IN THE MEMBERS' GALLERY
Sarah Meyers Brent: Plant Monster
November 30, 2016-January 1, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, December 2, 2016, 5:30-8:00 pm
Special Event: Exercises for the Quiet Eye with Annie Storr: Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3:30 pm
Ooze III, paint, cloth, foam and mixed media on board, 53.5 x 66. 5 inches, 2016.
Plant Monster, acrylic on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2016.
Plant Monster III, acrylic on paper, 11 x 15 inches, 2016.
Plant Monster IV, acrylic on paper, 9 x 12 inches, 2016.
Plant Monster V, acrylic on paper, 9 x 12 inches, 2016.
Ode to Pregnancy, cloth, acrylic and mixed media on panel, 39 x 76 inches, 2014 (representative of work in progress).
Pushing the boundaries of the landscape as we know it, Sarah Meyers Brent presents works on paper and three-dimensional assemblage paintings that explode into the gallery space and creep along the wall. In studies on paper, the decaying forms—curly twists, hairs and protruding sticks—have a life-like quality even as they waste away. Assemblage paintings apply dirt, sand, dried leaves and flowers to surfaces built up with heavily impastoed paint and polyurethane foam. A flower explodes from the canvas and dirt oozes down the wall. Organic forms grow as they fall apart. Brent presents a landscape at once beautiful and abject, growing and decomposing.
Brent's works on paper are studies for larger paintings that will be presented during her inaugural exhibit at the Kingston main gallery in June.