Fight to Flight
It’s fair to say that most humans on the planet have felt the effects of love at one point in their life. They’ve felt both the highs and lows, as love is a package deal that comes with the possibility of the beautiful feelings we naturally associate with love as well as the darker side: pain, loss and devastation, which are as fundamental to love as the beautiful feelings.
Sarah Folkman address’s the darker side of love in her new body of work, titled Experiments in Flight that is part of a three-person show, Flight and Fable, opening at Corey Helford Gallery on May 21st in Los Angeles.
Noting the dissolution of her marriage as the catalyst for the paintings, the result is something of a journal of her journey from torment to destruction to rebirth finding herself on the other side of what anyone who has lived through it knows it’s something that seems like an impossible or impassable time.
The paintings deal with singular emotions and struggles of the subject. Experiments in Flight presents nude female figures lying vulnerable and in transition coupled with a variety of birds that both assist and loom, depending on the painting and likely depending on the struggles Folkman was experiencing while the work was being created, as the work was painted during the collapse of her personal life that the work addresses.
The torment which is seen in Static Propulsion as the figures seem to writhe in the struggle as many of us have done on sleepless nights in the throes of heartache. Arranged in seemingly propeller-shape, one can see the reference to flight as well as the dizzying spiral of descent.
Transparency seems to find its way into many of the paintings, most apparently in Glider, with the wood grain of the painted surface showing through, leading us to question the fragility of love or perhaps the fading of tragedies that were once vibrant. The slight hint of blue veins can be seen in most of the women’s exposed skin, adding an additional element of transparency of both human nature and the fragility of humans, as well as their aforementioned love.
Folkman’s use of birds comes from the apparent references of freedom and departure and is strengthened by her strong love for birds, that she described as almost obsessive. This nicely balances out the heavier aspects of their portrayal as a means of escape in Lift Off and even as patient vultures acting as oppressors in Grounded.
This beautifully painted body of work takes us through various stages of the artist’s emotions and perceptions that are easily relatable and will surely force reflection of your own experiences with love.
Flight and Fable
Sarah Folkman, Krista Huot and Isabel Samaras.
May 21st – June 8th
Opening Reception May 21st 7-10pm
Corey Helford Gallery 8522 Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA 90232 T: 310-287-2340
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