In their effect, Sara Sizer’s new paintings can only be described as strangely auratic and enigmatic. We would seem to be looking at something incorporeal, not bound to any physical pigment; and yet, pictorial bodies, glowing from within.
Sara Sizer is no painter in the conventional sense – she adds no paint to her canvas. Her current pieces consist of bleached velvet. The artist uses monochrome textiles from which she leaches the dye, then to elaborate out of the material at hand the subtlest nu- ances for her pictures, proceeding much as a sculptor would.
In this way, Sizer creates pieces that oscillate between the painterly gesture and photographic precision; pictures which the absence of pigment as substance renders strangely incorporeal; objects whose velvety texture awakens an almost tactile desire to touch them.
It is almost impossible to say whether Sara Sizer’s pictures are closer to painting or for example the photogram, whether they are purely abstract or works whose subject is their own quality of having been made. It is precisely these questions as to the picture’s quintessential, proper existence that make it so appealing to enter into a dialogue with this artist’s work.
To accompany the exhibition a catalogue with a text contribution by Falk Wolf is being published by Distanz Verlag.