FAIRFIELD COUNTY WEEKLY     1997 NOVEMBER 11

MAKING THE JOURNEY; THE LOFT ARTIST'S 17TH ANNUAL OPEN STUDIO

By L.P. Streitfeld

(excerpt from article below)

I returned to the warehouse a few days later to visit the studio of Sandy Garnett, who was in London painting landscapes in preparation for his upcoming exhibit at the Rich Forum on the day of my tour. Entering with the excitement of getting first peek at his new direction, I was confronted with a wall of landscape paintings stacked over a tarp. Garnett talked about his movement in  painting, like that of Desper's sculptures, from strictly representation figures to the abstract. While I looked around for signs of this transition, he retrieved paintings of elongated figures from various corners of the studio.  However, not until the landscapes were removed and the tarp thrown off did the dissolution of form become an explosion of something unpredictable and exciting in it's possibilities.  I was mesmerized by the large composition, which contained a group of hunched-over figures clustered around a reclining woman who appeared to be dead. I might have known the title before he told me:  "The Mourning."

 

 
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