Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Goff+Rosenthal
These works had the charm of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s aeronautic drawings in Le Petit Prince, a book that Greenfield-Sanders acknowledges as an influence. But her perspective is more complex. The figures don’t seem free by flight; rather, they appear paralyzed by it. In images from the “Orange Parachute” series (2008), for example, a body hangs from ropes like deadweight, and the viewer can sense its heaviness and immobility as it sinks.
One of the more intriguing paintings, Gold & Pink Parachute (Gold), 2008 shows a figure under a gold parachute. Situated in a field of gold acrylic paint, the body seems stuck in midair rather than held aloft by the parachute. The work could also be viewed as a reference to golden parachutes, corporate greed, financial collapse, and a desire for escape.
Another series of three paintings, “Parachute Class” (2008), showing a team of men in crisp white attire against a green lawn and bright blue sky, disengaging a figure from a parachute, is at once reminiscent of an Alex Katz Pop landscape and a Beatles album cover. But Greenfield-Sanders admits some ominous details into her candy-colored scenes. In Pink Parachutes (Blue), 2008, the figure’s head hangs down in such a way that we can’t tell if it’s dead or simply gazing at the ground. A dark black-and-white work showing a parachute descending at night most clearly evoked the peril of wartime.