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Weekend Heller: David Sandlin’s Eerie Light

The new Fall art season In New York started on September 5 (through October 13) with a blast: the David Sandlin exhibition “Age of Enfrightenment“. If you read “Enfrightenment” as enlightenment, I did too. But it is obvious once you see these eerie pictures, fright is right.

The recent paintings in Age of Enfrightenment are populated more by the politicians, monsters, insects, condemned trees and the ghosts of terrorists are reigning over the fall of the American Empire. This is represented literally in scenes where words are shattered over high-cliff waterfalls, and dissolve into the collecting pools of abandon.

The exhibition coincides with the launch of the Sandlin monograph, Sleep of History (Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Birmingham, Alabama), which includes an excerpt from Belfaust, Sandlin’s work-in-progress graphic novel set both in Belfast and Birmingham that follows a series of characters with quotidian struggles and a Faustian struggle for identity.

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