In her new work, now on view at Gallery Henoch, Sharon Sprung continues to explore complex figurative arrangements set against vivid textiles. Largely inspired by dresses and tapestries made by the Hmong culture, Sprung investigates how the repeated forms of these textiles, which are then mimicked within the composition by her models, influence our way of seeing. The curled female in Callas elegantly echos the floral arrangement viewed throughout the tapestry. Notice, for instance, the two wings of the female's kimono branching out, imitating the carpet pattern in the top left corner of the composition. The painting, like all of Sprung's oeuvre, has a delightful balance of grace and sensuality.
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Sharon Sprung, Callas, 2014, Oil on Panel, 40" x 40"
Sharon Sprung, Z With Dragon, 2014, Oil on Panel, 22" x 28"
Eric Zener's work often depicts people submerged deep beneath the surface of a body of water, suggesting a kind of meditative, almost primordial state of consciousness. Zener's current solo show at the gallery also features two works that show the turbulence above the surface: the splash. At once abstract and figurative, these works capture a singular moment in time that would otherwise pass by in an instant. The splash, unique as a shape onto itself, stands in as a kind of symbol for the person who just dove beneath the surface in search of that serene, contemplative space.