In Braman's work references to Gordon Matta-Clark's cut buildings are spliced with Sol LeWitt's minimal cubes, Cy Twombly's emotional mark-making and anonymous graffiti from urban city streets. Her sculptural and painterly language combines clean and dirty, real world and spiritual in an almost effortless suspension. The works evoke an atmosphere that is heavy and light, tangible but also invisible. Personal references to transformation and abstraction are implied via the written language she develops for the titles and inscribes on the surfaces of the painted works. Days of the week, calendar months and greetings impart time and personality to the works, allowing viewers a narrative space in which to animate the abstract forms they are faced with.
Recent solo shows include Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, 2011; Indian Summer, Le Confort Moderne, Institute d'Art Moderne, Paris, 2010; Love Songs, Museum 52, New York, 2009; and Sarah Braman with Joe Bradley, Dicksmith Gallery, London, 2007. Recent group shows are The Shape We're In, Zabludowicz Collection, New York, 2011; Lisbon Biennial, Lisbon, 2010; The Shape of Things to Come: New Sculpture, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2010; Float, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, 2009; History Lessons: Part Three, Gavin Brown's Passerby, New York, 2005. Braman is co-director of CANADA Gallery, New York.
SARAH BRAMAN was born in Tonawanda, NY, in 1970. She currently lives and works between Massachusetts and New York.