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Sandra Caplan Metaphorical Transitions: Lost and Found in the Still Life
April 6, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Kinescope Gallery in collaboration with Fillmore
Projects is pleased to present Metaphorical
Transitions: Lost and Found in the Still Life, an
exhibition of charcoal drawings by Sandra Caplan,
opening April 6 from 5–7pm.
Working in situ in Le Marche, Italy, as well as recreating scenes after the fact back in NYC, Sandra Caplan composes rich, loaded
landscapes in charcoal from the still life. Patterned fabrics, ribbons, and the edges of fallen magnolia leaves are among the many objects
that become moving lines, which insinuate themselves into the drawings as lost and found unifying parts. Her subtle use of negative space
encourages this movement and recalls earlier work where Caplan used fabric ribbons (also on view) as device in a more minimal context.
Now those ribbons can be found in her dense, charcoal drawings, along with the white pastel lines that enrich the various tonalities.
The architecture of Le Marche occupies background space in many of these works. The enduring and hard-edged structures provide
a counterpoint to the fragile lifespan of the organic forms, which consume the page. Space and light are explored through the density
of forms in her drawings. In Caplan’s hands Redon’s assertion that “black is the most essential color” rings true — using charcoal she
captures not only the beauty inherent in the individual objects but also the spirit and intensity of her materials.
Sandra Caplan has shown her work in New York City at: Cast Iron Gallery, First Street Gallery, The Prince Street Gallery, The Brooklyn
Botanic Garden, Westbeth Gallery, Fordham University, and the World Financial Center. Her work has also been shown at Boston
University Gallery, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Glenbow Alberta Art Institute, and the Palazzina Azzura, among other international
locales. Awards and residencies include: The Canada Arts Council, The MacDowell Colony, and the Yale Norfolk Summer Program. She
has taught at MoMA, The Brooklyn Museum, The School of the National Academy of Design, and other prestigious institutions. Her work
is housed in private and corporate collections worldwide. Caplan earned MFAs from both Boston University and Yale University. She lives
and works in New York City and Italy.
The exhibition is viewable from the sidewalk daily noon to 9pm from April 6 through May 11, 2019 or by appointment.
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