San Francisco, United States -
Looking With Sherie Franssen
At her beautiful painting "Red Tempest" at Dolby Chadwick Gallery.
The paintings in this show exhibit a newfound looseness and sensuality, as if Franssen’s gestures have realized an innate trajectory of soft curves and sweeping turns. This painterly unfettering parallels Franssen’s desire for the works to be cinematic, to provoke a sense of urgency—even darkness—but at the same time to be intimate. Playing with light and dark helps her achieve this emotional register.
In Red Tempest (2016–17), for instance, shadows are caught deep in the composition’s recesses, occasionally breaking free and zipping across the predominately red, almost technicolor surface in a bid for freedom. They are counterpoised, however, by bright, often white marks that act as a foil and shift the drama by adding nuance and complexity. Here, we feel the tug between inner and outer, between build-up and resolution, and between shadow—an inevitable part of life—and light. This and other works offer a solid statement about how the artist feels, and about what it means to feel, even if we cannot always completely account for those feelings.