Two artists have teamed up to mount a unique and thought provoking show at the Pattern Shop Studio in the RiNo Art District. Called “Double Vision”, the exhibit features new work by Sharon Brown and Susan Planalp, old friends who decided to paint and draw images from Susan’s childhood. Sharon has painted watercolors based on Susan’s old family photos; Susan has created multimedia drawings that express how her childhood felt from the inside. Both explore the mercurial nature of memories.
Sharon Brown is well known for evocative oil paintings of ordinary people in ordinary situations captured momentarily in family photographs that have often been thrown away. Many of her paintings grow out of faded, black and white images from the 1940’s; the era during which Susan’s family took the snapshots that Sharon has used for this exhibit. Her choice of watercolor on paper instead of oil on canvas is a return to her childhood practice and the paintings have a certain transience and perishability, like the memories they depict. Also like memories, her subjects float on a sea of white space.
Susan Planalp lets her unconscious lead her work. Figures are surrounded by darkness, erasures and blurry fields. Innocuous items such as a doll’s dress or a pair of mittens appear and disappear in swirls of ink and smudges. Every work holds surprises that draw you in and inspire wonder.
Double Vision challenges viewers to think about their own evanescent childhood memories, the nature of memory itself, and the role of art in representing memory.
Rex Brown, Pattern Shop Studio