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Sarkin Work Featured on Landry & Arcari Rugs

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Embedded in this link is a video of the John Sarkin fish city rugs. Enjoy

Jon Sarkin’s Work Featured on Landry & Arcari Rugs.

 

The first two 8′ x 10′ Jon Sarkin rugs are finished and ready to ship to our Salem location. They should be here in a couple weeks! ‪#‎fishcityrugs‬

 

 

 

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“The Unchained Brain” at Open Door Gallery. Reception May 5, 2016 4-7pm

Jon Sarkin Exhibit “The Unchained Brain” at Open Door Gallery. Reception May 5, 2016 4-7pm

Posted Wednesday April 27 2016 at 07:14 am.
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John Sarkin painting - photo by Jared Charney

Photo by Jared Charney

Jon Sarkin is a prolific, even compulsive, artist who creates elaborate drawings and paintings.  After a life-altering brain injury, Sarkin became obsessed with drawing.  As the images kept coming, the artist unearthed some of the dark and unknown places in his brain.  He cannot stop.  He doesn’t want to stop.

Sarkin’s work has been exhibited in New York’s Museum of Modern Art, New England’s deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, VSA’s Open Door Gallery in 2012, and is displayed in private collections throughout the world.

Jon Sarkin – The Unchained Brain
Open Door Gallery
April 28 – July 29, 2016 9am – 5pm
Reception May 5, 2016 4-7pm

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Sarkin work for sale at Outpost 186

OUTPOST 186 is a new arts, media and performance space at 186 1/2 Hampshire Street in Inman Square, Cambridge. Outpost 186 hosts several ongoing series of experimental & improvised music performances, multi-media events, poetry readings and film, seven days a week, as well as periodic art exhibits. Open during scheduled shows or by appointment. Contact: Rob Chalfen – robchalfen@hotmail.com

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Outpost 186 Concerts & Events, September 2015

OUTPOST: 186 ½ Hampshire St., Inman Sq. Cambridge – All Shows All Ages


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Outpost regularly exhibits visual art! If you are an artist and would like to exhibit @ Outpost, please send your website url to robchalfen@hotmail.com, or arrange to show your portfolio. Outpost does not charge artists to display art.

CURRENT SHOW:      JON SARKIN – Fish City Studios, Gloucester Ma.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Sarkin at Work

Jon Sarkin has been painting for over 25 years. His life and work has been featured on the BBC, in The London Guardian, The Telegraph, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Art News, and galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Liverpool, and around the world.

In 1988 at the age of 35, Dr. Sarkin suddenly developed tinnitus as well as hyperacusis. In 1989, to alleviate the condition, he underwent surgery after which he incurred a cerebellar hemorrhage. Sarkin awoke from emergency surgery deaf in one ear, his vision splintered, and his balance permanently skewed. Neurologists told him his brain had been permanently changed. The neurons that were left had to make new connections and find new meaning.

Unable to maintain a semblance of his former life Sarkin became obsessed with drawing, the images kept coming, spilling out of some dark unknown place in his brain. He is unable to see the world as a whole and unable to ignore its infinite detail. He has no filters, no ability to slow things down and order the world into neat and orderly images and scenes.

His brain constantly tries to make sense of the world, as we all do, only Sarkin cannot stop. He does not want to stop. In fact, he is afraid to stop.

How does he do it when his needle is pinned forever in red? Well, first – he’s not concerned with what concerns the rest of us. His art doesn’t attempt to capture anything or tell you anything, but it does so by simply revealing what the artist experienced at the moment of creation. It’s pure and direct – holding up the roots of the thing – letting them dangle in their own dirt so you can see from where it comes.

Sarkin’s the original aboriginal searching for meaning in the Zen of repetition….but is it repetition or variation in a the guise of repetition? Are there really 46 moons in his cow? does it matter? Trust but verify? Take it on faith or do you really need to FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF
Sarkin’s art continues to rush forward from its unforeseen Big-a-Bang origin into a new and ever-expanding artistic universe. His runaway rocket ride is chronicled in Pulitzer Prize winning author Amy Nutt’s biography of Sarkin,Shadows Bright as Glass.

Jon Sarkin appears courtesy of Law & Water Gallery, Gloucester, MA

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Sarkin Featured in Gloucester Arts Now Video

Gloucester Arts Now

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What took you so long? Charney and DiGregorio

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Jon Sarkin

That flying fish didn’t as much speak to me; that wicked metallic tuna up and gaffed my psyche.

I’d never been to Gloucester. Not until an iron-cold January afternoon last year. Nor had I heard of artist Jon Sarkin.

Yet here I was, on Gloucester’s sinewy Main Street: The aforementioned brutalist sculpture, poised above Sarkin’s Fish City Studio had pulled me in as if it wielded some preternatural force.

Inasmuch, Jon Sarkin wasn’t making himself, or his art particularly accessible. The picture window that fronted Sarkin’s studio was all but hermetically veiled by Boston Globe pages: 30-year old broadsheets turned yellow-brown that straight-armed the casual observer, or mildly curious.

But that wouldn’t be my fate.

Craning my neck drastically to the right, I found a maybe two-inch gap in the window covering. Reposed against what appeared to be the rear of the narrow, hard-edged workspace, I could discern a hooded figure. The latter seemed more Unabomber than Hopper or Homer.

Before I knew it, some synchronous gyre, some unforeseen vortex had lifted me up the cement stoop. Pushing my way in the door, a debris field that spoke to an explosion of mad genius spread before me.

All over the wooden floor, on nine foot lengths of canvas stretched across facing walls, stacked haphazardly into every dusty corner lay Sarkin’s oeuvre: a distilling of Basquiat meets Steadman meets Fluxist-influenced paintings and sketches. Save for a few, all were stippled in bursts of verse, as though Sarkin sampled fellow Nor’easters Jack Kerouac and Jonathan Richman.

Noticing big dollops of bright paint on his sweatshirt, I knew this was Sarkin. Yet rather than introduce himself, he asked in a tone equally deadpan as it was bemused, “What took you so long?”

I’ve been in the thrall of Gloucester’s magus-conjurer ever since. —Michael DiGregorio

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Cape Ann TV’s Portrait Series Features Jon Sarkin

Cape Ann TV’s Portrait Series Features Jon Sarkin