Flash Art, Vol. XXXVI, No. 231, July-September 2003, p.68

Lisa Sanditz

CRG Gallery
 — By Gregory Montreuil

Drawing us into her topsy-turvy vision of Americana, Lisa Sanditz seems to have fun painting. In a series loosely based on Bruegel’s “Months, Sanditz uses landscape as an alibi to warp pictorial space. Dividing the canvas with a formal vertical stripe, on closer scrutiny the image transforms into a pole for a basketball hoop. Childlike confusion permeates the painted elements through the use of disproportionate scale, much like Hiroshi Sugito. Shifting between representation and abstraction, these compositionally inventive paintings remain fresh and surprising. Touching on both the exhilaration of empty spaces and the depressing isolation of space bring emotional dimension to the work. 

With their colorful but subdued palette, these quirky landscapes hone in on strangely American details. The recognizable images seem uniquely American: deer strapped to the tops of cars, golf carts, and abandoned tires. Outdoor pastimes and spaces are examined but remain unpopulated. Titles such as Hunters in the Snow, Hiking the Rim, and Football Field Gone to Seed, suggest the subject matter explored. 

Thoughtfully naïve rendering keep these paintings from being removed and isolated, and give them a touching humanness.