Aaron "Sharp" Goodstone
Sharp created with Delta the famous KA crew, “the Kings Arrive”, in the early 80's. And it is on the line 6 of the New York’ subway that he has been most active. Sharp has Caribbean origins and received a Jewish education, influences he voluntarily paints in his works on canvas and on paper.
In the Jewish tradition, figurative representations don’t exist, and each letter of the sacred Hebrew alphabet makes sense. He explained that his trend for abstraction comes from there. He began practicing writing to protect himself and therefore being able to escape the violent and frustrating social environment in which he grew up. He considers writing as his "radical refuge" allowing him to come from his emotions to create positive things, and send messages in relation to the social injustices he experienced, or as a tribute to his friends that have lost themselves.
The attack on the modern Western alphabet is his first artistic quest. Sharp included in his paintings his formal research on Greek, Hebrew, Egyptian and Roman alphabets for break the shackles of modern language, and conditionment related. He is the author of a new style : "Techno Abstract Symbolism."
© C. Maréchal / Speerstra Gallery 2010