Sara Genn

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 13th, from 6–8 pm
Gallery Location: 141 East 62nd Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10065
Hours:  Monday – Friday, 10 am–6 pm, Saturday by appointment
Contact Info: , 212.933.0291, voltzclarke.com

Voltz Clarke Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Sara Genn. The gallery will host an opening reception with the artist in attendance on Thursday, September 13th from 6-8 pm

Growing up in a 1959 post and beam in Canada and now living in a 1960 mid-century home in California, Sara Genn has a unique connection to place that can be identified throughout different series of her work. For Genn, a landscape is something of a self-portrait.

Genn’s Japanese maternal heritage has strongly influenced her execution and themes. This minimalist aesthetic embodies the principles of asperity and imperfection – most specifically, Wabi-sabi. What this idea basically proposes is that subjects are often at their most beautiful when they are in a state of organic decay, such as elders, wilted flowers, and raku pottery.

To further the idea that nothing lasts and nothing is perfect, Genn does not use any mechanical aids to make her paintings – no tape, no straight edge. She makes sure to prime her canvas with a watery gesso and uses a mattifier in her paint to create the appearance of a surface so flat that the viewer is almost capable of looking into it. As an end result, Genn’s paintings point to balance, austerity, rhythm, space, and a feeling of harmony.

Based in New York City since 2003, Sara Genn was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1972 and graduated with a BFA from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario. Her paintings have been featured in The New York Times, The Toronto Arts Council, House and Home, NYLON Japan, Town and Country, W, Domino, American Art Collector, New York Magazine, LONY and Tatler.

Multi-talented, Sara Genn is also a composer and independent recording artist, certified Gold in France, and blogs about art to over 50,000 global subscribers.