Details:

This panel painting depicts a domestic location as a site for creation and labor, and features an archetypal narrative element—a snake that intrudes on an otherwise peaceful scene. Evoking the French art group Nabis, the artist employs all-over mark-making in this composition.
Unframed

① Artwork:

Quilters Catch an Asp on the Picture Frame

This panel painting depicts a domestic location as a site for creation and labor, and features an archetypal narrative element—a snake that intrudes an otherwise peaceful scene. Evoking the French art group Nabis, the artist employs all-over mark-making in this composition such as paint pours, spray paint, stenciling and abstract physicality. The artist frequently revisits and revitalizes historical approaches to painting.

Bornstein's painterly works conjure an invented world from the act of painting itself. The artist's highly physical narratives combine explorations of memory, observation and the imagination. Bornstein's compositions alternately employs luminous and muted light to depict a variety of characters drawn from the painter's life, folklore, media and the collective imaginary. The resulting scenes are familiar yet resist closed readings. The artist's works draw from his upbringing in New York City, and a wide variety of influences: a background in music and film; the graphic arts; American esoteric and psychedelic traditions; explorations of Ashkenazi storytelling; and the artist's frequent travels to study postwar European painting in Scandinavia, Central Europe and Eastern Europe.

Specs:

16 inches
20 inches

③ Artist:

Sam Bornstein

Sam Bornstein’s paintings invent worlds by merging memory, observation and the imaginary into highly physical narratives. The artist’s compositions use both luminous and muted light to depict a variety of characters drawn from the painter's life, folklore, media and the collective imagination. Bornstein’s draws from a wide variety of influences: the artist’s upbringing in New York City and his background in music and film; the graphic arts; American esoteric and psychedelic traditions; Ashkenazi storytelling; and the artist’s frequent travels to study Postwar European painting in Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe.

Sam Bornstein:
Quilters Catch an Asp on the Picture Frame, 2021
Acrylic, acrylic ink, airbrush, tinted gesso and oil on panel
20.0 × 16.0 inches /
Sam Bornstein:
Quilters Catch an Asp on the Picture Frame, 2021
Acrylic, acrylic ink, airbrush, tinted gesso and oil on panel
20.0 × 16.0 inches /