In January 2019 we visited New York City-based artist Sharon Lawless in her East Village studio to talk about her work. In a wide-ranging three-part conversation we discuss her origins, influences and her path forward.
In collages and sculptures Sharon Lawless manipulates spatial and structural frameworks with both found and purchased materials, like product packaging, wrapping paper, fake fur, sheet metal, old book bindings, altered pages from auction catalogs and plaster casts of product packaging, among others as she contemplates on the nature of perception.
Sharon Lawless uses found materials — discarded packaging, paint samples, wrapping paper and altered pages from auction catalogs — in her manipulation of two modern traditions, collage and geometric abstraction as she explores the tension between accident and control and how this tension effects perception.
Steady-State is the latest manifestation of Sharon Lawless's exploration of chance and the resulting relationships, conflicts and insights associated with the juxtaposition of unrelated images culled from her extensive collection of scientific manuals, horticulture and botanical catalogs, maps and popular magazines. Included in the exhibition will be a site specific installation of framed and unframed collages and wall drawings. It will also feature a new series of block prints based on her collages that visualize scientific principles about steady states and creep.
Sharon Lawless explores the tension between random accidents and planned control in her paintings and collages on paper. This exhibition, which is her first with the gallery, will focus on her paper collages and a new body of wood block prints she derives from the collages.