The various marks that collide in Sigrid Sandström’s paintings don’t settle into perfect unity. They simmer, alternately complementing and obscuring their neighbors. Sandström interleaves hard-edged opaque shapes with translucent washes, squeegeed smears and fast brushstrokes. She presses paint-saturated, creased pieces of canvas onto her surfaces to produce variegated fields of color. Although the emphasis is squarely on assembly – the nuts and bolts of Sandström’s process are right there on the surface – the accumulated layers wedge an unlikely depth into her paintings. Illusionistic rumples surge forward only to be restrained by thin, tape-like bands. A bright mist sits topmost in a composition while appearing to recede back into the canvas. The internal pressure – color over color, shape against shape – sustains a tentative, volatile space, and the paintings thrum with the experimental vitality of their making.
Sandström’s recent monograph The Site of Painting will be available for sale at the gallery. A 144 page full color catalogue published by Art and Theory Publishing, it includes essays by Risa Puleo, Katia Miroff and an interview with the artist and curator Zoe Whitley.
Sigrid Sandström was born in 1970 in Stockholm, Sweden and is currently Professor of Fine Arts at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. She studied at Cooper Union School of Art, Academie Minerva, Groningen, The Netherlands (BFA 1997), attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2000) and received an MFA in Painting from Yale University in 2001. She was an artist in residence at the Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts from 2001-2003. She has exhibited widely since then, with solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Houston and her native Sweden.