In this exhibition entitled, “Olney”, Lisa Roy Sachs takes her camera and peers into the suburbs, cracking its supposed veneer with an unanticipated care. Roy Sachs does not present the blatant, dark and foreboding critique, but knowingly takes us by the hand, leading us past the white picket fence into a beauty trapped within reality, instead of sitting on top of it. She removes the sugar coating and allows us to penetrate the barriers of propaganda and advertising from within. With stealth and grace, the artist reveals the essence of this place without the ideal and yet refrains from completely tearing down her subject. We see a beauty, but one which is not scoured of anxiety or hesitation, rather one upon which she builds her own unique locale.
Using a 4x5 camera, Roy Sachs’ color, selective focus and minimal staging, paint lush and whispering images replete with intent and anticipation. To use the artist’s own term, these images are liminal, carefully traversing our boundaries; walking us through a tension without ameliorating it, until we find ourselves awoken from a deep rest but not able to continue to sleep. Roy Sachs’ “Olney” presents to us a promised land, past tense. A world which was promised but that just isn’t anymore. She takes us beyond the promise, to another existence, another vision, revealing one not that unlike our own. In our empty, open palm Roy Sachs places something inimitable yet not unfamiliar and smiles as we gasp at its unexpected sparkle.