Sara Kane

Untitled, 2005, watercolour on paper, 35×25 cm

The work of Sara Kane ranges between the figurative and the abstract. Her paintings, she has said ‘are representations, but they are not always representational. They are abstractions, but they are not always abstract.’ Stark openings through colour plains; forms suggestive of grotesque creatures; cropped figures in motion and frankly tender representations of the body, make up the coinage of her pictorial language. A quality of ambiguity, through which she brings ‘murky worlds’ into being, underlies her work. This conspires to create a sense of uncertainty in the viewer. Counterbalancing these unsettling effects, her choice of palette, rich in primary colours applied with supple fluidity, layer over layer, remind the viewer of the spontaneous process of painting.

Whether we are looking at images suggestive of monstrous creatures, glimpses of forms evocative of fashionable dynamic figures out by night, or scenes of serene intimacy, Sara Kane’s work draws us into the border regions between the real and the imagined; between dream and nightmare. In doing so viewers are invited to interrogate their own perceptions of fantasy and reality. Do we see what is represented or what we want to see or what our subconscious suggests we see? Through the filters of Kane’s vision, what we see remains indelibly altered by the subtle undercurrents of ambiguity in her work

The artist has said of her work: ‘I want to turn the visible invisible. To erase what we think is real … and show it for the illusion it is.’

Mood, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 51×41 cm

Scarlet, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 51×41 cm

Mom, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 51×41 cm

Grab, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 51×41 cm

Mist, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 51×41 cm

Pass, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 51×41 cm

Corner 1, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 51×41 cm

Savior, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 51×41 cm

Hydra, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 56×46 cm

After, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 51×41 cm

Head and heart, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 51×41 cm

Sara Kane lives and works in Long Island City, New York. She studied at Parsons School of Design, Paris and at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited regularly in Europe and America since 1994 and has had solo exhibitions at: Velocity Gallery, Williamsburgh, Brooklyn (1998) and at Galerie Michael Nef, Frankfurt-am-Main (2001). She has been in group shows at: Galerie Van Gelder, Amsterdam (1994); Here, New York (1995); Velocity Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (1998); Galerie Michael Neff, Frankfurt-am-Main (2000); Thomas Erben Gallery, New York (2000); Chase Freedman Gallery, West Hartford, CT (2001); ATM Gallery, New York (2002); KS Art, New York (2004); Spruth Magers Projekte, Munich (2004); Exit Art, New York (2005); Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY (2007).