Commentary about the history of abstraction aside, Sanchez’s paintings shine for their emphasis on the simple beauty of his squares. Each has been painted in “ultramarine blue,” a vivid hue that entrances the eyes. Sanchez applies paint thickly, giving the forms a rich texture that suggests an endless abyss or, perhaps, the depths of the ocean. Taken together, the canvases come across as tiny square portals into otherworldly realms.
Rounding out the show is a series of delicate paintings on sketchbook paper, most of them tacked directly to the wall. Each shows a few strips of (painted) masking tape arranged to make a shape. Here, it is almost as if Sanchez is playing a game, exploring how many different compositions he can make from the barest essentials. In both groups of works, Sanchez turns the tools of painting into abstract compositions, blurring the lines between object and process, representation and abstraction.