Cynthia Cooper & Ruth Sack
August 11 - 23, 2020
17 Water Street, Torrington CT 06790
Gallery Hours: Friday - Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. & by appointment
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to make an appt.
Opening Reception: Friday August 14, 1-6pm (masks and social distancing required)
Cynthia Cooper: Farmington, CT
Welcome to my new "parade" paintings in which I record the minutiae of my own life along with all else that happens in the world. I'm processing the current craziness into beauty which I hope viewers will experience along with me. The light-drenched and joyful curves in these paintings are my vocabulary for "moving in the right direction"... toward transformation. They depict an upward trajectory. They're hopeful. And rising. They show what I want for everyone. Come along!
Ruth Sack: Cheshire, CT
Art runs in my lineage. My mother’s mother was a fashion designer in Poland. She never worked from patterns. Like her, I never followed construction rules. As a young child I would use whatever materials were around, drawing on rocks not on paper, in middle school fabricating colorful dimensional forms made from cast Barbie heads and plastic turn tables. My favorite things were never flat, so it made sense to become a sculpture major in graduate school using wire caging and ripped nylon among other materials, combining the conventional with unconventional.
My early work was based on physical trauma, being a breast cancer survivor. Feeling hollowed out led to the development of visceral forms that when coiled from the inside, allowed beautiful structures to emerge, creating their own space and negating their own conventions. They reference letterforms such as cuneiform, hieroglyphics, and calligraphies. They are zigs and zags like x and Y-chromosomes, living organisms that together grow into a community of clustered shapes. Their proportions are body-like which occurs in lettering as a rule of thirds, like the letter E. They describe different sensibilities and are a new context for our political arena of language.
I am drawn to painting with encaustic for its versatility. It has magical abilities; being translucent, activated by heat, it can be cast, and can adhere to any surface while being able to embed things into it. It's a very process-driven medium, like cooking but better. Color is a driving force behind my work. Bright colors require different kinds of evocative thought. Fluorescents pop and illuminate light, enlivening the forms. I am pushing the limits of the materials I use to give an identity to my constructions.