Bits of rose, washes of yellow, and swatches of grey stand apart on a large white wall. Bright and diverse flowers breathe vitality into figural forms. Fragments of black lead each artwork back to the narrative. Not unlike clashing ideologies or feuding families, each painting or drawing has a voice but is more powerful as one.
Artist Amy Sillman commingles ideas of duality, tradition, and rebuilding in her latest artworks. Her exhibition Twice Removed brings to our attention a reality of “trying to make a new language out of a bunch of spare parts.”
Patches of shape and color are underpinned with movement. Thick and thin sweeping strokes create layers. Sillman’s gestural roots are at the forefront. Her use of black sets the mood. The subjects create hope in the dark. Can the parts come together?
Ruminating on her own history, the world at large, and improvisation, Sillman has created a story, “So I was thinking about painting as an unrolling of time—both my own genealogy and the way I wanted to unfurl paintings and drawings in long horizontal sequences around the room.”
Split 2 (2020) draws me in. It is an individual that sings amongst a grey palette. It is a deconstructed flower with hard edges. It lives in harmony with the artworks.
Lines of green, red, white, and black set off smears of salmon. With each closer look, different pieces reveal themselves. Much like the small tiger lily painting (Untitled, 2020) next to it, Split 2 (2020) blooms with melancholy. Perhaps it is a bright memory in Sillman’s narrative.
Sillman’s artworks have made me think about my narrative. How experiences or pieces have shaped me as an individual. Should we use all of our pieces together? Can our individual fragments overcome the deafening discord?
She has illuminated the power of the individual but also the power of community. And the importance of the story we still have to write.
See Twice Removed.
To view Amy Sillman’s Twice Removed go to: https://www.gladstonegallery.com/exhibition/6800/twice-removed/installation-views
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