Sunset, Saudade Station

02.19.17 – 03.26.17

SEAN SULLIVAN
Sunset, Saudade Station
February 19 – March 26, 2017
Opening reception: Sunday, February 19, 4 – 7pm

Sunset, Saudade Station—The Work
“This body of work began taking shape sometime in the twilight of 2016 – late summer, early fall. As a citizen of the world, the raw, collective tumult made for more than one sleepless night. As an artist, it was pure gold. Not since the 1930‘s has the world been so divided, so fractured. Full of emotion, intellectual and moral debate, the world was choosing sides and in the process filling the ether with energy. All one had to do was raise the antennae and tune in the signal. I had chosen my side and as is my usual M.O., I began searching out a musical counterpoint from which to coax out the visuals. This time around it was an eclectic mix of Yiddish Klezmer, Peruvian and Russian Folk with a strong side of Eighties, Romantic Pop – think Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ and Berlin’s ‘Take My Breath Away’—sunset music at it’s best. Pure emotion, math and melody. The work that came out is meandering at best, full of starts and stops. But, it is my hope that it translates into something meaningful and moving and ultimately, if I’m lucky, something untranslatable and unidentifiable much like the word *Saudade.

Technically speaking it’s both an arrival and a departure. An arrival because it picks up where I had left off—a return to the oil on found paper transfer drawings I began making in 2010, but had turned my back on in recent years in search of newer paths. After making my peace with the technique I began to push it in an effort to harness the emotions and thoughts that were coming at me. I was craving Color with a capital C. Big time. It felt important – politically, even morally to push and use color – to include as much of it as I could – to find, identify and celebrate the outsider, the refugee – the idea of ‘Otherness’. At the same time I began to paint with a brush again—something I hadn’t done in years. Needless to say, I was hooked—it freed me up for looser explorations of color, material and most importantly – emotion.”
— Sean Sulllivan, 2017
*Saudade: a Portuguese and Galician term, untranslatable in English, means a deep state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.

Sean Sullivan approaches drawing and printmaking as a recording process akin to and inspired by early American photography and musical recordings. These early recordings allow one to not only experience the intention of the makers, what they thought and how they felt, but also the errant details of the atmospheric conditions in which they were made. Those marks beyond their control. Together, the limitation of technology and the weight of time produce artifacts of otherworldly tone and mystery. The process he employs attempts to invite similar unknowns. The drawings are relatively simple in structure and execution. They are made quickly with a ballpoint pen, a ruler, and a homemade version of large scale carbon paper (oil paint applied to paper). The result is a primitive transfer process that ‘records’ in oil paint, not only the intended lines of the drawing, the ideas themselves, but just as importantly, the unpredictable marks of chance.

Sean Sullivan has shown throughout the Northeast; he will be featured in a show in May, 2017 at 57w57arts in New York. Sean Sullivan lives with his family in Saugerties, New York.

  • Sean Sullivan

    Saudade Station (2017)

    oil on found paper, 15 × 11 inches

  • Sean Sullivan

    Ballot Box (Blue) (2016)

    oil on found paper, 11 × 8.5 inches

  • Sean Sullivan

    Pills, Prayer, Water (2016)

    oil on found paper, 15 × 11 inches

  • Sean Sullivan

    Parrish (Red) (2016)

    oil on found paper, 7 × 8.5 inches

  • Sean Sullivan

    A Field, Stars Above (Night & Day) (2017)

    oil on found paper, 17 × 12 inches

  • Sean Sullivan

    Open City (Fever), (2017)

    oil on found paper, 15 × 11 inches

  • Sean Sullivan

    Tile, Saudade Station (2016)

    oil on found paper, 15 × 11 inches

  • Sean Sullivan

    Charms (for Travel) (2016)

    oil on found paper, 13 × 9.5 inches

  • Sean Sullivan

    Flower Seller, Saudade Station (2016)

    oil on found paper, 15 × 11 inches

  • Sean Sullivan

    Rush, Rush, Rush Hour, Saudade Station (2017)

    oil on found paper, 11 × 15 inches

  • Sean Sullivan

    Amoeba (2016)

    oil on found paper, 36 × 46 inches

  • Sean Sullivan

    Family Ties (2016)

    oil on found paper, 7.5 × 11 inches

  • Sean Sullivan

    Flag (2016)

    oil on found paper, 15 × 11 inches

  • Sean Sullivan

    Folktales (2016)

    oil on found paper, 11 × 15 inches

  • Sean Sullivan

    Monuments to What (2017)

    oil on found paper, 8 × 11 inches

  • Sean Sullivan

    Border Town No.2 (2017)

    oil on found paper, 13 × 19 inches

Current

Jason Karolak

Slow Talkers

04.02.17 – 05.06.17

offspace

Melissa Pokorny

Call If You Need Me

04.02.17 – 05.06.17

Archive

offspace

Paul Erschen

Cloven

02.19.17 – 02.25.17

Sean Sullivan

Sunset, Saudade Station

02.19.17 – 03.26.17

Peggy Casey

Gun Shadows

01.08.17 – 02.11.17

Matt Phillips

Yard Sale

10.30.16 – 12.17.16

offspace

Steve Reber

copy, fax… cut and paste

10.30.16 – 12.17.16

offspace

Allison Wade

Know Better

08.28.16 – 10.15.16

Alain Biltereyst

Not Just Because

08.28.16 – 10.15.16

Christine Tarkowski

Chthonic Void

04.03.16 – 05.14.16

Mike Andrews

The Friends and Family Plan

02.21.16 – 03.26.16

offspace

Conrad Bakker

Untitled Project: Still Life / Style Leaf

02.21.16 – 03.26.16

offspace

Turquoise Sunset

01.10.16 – 02.13.16

Scott Wolniak

To Break is to Build

01.10.16 – 02.13.16

offspace

Amy Yoes

Structurals and Sightlines

11.01.15 – 12.12.15

Christopher Michlig

To Everyone

11.01.15 – 12.12.15

Bradley Biancardi, Austin Eddy, Annie Hémond Hotte, Shara Hughes and Tracy Thomason

