Sascha Braunig at Foxy Production

Lorenzo Pereira

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The Foxy Production gallery in New York is organizing an exhibition of works by the American artist Sascha Braunig. The fascinating paintings by this Portland, Maine – based artist are moving the boundaries of visual perception. Her work is mainly focusing on portraits, characterized by surrealistic approach and luminescent abstraction. Usually representing humanoid heads, particularly female, her paintings have hypnotizing effect. It’s not only that luminous colors and swirling patterns provoke the hypnotizing effect in the viewer’s eye and brain. It’s also about the complexity of her paintings. In order to contextualize the subject matter, the viewer has to deconstruct multiple layers of techniques used in the composition. Sascha Braunig solo exhibition at the Foxy Production will show the latest works by this extraordinary artist.

 

Left: 30.5 x 22.9 cm. (12 x 9 in.) / Right: 35.5 x 25.4 cm. (14 x 10 in.)

Left: Sascha Braunig – Herringbone, 2011, acryla-gouache on paper / Right: Sascha Braunig – Nets, 2012, acryla-gouache on paper


 

The Art of Sascha Braunig

Sascha Braunig solo exhibition at Foxy Production will present a new series of oil paintings interpreting the female form. Braunig’s work is dealing with the female representation in general. The artist has truly unique style and she uses a different set of techniques. However, we could say that Braunig’s paintings are largely dominated by surrealistic approach. She weirdly transforms humanoid heads into hybrids of portraits. Braunig works from sculptures made of various materials, and she adds fabric, sequins and paint, transforming the form into a dreamy and hallucinogenic appearance. The subjects in her paintings are overlaid by patterns of intense colors. Braunig uses different shapes that are painted over the face, for example diamonds, circles, spheres. Yet, the geometrical forms are not the main feature of her compositions. The compositions are full of undefined, abstract shapes, depersonalizing the subject matter. She embellishes mannequin heads with stripes, reflective materials, sequins and lights them dramatically. As a result, we see the figures turning to be masks of an unknown persona, with futuristic, scientific and experimental elements.

 

Left: 81.3 x 61 cm. (32 x 24 in.) / Right: 17.5 × 15 in. (44.45 × 38.10 cm.)

Left: Sascha Braunig – Blue Loomer, 2013, oil on canvas over panel / Right: Sascha Braunig – Bonbon, 2014, oil on linen over panel


 

The Sascha Braunig Style

Sascha Braunig has very unique style and approach. Since the backgrounds of her paintings are usually vacant, the viewer cannot specify the context or the place. With shades of science fiction and surrealistic representation of the object, Braunig’s paintings can be quite disturbing. For example, the spheres that look like ping-pong balls are laid down into the eye sockets, or the wig with laminating color is put on a completely dehumanized figure. Yet, the paintings are so complex, that they certainly provoke a wide range of visual experiences.  With radiant and luminous colors dominating the composition, the paintings do have psychedelic effects, but beyond these impressions, a truly dialectic tensions appear as a dominating visual experience. From horror to glamour, the dream-logic of the Braunig’s compositions is fascinating. Sascha Braunig solo exhibition at Foxy Production will show a new series of oil paintings in which the artists concentrates on the interpretations of female form.

 

Left: 50.8 x 40.6 cm. (20 x 16 in.) / Right: 71.1 x 61 cm. (28 x 24 in.)

Left: Sascha Braunig – Orange Sucker, 2014, oil on canvas over panel / Right: Sascha Braunig – Fister, 2012, oil on canvas over panel


 

Sascha Braunig Solo Exhibition at Foxy Production

Braunig is interested in the ways women are imaged across all media, particularly within the conventions of painting. She considers the complex ways that texture, style and form can both restrain and liberate. Sascha Braunig solo exhibition at Foxy Production in New York will be on view from March 12th until April 18th.

 

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Left: 66 x 48.3 cm. (26 x 19 in.) / Right: 61 x 45.7 cm. (24 x 18 in.)

Left: Sascha Braunig – Untitled (Icy Spicy), oil on canvas over panel / Right: Sascha Braunig – Sticks Together, 2012, oil on canvas over panel


 

Left: 35.5 x 27.9 cm. (14 x 11 in.) / Right: 50.8 x 40.6 cm. (20 x 16 in.)

Left: Sascha Braunig, Edith, 2013, acryla-gouache on panel / Right: Sascha Braunig – Fruited, oil on linen over panel


 

Sascha Braunig - Surreal Selves. Installation view, Baltimore Museum of Art, 2013

Sascha Braunig – Surreal Selves. Installation view, Baltimore Museum of Art, 2013


 

Sascha Braunig - Wrister, Blister, Plaster. Installation view, Foxy Production, New York, 2013.

Sascha Braunig – Wrister, Blister, Plaster. Installation view, Foxy Production, New York, 2013.


 

 

All images: Courtesy the artist and Foxy Production, New York.

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