COMMENTS BY LORRI BERENBERG, CURATOR FOR SHOW IN BOSTON
Jon Sarkin: Line by Line showcases three series of works by the artist:
large-scale mixed media portraits dramatically rendered on sheets of
unstretched canvas; intimately drawn pastel portraits on board; and mixed
media drawings on canvas that burst with a combination words and images.
Often working from photographs, Sarkin¹s large portraits are richly textured
with layers of flowing lines and colors. The results are both raw and
beautiful. As if taking a breather from the physical and emotional energy
necessary to create these paintings, the smaller canvases reveal themselves
more like stream of consciousness. In contrast to the portraits, these
works are crowded with names of famous artists and writers, references to
music and popular culture, and mysterious cartoon-like characters
challenging the viewer to piece together the puzzle for themselves.