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Friday, November 23, 2012

What's Left Behind (oil on canvas, 84"x84") 2012
November 1 - December 1, 2012

William Turner Gallery
Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Ave. E-1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
What's Left Behind Works
Carole Bayer Sayer's recent work is filled with imageries of our childhood sweet treats like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, popcorn, caramel corn and peanuts.   She said that as a child she was not aloud to have these treats because she was considered "chubby".  Sayer said her mother would never have offered her a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Even though on one level these paintings could be about childhood issues with food, Sayer stated that the images for this exhibition where not originally designed to document these experiences. 
Sayer discussed her approach of viewing objects and things from a micro and macro perspective.  She photographs her images and begins to slowly view them close-up to create abstract paintings.  For Sayer the cropped element equals "questioning".  She surveys her images for the answers that, in this case, became the visual components for her current series.  Sayer snugly tugs at our salivary glands with luscious dripping jelly in Drippy and Kid's Delight and continues to satiate our "drawer-strings" with images of warm sepia caramel biomorphically sinking into the popcorn.
Visual artists journal their experiences with paint and other mediums.  Sayer is able to enjoy her childhood treats by curating each one in a painting.  Through her creativity she is able to abstract the past into various morsels and tidbits of nostalgia. Sayer allows her audience to delight with the whimsical memories associated in these delectable treats.
One of the first things I asked Sayer during our interview was how she felt about "Hostess" going out of business.  She said she had just spent $23.00 on some "Twinkies" and
"Ho-Ho's" but wasn't sure if they were going to be part of her new series.  However, she was motivated to make the small investment.
                                            Kid's Delight (oil on canvas, 48"x 48") 2012
Avalanche (oil on canvas, 48"x 48") 2012
Galaxy (oil on canvas, 84" x 84") 2012


Big Pop (oil on canvas, 84" x 84") 2012

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