Chris Sharp Gallery presents Faith in Doubt, a solo exhibition by Hudson Valley-based artist, Sean Sullivan.

An opening art party was held on December 2, 2023. The exhibition runs through January 20, 2024.

Chris Sharp Gallery Sean Sullivan

The work of Sean Sullivan deftly plays with paradoxes as well as limitations. It is bound by a set of very specific procedures and parameters, which allow it to become, paradoxically, limitless. Something between a painting, drawing, monoprint, and a piece of writing, Sullivan’s compact works marvelously resist classification. They consist of oil stick transferred to paper (often found paper from old books and more recently, Japanese print making paper). The rather elaborate process is a hybrid sort of drawing yet also printmaking.

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Sean Sullivan, Foundations, 2022. Oil stick on Kitikata paper, 17 x 20.5 in (43.18 x 52.07 cm)

There is an odd, radically meticulous and devotional quality to what he does. It is, at times, redolent of the pictorially dense and mathematical logic of the arabesque, while at other times, it seems to be the byproduct of an almost mystical possession, while still at others, the diagrammatic glossolalia of a splendidly unhinged scholiast.

Sean Sullivan 

Born in 1975, in the Bronx, NY, Sean Sullivan lives and works in the Hudson Valley, NY. A selection of recent one and two person exhibitions includes: (2023) Excitations (drawings of concern) Et Al., San Francisco; (2021) Chris Sharp Gallery, Los Angeles; 2021 New Mnemonics – Gallery Fifty One / Fifty One Too, Antwerp, Belgium; (2020) Feuilleton, Los Angeles; (2019) BDDW Annex Gallery, New York, NY; (2018) String Figures, with Christoph Schellberg, A collaboration between Markus Luttgen Gallery and Linn Luhn Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany; (2018) à ùne éa, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY; (2017) WEST / END / BLUES, 57w57Arts, New York, NY; (2017) Ubbe & Sacco – 510 Warren Street Gallery, Hudson, NY; (2017) Sunset, Saudade Station, Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago, IL.

A selection of recent group exhibitions also includes: (2021) Feeling are Facts – Poker Flats – Williamstown, MA; (2021) Hudson House, Hudson, NY; (2020) Three Painters – The Arts Center at Duck Creek – East Hampton, NY – Curated by Hiroyuki Hamada; (2019) Sun is Setting / Faith in Strangers, Devening Projects, *Curator; (2018) Museum for Drawing, Ute Parduhn Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany; (2017) Mon Oncle, Museum for Drawing, Hunningen, Belgium; (2017) We’ll turn Manhattan into an island of joy, Markus Luttgen Gallery, Cologne, Germany.

On view: December 2, 2023 – January 20, 2024

What: Sean Sullivan: Faith in Doubt
Where: Chris Sharp Gallery, 4650 W Washington Blvd., LA, 90016
When: Running through January 20, 2024

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