Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Back and ready to roll, here comes Andrew Sendor

Every once in a while an event happens in your life that makes you take stock of everything you've ever known, experienced, or hope TO experience.

I've just gone through a personal loss in the past week with my grandmother's passing, but there's lots of art still to review in my own future.

I thought to myself, "Which should go first?"

Well, this was a no-brainer, given the artist's subject material.

At left, Andrew Sendor's brilliant foray into childhood melancholy, "Is there more to life than bread, blood & bicycles?" at Caren Golden Fine Art.

I was immeidately struck by Sendor's ability to juxtapose the commonplace sorrowful faces of turn-of-the-20th century photography with modern pop colors and design.

Each child is so precious, it actually brings to mind my own grandmother's pictures as a child.
(See image at right.)

There's such a loss of innocence throughout life.

These images capture such a moment that is fleeting.

Sendor's strength is definitely in his ability to encapsulate that moment of true purity; a quiet, wide-eyed enthusiasm for the future.

The little girl above seems all dressed up, but with nowhere to go.

Rothko-like gradiants of color beam about her, enveloping her very soul.

In this image below, Sendor again designs images of children similar in the ways the old Spanish masters would, (Think Velasquez's "Las Meninas") and makes us think of them as "lost little souls" in a dark, lonely and foreboding world.

Check out more of Sendor's work at Golden's website.

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.


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