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Assessment: Deanna Sirlin’s present at Chastain Gallery is a love tune to color and coloration

Deanna Sirlin, whose Wavelength exhibition of latest work is on show at Chastain Gallery by October 28, has develop into internationally recognized for her spectacularly massive C-print transparencies consisting of digitally rendered bands of coloration, overlaid on massive home windows to change the expertise of seeing, on a number of ranges directly. (Full disclosure: Sirlin is a frequent ArtsATL contributor.)

Two items at present on show relate to the science behind the expertise of coloration and to the subject of local weather change: Borders of Mild and Water stays in place in Venice by November 27 at the side of the Venice Biennale, and a associated piece, Watermark, is on view within the Crosland Tower of the Georgia Tech library by 2022. Each works work together with their environment in a number of methods, filling the inside structure with coloured gentle and remodeling the outside scene when considered by the transparencies.

Wavelength, nonetheless, returns firmly and spectacularly to Sirlin’s origins as a painter, presenting a 2020-2022 physique of labor as a single set up. That is additional anchored by a collaborative video with Portuguese filmmaker Nuno Veiga that recontextualizes Sirlin’s transparencies; it units them in fluid movement with overlaid wave patterns resembling the reflections made by gentle falling on our bodies of water.

The video fills the bigger a part of the wall on the doorway aspect of the gallery, so it’s not seen to the viewer on first coming into. What’s seen, and sudden, is a set of work that glow vividly in distinction with the darkish gray of the gallery partitions.

Sirlin’s “Lengthy For”, 2020, acrylic on canvas, is an instance of her mastery of coloration.

This presentation of Sirlin’s artwork conveys in paint the advanced emotional impact of her work involving coloured gentle, however in fact it’s the opposite means round right here. Her immense transparencies rework the results initially conveyed by her specific deployment of paint.

At Chastain, although, the size of her light-filled installations is replicated by transmuting the gallery itself right into a car that unites the totally different sizes of the work. Scale issues, however right here it issues in a different way.

And paint issues. These acrylics on canvas all include horizontal bands of various colours of paint. Inside that restrict, nonetheless, the results made potential by the adroit dealing with of the medium are exhibited in virtually dizzying selection.

Thinly or thickly utilized, gesturally or sometimes with meticulous flatness, these works are a type of love tune to the glories of paint as a cloth medium that, at its finest, captures all of the subtleties and blunt affect of coloration when it’s projected from a clear supply.

The title Wavelength inevitably suggests the physiology of coloration itself, which reaches our eyes within the type of particular wavelengths of sunshine rays.

A method or one other, it’s all about gentle, and the way gentle interacts with matter, whether or not clear or solidly opaque.


Dr. Jerry Cullum’s evaluations and essays have appeared in Artwork Papers journal, Uncooked Imaginative and prescient, Artwork in America, ARTnews, Worldwide Journal of African-American Artwork and plenty of different standard and scholarly journals. In 2020 he was awarded the Rabkin Prize for his excellent contribution to arts journalism. 



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