KEN GREENLEAF
DRAWING THE LINE #3
High Street Gallery

Through July, 30
Gallery open by chance or appointment

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NORIKO SAKANISHI
NEW DRAWINGS
High Street Gallery

Through July, 30
Gallery open by chance or appointment
207-772-1961 or 207-831-8764 (cell)

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About the work...

Daniel Kany Maine Sunday Telegram
"...Handsomely sophisticated, they defy our desire to read left to right/top down with their rhythmically musical pulses. They exude life - and the large ones remind me of Bach."

Review by Philip Isaacson Maine Sunday Telegram - May 15, 2011
The current show at June Fitzpatrick High Street is an opportunity to see two from a group of masterworks produced by Noriko Sakanishi. Each is a 20-inch by 30-inch graphite and pigment drawing meticulously logical and infinitely complex.

The mastery lies in the balancing of these qualities. Lines parade across the streets in perfect definition but at independent densities. The independence does not lessen the sense of logic - that controls throughout - but, rather, contributes a pulse to the drawings, a quality that is not common in work of geometric abstraction.

So deft is the pulse that you can almost anticipate its passage, much as can be done with passages in music. I don't want to make too much of the anticipatory notion, but when the elements of a work are so ineluctable to one another, the resulting harmonies make easy parallels to other arts.

These are wonderful drawings and in this show are accompanied by a group of smaller works similarly constructed, but confronted by bold and adversarial forms. Some adversaries tilt the axis of the plane, some remove segments from it and some overlay it with such force that portions are extinguished. Unlike the lyrical larger works, there is a tension in them that harkens to Sakanishi's well-known three-dimensional pieces. They have remarkable presence for work of their scale.


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