For over twenty years, the common denominator and backbone of Sharon Louden’s visual vocabulary has been the line. Often using no more than a simple stroke of fingertip width, the line has diligently been explored by the artist through paintings, drawings, animations, sculpture and installations. These linear works sometimes evolve into simple rectangles – taking form with four simple strokes – never deviating far from their linear origins. The inherent energy and movement of Louden’s work has found a logical and amiable partnership with video, giving her the chance to continue exploring formal concerns; toying and teasing the narrative potential of her drawings and paintings. Her animations – sometimes two years in the making - continue to be screened and featured in many film festivals and museums all over the world.
Sharon Louden attended the Atlanta College of Art (1982-85), The School of the Art Institute (B.F.A. 1988), and Yale University School of Art (M.F.A. 1991). Her work has been written about in numerous articles since 1985 in publications such as Art in America, Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Kansas City Star, NYArts Magazine, Boston Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, Sculpture Magazine, ARTnews, and The New York Times. Louden’s work is in the permanent collections of the Arkansas Arts Center, AT&T, Birmingham Museum of Art, British Petroleum Amoco Corporation, Delaware Art Museum, Hallmark Cards Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, National Gallery of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Neuberger Museum of Art, New Mexico Museum of Art, Panasonic USA, Pfizer, Inc., World Headquarters, Progressive Corporation, University of Alaska Museum of the North, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Weisman Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Yahoo! Corporate Headquarters, Yale University Art Gallery and the Werner H. Kramarsky Collection. The artist recently relocated to Minneapolis after many years in New York.