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"Familiar Places, Personal Spaces: New Paintings by Ada Sadler"
2003-11-06 until 2003-11-29
Dolby Chadwick Gallery
San Francisco, CA,
USA United States of America
Everyday objects in Ada Sadlerís oil paintings are rendered with such precision and painstaking care; passionate expressions are transformed into unique treasures that create an aura of solitude in a world of havoc. The institutional-style chair sitting in an office corner, the teetering bathtubbie on the edge of a sink; both evoke emotions and memories that are familiar. Sadler hunts for the ideal subject in the common environment. In frequent visits to university campuses, office buildings and train stations, she takes snapshots to record the details. What develops after the photograph stems directly from memory and intuition.
Sadler's representation of the conventional mid-20th century chair reflects the setting, typically an empty room or office, of which a feeling of isolation persists. although symbolically the empty chair can represent loneliness and even mortality, the natural light that illuminates the space inspires personal recollections and comfort. A warm glow from an office window or a ray of sun onto a train seat, transforms the mundane into the exceptional.
In the bathtubbie series, colorful wind-up bathtub toys grant a playful quality and the comforting reassurance of another time. The subject conjures up memories of childhood, but more than anything the familiar setting represents emotional cleansing and rejuvenation. The changing hues of the porcelain and the glistening tiles reinforce the privacy of a space where our most interpersonal memories dwell.
Ada Sadler's interpretation of the everyday object is extraordinary, taking on very personal spaces amidst the familiar places she uses as inspiration.
Bathtubbie Collection #58
Oil on Board
6" x 6", 2000