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April 27 - June 3, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, April 27th, from 6 – 8 PM at 513 West 20th Street.
On Saturday, May 6th at 5pm, Becky Suss will be in conversation with fellow painter, Byron Kim. The event will take place at 513 West 20th Street. Space is limited; kindly RSVP to email@example.com.
Jack Shainman Gallery is pleased to announce Becky Suss’ first solo exhibition at the gallery. Her latest body of work addresses the process of remembering and the particular psychology of space. Through paintings of meticulously set interiors, often staged with objects of personal significance, the domestic emerges as a site for reflection. August (2016) depicts a hallway peering into a home office and living room. Two chairs are placed across from each other, and while devoid of sitters, they imply both the absence and presence of inhabitants; the furniture’s rounded, bulky forms take on bodily dimensions, their confrontational configuration as if in deep conversation.
Blue Apartment (2016) and Red Apartment (2016) draw on the artist’s memory of a family friend’s home: two Manhattan apartments joined together, the walls painted contrasting colors. The fusing of disparate residences echoes the overall anachronistic mixing of decor from various places and periods—distinct and eclectic, united only by the tastes of their owners—that permeate Suss’ paintings.
The close connection between home and identity that runs throughout the paintings reveals itself in two representations of embroidery: Stars and Stripes For-Ever (2016) and Erin Go Bragh (2017). Based on pieces displayed in the homes of the artist’s grandmothers—both homemakers—they reflect the distinct circumstances of each woman’s life. The former was created by her paternal great-grandmother, a suffragette and child of Russian Jewish immigrants, while the latter came with her maternal grandparents’ fully furnished home, and, reflecting her grandfather's Irish heritage, was hung prominently in the living room. Each is loaded with contradictions about American identity and the domestic sphere, investigating an uneasy femininity through the provocatively reactionary term “homemaker.”
The paintings’ overall flatness renders the tableaus uncanny and dollhouse-like. What resonates is how a dwelling, despite its rigid physical structure, can adapt, welcoming the day-to-day histories, eccentricities, and impressions of the people who move between its walls. Space becomes a metaphor for being human, ripe with mnemonic potential for intimacy, discovery, and transformation.
Becky Suss was born in 1980 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she is currently based. She received an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley, a BA from Williams College, and in 2013 attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In addition to ICA Philadelphia, Suss’ work has been exhibited at the Woodmere Art Museum, Pennsylvania, the Berkeley Art Museum, California, and The Berman Museum at Ursinus College, Pennsylvania, as well as at storied Philadelphia artist collectives Vox Populi and Space 1026, of which she is a former member. A catalogue from her recent exhibition at ICA Philadelphia, entitled, Becky Suss, was published earlier this year.
Concurrently on view is Introjection, a solo exhibition of the work of Gehard Demetz at 524 West 24th Street. Upcoming exhibitions include The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness which opens at our 24th street gallery on June 8th and The School in Kinderhook, New York on June 24th.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm. For additional information and photographic material please contact the gallery firstname.lastname@example.org.