The Work of Sharon Weiner: A Meditative Ambience for Associative Play

Walking through the warehouse studio of Sharon Weiner one sees a spectrum of luminescent color splashes. The artist’s working process facilitates controlled accidents, frozen in glossy sheaths of resin. The fluid mechanics of the paint medium are spills with impact sites. One may recall the 1936 “Coronet” strobosphere flash photograph of a milk droplet taken at high speed, “seeing the unseen.” Acrylics are regulated from single to a tricolor process and complementary opposites emerge, like fusion and dispersal. Coats of milky opaque paint to semi translucent shapes spread, bloom, and float.

A pyrotechnic display of whipped reds, cool nautical blues, and glowing amethysts are set against deep cosmic or oceanic blacks. Colors are hypnotic or medicinal elixirs that seduce the viewer into an internal world of free associative play: milky seas, rose petals, brushed silk, a marbleized blue earth. Sharon’s colors lure to attract – like deep sea creatures that emit an internal light. As the viewer is immersed in what feels like a biological light, the shiny surface mirrors the room around the viewer. The works are referred to as installations. Each surface treatment on canvas creates a meditative ambience.

More than a mood, the work is a study in imagination and consciousness. Hesitant to divulge personal interpretations, Sharon welcomes the viewers to describe their thinking processes openly. Both artist and viewers can engage in a deeply creative state. Color becomes an agent to get us there. The artist through her work cultivates a moment for non-judgmental awareness, suspension of logical thought. In an art world distracted by the “perpetual now”(1) of viral videos, hot button issues, the “buzzing static of the moment”(2)  here is an artist whose painting installations invite contemplation.

1. “Perpetual Now” Huffington Post article written by Ariania Huffington

2. Simon Schama’s “Power of Art” documentary- Mark Rothko, part 7 of 7

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