Olivia Drusin “Dark Humorism”


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SARDINE presents a solo exhibition of new paintings called DARK HUMORISM by Olivia Drusin.

Olivia Drusin paints minimal corporeal compositions that relate to visual phenomena, which unfold in the dark. Colors, washes, and gradients, combined with variations of the work’s content, situate the subject in atmospheric spaces to convey an underlying anxiety. The color relationships in the paintings are both harsh and subtle, producing vibrations that mimic the sense of grasping for an image in a dark space. Drusin examines the human body’s relationship to the way the mind works, and its descriptive response to the base amount of information one’s eyes are able to register in darkness.

The title DARK HUMORISM is a nod to the study of the four humors, the Ancient Greco-Roman system of medicine based on the four fluids of the body; it was believed that these fluids had a direct effect on a person’s overall health and temperament. In these new paintings, Drusin carves out bodies, caves, doorways, and ectoplasm portals to unknown landscapes.

Olivia Drusin lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art, and has recently been included in Laurel curated by Laurence Dujardyn, Tatiana Kronberg, and Rosemary Motley in Brooklyn, NY, and post-magic symbiosis, curated by Lacey Fekishazy at Matteawan Gallery in Beacon, NY. This is her first solo exhibition with SARDINE.



from November 18, 2017 to January 07, 2018

Closing Reception on 2018-01-07 from 13:00 to 16:00


Olivia Drusin

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