Sarkin On Loom
Sarkin On Loom
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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CURRENT SHOW: JON SARKIN – Fish City Studios, Gloucester Ma.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
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
Check out the original article on Psychology Today
Though he eventually returned to his practice in 1990, Sarkin found dealing with clients emotionally and physically exhausting despite frequent rest breaks. He also spent more time “doodling” on his letterhead paper and eventually sold several doodles to the New Yorker. After selling his practice in 1993, he decided to devote his time to drawing and caring for his three children while his wife acted as his interface with the outside world. While his neurological symptoms never improved and despite bouts of depression, Jon Sarkin has established a reputation as an artist with his first New York art show in 2003 and a life story that has since been optioned by Tom Cruise’s movie production company.