Sara Nightingale Gallery: ‘Timeshapers’ – Works/ O’Connor, Saltzman, Wong/ 12.1


Paul O’Connor, SQ-44, Black paint on aluminum, copper with patina, plywood, 36″ x 36″ x 1.5″

Sara Nightingale Gallery is pleased to present Timeshapers, recent work by Paul O’Connor, Mimi Saltzman and Johnny Wong, opening Saturday, Dec.1 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The exhibition runs through Dec. 28.

Timeshapers brings together three friends who met five years ago in the art community of Taos, NM. One of them, Mimi Saltzman, was given an antique hourglass, which became her “shape muse”. The other two, Paul O’Connor and Johnny Wong, subvert the traditional rectangular form of painting by employing hexagons and quadrilaterals or rotating the square to a diamond shape. While Saltzman and Wong specifically address time as a subject of their work, O’Connor’s wall pieces, with their “meditation holes”, encourage the viewer to experience mindful expansion, which can temporarily alter a viewer’s perception of time. The three friends, based in Taos, Sag Harbor and New York, bridge time-zones and geographies with their artistic relationship. When Johnny Wong stacks two diamond shaped paintings, one on top of the other, the resulting shape nods to the hourglass in Saltzman’s work. Similarly, O’Connor’s geometric shapes include diamonds which echo Wong’s.

Paul O’Connor attended the Pasadena Art Center in the late 80’s and worked as a fine art photographer. His love of tools and construction led to an apprentice with a master woodworker, and he has since built his own home, furniture and many sculptures. His wall hanging constructions seek to articulate the nature of time and space. Incorporating combinations of metals, woods, patinas and paint, his works offer a visual refuge, a place of contemplation, and a meditation on spaciousness. O’Connor’s work is held in the collections of Museo Jumex and the Harwood Museum. He will be exhibiting with Vivian Horan at Art Miami, Dec. 4- 8.

Mimi Saltzman lives and works in NY and Sag Harbor. She has a BA in Psychology and Painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts, Boston and an MFA from New York University. When she received an antique hourglass as a gift in the 80’s, she became fascinated with the object, drawing, painting and creating mono-prints and etchings inspired by its shape. Eventually, Saltzman came to realize that the hourglass represented for her the sands of time passing through a woman’s form, a kind of biological clock. Using a wide range of materials – baby oil, eggshells, leaves, salt, nail polish and more – the recent hourglass works continue to examine the feminine form and experience, but now also consider mortality and the waning time left to create and love.

Johnny Wong was born in Hong Kong and lives and works in NYC. He was raised in California and studied motion graphics at UCLA for feature film. Wong is influenced by the pointillist technique of Seraut and Signac and the role that time plays in the creation of an art work. His work explores how the line as a design element can represent the trajectory of a life. In his work, lines intersect and don’t intersect, reflecting how we cross paths with others, share a moment, share years, and then move on. 

Johnny Wong, Divine Misdirection #5, detail,  watercolor on basswood, 30″ x 30″ square or 42″ x 42″ diamond

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