CURRENT EXHIBITIONS:New Drawings:Sara Schneckloth & Erin WiersmaSOHO20 Gallery
, New York, NY
February 28 - March 23 2013
Opening Reception: February 28, 6-8pm
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Art Gallery - RVCC, Branchburg, NJ
February 15 - March 8 2013
Artists Talk: February 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Reception: February 22, 6:30-8 p.mPress Release
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Essay by Thomas Bell, Kansas State University, 2012.
Erin Wiersmas work explores and challenges our notions and everyday experience of time/space, the heady place where time slows down, becomes elastic, or stops altogether. It explores motion and gesture to create its own wordless language and geography. The motifs in her paintings, the character and heart of them emerge, even to her, over time. It is as though she works in some place below consciousness, where the intuitive reveals the scheme in its own time. Her finished works, then are not unlike a musical score in an oblique notation where each mark, gesture, drip, drag, smudge, and the spaces in between represent the rhythms, motion, thoughts, sound, tonal color and silence that formed and inform each work.
This non-linear approach is embodied in her desire to reach past ordinary time and get to the spiritual, a state outside of time, where the present, past, and future all lie on the same continuum and the present transcends conventional notions of chronos. Her time-based works draw the viewer into their free of time world and their wordless language invite the viewer to let go of time and all things linear to enter their contemplative stillness and stand in an eternal present, untethered from the constructs of time, bodies, schedules, lifes almost constant distractions.
The importance of Erin Wiermas paintings, like the best non-representational works, lies in their intricate use of space and emotive idiom. In order to enter the world of these works, the viewer, whether a seasoned curator or newcomer to the style, must yield to their outside-of-time universe. There is also something of the minimal in her works. They are almost entirely black and white and grey, with only very rare appearances of any other colors. In some sense, they could be conceived as an obscure calligraphy, but instead of characters, they record a history, in and of each piece, in a language of calculated, then improvised longing. A longing to know, to translate unutterable experience, to inhabit sublime, intuitive, contemplative, intimate silence. Her works invite one into an experience that, while not empirical, is as real as gravity. Those rare moments where time stops for us. Those moments that are so important, so crucial that we are, finally, entirely present and it doesnt matter what else may be going on. Those moments when we suspect there is something more going on in life than we normally have time to even consider.