The Pleasure of Ruins
Sydney Yeager's new series of paintings investigates the concept of ruins both ancient and contemporary through the materiality of oil paint. Each painting unearths a complex layering of color and form that simultaneously reveals ephemerality and timelessness:
"These paintings reflect the influence of both demolition sites and the ancient ruins I have visited. Some elements are loosely derived from photographs I have taken of demolition sites. There are "holes" in the forms of some of the of the paintings. In others, linear elements act as frail scaffolding holding the forms in suspension. In some paintings, the forms are piled together in a heap, like the debris from a wrecking ball or rubble from an excavation.
Ancient ruins and demolition sites seem to me to be dream- like places, in between here and there, each in the process of becoming something other than what it had been. Each is in transition. Each is fragmented. In their own random way, the demolition sites are as beautiful as the carefully preserved ruins. That they are ephemeral makes them as poignant as the ancient sites.