluyan