Lou Hoyer, Sarah Slappey

Behind the Curtain

 Sarah Slappey   Squeeze,  oil on canvas, 20 x 20", 2018

Sarah Slappey  Squeeze, oil on canvas, 20 x 20", 2018

 Lou Hoyer    Formender Wolken (Forms of Clouds) , ink and pastel on paper, 11 3/4 x 8",  2017  

Lou Hoyer   Formender Wolken (Forms of Clouds), ink and pastel on paper, 11 3/4 x 8",  2017



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‘Behind the Curtain’

     Lou Hoyer, Sarah Slappey

Cecilia Whittaker-Doe
Don Doe              
Opening Reception June 2, 6-9pm
June 2 – July 1, 2018


SRO GALLERY is pleased to present Behind the Curtain. An exhibit of drawings and paintings by Berlin artist Lou Hoyer and artist Sarah Slappey from Brooklyn.

Lou Hoyer’s drawings and Sarah Slappyey’s paintings bring the viewer inward toward a psychological territory akin to James Ensor’s paintings and the erotic drawings of Aubrey Beardsley. Paintings by Sue Williams from the late 1990’s and early 2000’s come to mind.  Both artists use the figure imaginatively as a means to explore an impossible scape, making way for contemplation on the personal and intimate.

Each of these artists plays with our perception of beauty, the uncanny and the narrative in art.

Lou Hoyer on her work: “...I like to think of my paintings as a theatre of a sort with the characters that keep returning….As for the stories, I think of my paintings more as of particular moments.…”

Sarah Slappey on her paintings “...my paintings play with darkness and foreboding through varying degrees of information.”  “The uncanny, horror, and mythology are central pillars of my work.”

Through the works, shown together in this exhibit, we experience interior and exterior cinema halls, grassy fields and backyards filled with decadent licentious scenes. There are metaphors of love, longing and fear that bring to mind a marvelous realism that at times is like an Isabel Allende translation of the world into a seemingly naïve and tragicomical narrative.