The June Kelly Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new painting by Sarah Plimpton in which she explores relationships among unembellished abstract geometric forms in muted colors. The exhibition opens on February 1 and will remain on view through March 5.
Plimpton’s new work reflects her unrelenting dialogue between negative and positive as she buttresses provocative shapes against contrasting fields of undefined space. Her simple robust constructs appear as color-tinted silhouettes isolated by the surrounding fields that translate as mirror images or echoes of the shapes themselves.
For Plimpton there is no actual rendering of the empty space. Rather it is her outlining of enigmatic abstract forms that contribute to shaping and creating the dynamism of the forms with new notions of stability. Unlike earlier work in which symmetry and spatial boundaries were challenged by abstract shapes that shift, float and randomly connect in isolated space, Plimpton’s paintings now provide a vision of a void and unusual forms that interact with each other.
Plimpton still effects within the spatial borders of her canvases an “atmosphere-shrouded surface,” in which geometric forms are infused with the mystery created by counter-tensions, tilting, swerving, the ambiguity of the void—not so much the colliding of geometric forms but rather an awareness of the arrangement within her compositional structure and the harmony of color and form.
While Plimpton’s paintings continue to challenge easy reading, seeming to emphasize destabilization and resist orientation, to some extent they now offer evidence that she has found a new role for both space and form.
Plimpton, who is a poet as well as a painter, is a native of New York City. She received a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and attended Harvard Medical School before moving to Paris, where she lived for 19 years. She also studied at Pratt Graphics Center in New York.
Her work has been shown in exhibitions in New York, Paris and Zurich. She is represented in many important public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Heckscher Museum, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, Columbia University Rare Books and Manuscript Library, The Harris Collection at Brown University, New York Public Library and the Library of Congress.