Artist Mary Nelson Sinclair, whose first solo show debuted this week with Voltz Clarke gallery, credits her time working in textiles as the unexpected impetus for her move into fine art. As the former director of Vanderhurd, the 30-year-old painter always found a muse in the textures, layered patterns, and joyous colors of ancient Turkish, Pakistani, and Indian textiles. “I initially thought I wanted to create a collection of fabric based on my canvases,” Sinclair recalls, “but soon realized I wanted to work larger and create something truly atmospheric.” Now she finds herself in a Greenpoint studio every day, “surrounded by gallons of paint thinner and an innumerable amount of oil paint, charcoal, and pastels.”
As the show’s title “Uncovered” suggests, Sinclair has honed her ability to layer emotive colors and organic forms to achieve strikingly textural and dense paintings that are at times exuberant and joyful, and at other moments fraught with tension and brooding. It is this tension in life—architecture, history, personal moments—that she seeks to expose through her layered works. Inspiration comes from disparate sources, like a trip to Berlin where she “was struck by the juxtaposition of austere Communist-era architecture mixed with the remaining Neoclassical buildings that somehow survived World War II” to more local derivations—“peeled-away wheat-pasted posters on subway walls.” The layering, she contends, is really more of a process of uncovering. “It’s like completing a puzzle—finding something that was there before.”
Uncovered is on view until Monday, October 27, at Open Gallery Space, 355a Bowery, and afterwards by appointment only through Voltz Clarke gallery.
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