SHIFTING FANCY OF THE CROWD | HOWARD SHERMAN | 25 MARCH – 6 MAY 2017
I have had a long-standing interest in creating paintings that mix muscular abstraction with a playful cartoonist sensibility. It is a marriage of gestural mark making and cartoonish figuration. The results have been commanding and humorous. While still “painterly”, I’m increasingly interested in making things that are raw and powerful. I want you to feel like you’re licking the live wire while you giggle.
My most recent work has grown out of large paper assemblages created three years ago. Though still viewed like two-dimensional paintings, the surfaces of those pieces felt more sculptural and tactile. Paper is ephemeral but those pieces were just the opposite. This new body of work continues that line of thought. The new paintings disrupt the surfaces using canvas instead of paper. Sometimes leaning heavily into collage, the new work repurposes scraps of old paintings as well as unprimed canvas to create something that feels even more primal and free. The small works on paper have always been important, too. Functioning much like an agile drawing practice, they continue to inform the larger pieces.