My Broadway series is an exploration of color and spatial relationships articulated through the lens of geometric abstraction. Integrated into the visual elements are sensory experiences often associated with music and dance, such as tone and rhythm. I’m particularly interested in conversations between activity and calm, and along with finding rhythm in the forms is a desire to provide a space for contemplation. Without moments to pause, what surrounds us becomes a cacophony of blurred experiences.
My process is leisurely and reflective, but I do not rely on a system or set of rules to develop each painting. Forms are loosely painted in, adjusted, perhaps eliminated, only to re-emerge in later stages of the painting. There is no pre-conceived endpoint in either composition or palette. In some paintings, a more tonal palette reflects a decision to develop a meditative space, while a more spirited palette in other paintings often mirrors my response to a piece of music. Areas are built up and sanded down — to lessen the finality of the paint layer, as well as to reveal what was hidden below the surface. Although the paintings are structured with defined blocks of color, it is my intention to diminish that sense of certainty and put the blocks in play. Ultimately, reaching the end point of each painting is about finding the just right balance between activity and calm, between reasoned decision making and intuition.
Tamar Zinn is a New York based visual artist. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections across the United States. A solo exhibit of her paintings, Still / Dancing, was presented in 2013 at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in NY, and her work has appeared in group exhibitions, including several at The Painting Center in NYC, and No Chromophobia, at OK Harris, NYC.