SASKIA FLEISHMAN | Light Forms
Pentimenti opens the fall season with a solo exhibition by SASKIA FLEISHMAN.
Fleishman’s paintings are a unique combination of interpretations of landscape photographs and geometric abstractions derived from the color studies in Josef Albers’, The Interaction of Color. The origin of the photos comes from trips Fleishman has been on recently and her family’s collection of images from the Chesapeake Bay area.
Fleishman’s painting (acrylic and sand on digitally printed chiffon) follows several processes of deconstructing the landscape. These entail flipping sections of the photograph upside down, tilting horizon lines, or cutting out parts of the image entirely. Within her paintings, the colored transparencies are created with chiffon and uniform acrylic paint application. The smoothness of the surface is contrasted by using sand which creates dimensionality in her paintings.
The ceramic sculptures on view in the project room do not conform to a formal structure or shape and are created with spontaneity, unlike the carefully calculated paintings. These vessels mimic landscape and accompany these paintings as natural forms. The silhouettes in her sculptures reference fragments of the natural world such as waves, raindrops, or rocks.
Saskia Fleishman received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. Her work has been exhibited at Unit London, London, UK; Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY; Goucher College Rosenberg Gallery, Baltimore, MD; Kates-Ferri Projects, New York, NY; Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA; Dinner Gallery, New York, NY; among others. In 2017, she received the Artist Merit Grant from Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. Her work is in the Fidelity Corporate Art Collection.