08.30.15 – 10.17.15

offspace

Steven Husby

myotherisanother

04.26.15 – 06.13.15

Jessie Mott

What Creature Deserves Such Devotion

04.26.15 – 06.13.15

Cody Tumblin

Tell Tale

03.15.15 – 04.18.15

offspace

Angharad Davies

You Know That As Radiant

03.15.15 – 04.18.15

Leslie Baum + Allison Wade

01.31.15 – 03.07.15

Katy Cowan + Michael Milano

work : work

12.14.14 – 01.25.15

offspace

Monika Bartholomé

Night Walk

10.26.14 – 12.06.14

Aron Gent

Pure Pictures, Perfect Prints

10.26.14 – 12.06.14

offspace

Aaron Carpenter + Philip von Zweck

Cartoons + C.A.B.S.

09.07.14 – 10.18.14

Franziska Holstein

Works on Paper

09.07.14 – 10.18.14

Seth Hunter

held/crushed

07.20.14 – 07.20.14

Mistakes Have Hidden Intention

05.25.14 – 06.28.14

Gerd Borkelmann

Different Every Day

03.09.14 – 04.12.14

offspace

Mike Rea

Exile on Main Street

03.09.14 – 04.12.14

offspace

Felix Malnig

Fringe Area

01.26.14 – 03.01.14

Craig Yu

Phantom Limb

01.26.14 – 03.01.14

Peter Fagundo

Model Questions for the Sun, the See and Other Things…

12.15.13 – 01.18.14

offspace

Sofia Leiby

The Drama of Leisure

12.15.13 – 01.18.14

Nathaniel Robinson

The Sensible Range

10.20.13 – 12.07.13

offspace

Alain Biltereyst

09.08.13 – 10.12.13

Sterling Lawrence

If I Plucked You from the Sea

09.08.13 – 10.12.13

Matt Rich

Razors & Vapors

04.28.13 – 06.08.13

offspace

Vincent Hawkins

Flying Suit

03.17.13 – 04.20.13

Nancy Ford

Land Loping

03.17.13 – 04.20.13

Rainer Spangl

UUUUU

02.03.13 – 03.09.13

offspace

Shit is Real

new editions by Chicago artists

02.03.13 – 03.09.13

offspace

Nick Ostoff

Tracing

12.16.12 – 01.26.13

Allison Wade

The Rest of the More

12.16.12 – 01.26.13

offspace

Julia Hechtman

10.14.12 – 12.08.12

Christopher Michlig

10.14.12 – 12.08.12

offspace

Michael Pfisterer

08.26.12 – 10.06.12

Gary Stephan

08.26.12 – 10.06.12

06.10.12 – 07.21.12

Jin Lee

04.22.12 – 06.02.12

offspace

Dorothee Joachim + Richard Roth

04.22.12 – 06.02.12

I Surrender

03.11.12 – 04.14.12

offspace

Alexander Valentine

01.29.12 – 03.03.12

Joshua Abelow

Songs from a Room

01.29.12 – 03.03.12

Mark Booth

The Sea is Represented by an Irregular Shape

12.11.11 – 01.21.12

offspace

Scott Fortino

Unfurl

12.11.11 – 01.21.12

offspace

Andreas Karl Schulze

10.16.11 – 12.03.11

Evidence of the Material World

10.16.11 – 12.03.11

offspace

Sound & Vision

08.28.11 – 10.08.11

Volker Saul

Rough Cuts

08.28.11 – 10.08.11

Leslie Baum

The eyes have it or how to win a staring contest with a monster

05.22.11 – 07.02.11

offspace

Works on Paper

05.22.11 – 07.02.11

offspace

MultipleMix

01.30.11 – 03.19.11

Andreas Fischer + Melissa Pokorny

Kabinett 5

01.30.11 – 03.19.11

Britta Bogers, Mark Holmes, Jered Sprecher

Kabinett 4

12.05.10 – 01.22.11

Dana DeGiulio, Marie T Hermann, Anders Ruhwald

Kabinett 3

10.24.10 – 11.27.10

Richard Rezac + Gary Stephan

Kabinett 1 + 2

08.29.10 – 10.16.10

Paul Cowan + Matt Stolle

Causality without Cause

07.18.10 – 08.15.10

offspace

Wheatstone Stereoscope

07.18.10 – 08.15.10

Skies in Between

05.23.10 – 07.08.10

offspace

Berlin Drawings

05.23.10 – 07.08.10

offspace

Visceral Geometries

04.11.10 – 05.18.10

Nathaniel Robinson

de facto

04.11.10 – 05.18.10

Peter Otto

The Lodger

03.07.10 – 04.09.10

offspace

Heiner Blumenthal

A Hand-off Between

01.31.10 – 03.01.10

Rodney Carswell

hither and yon (little prisons)

01.31.10 – 03.01.10

Home Wreckage

Subversive Musings on Domestic Ideals

12.06.09 – 01.24.10

offspace

Time, Trauma, Drama and Rhyme

12.06.09 – 01.24.10

Dagmar Varady

Redden

10.18.09 – 12.01.09