Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival: A Day of Encounters and  Discovery

Saturday, June 23, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

 

June, 2018:  Blue Roof Studios is pleased to announce Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival,  celebrating the summer solstice, will take place on Saturday, June 23 from 12pm to 5pm, at 7329 S Broadway. The festival highlights the richness and diversity of the arts in South Los Angeles and beyond, reflecting Blue Roof Studio’s commitment to fostering and amplifying creativity, connection, and inclusion within the community.

Blue Roof Studios and festival founder Galia Linn describes the vision of the festival, “In the current climate of increased tension and isolation, melting away the barriers is the duty of those who care. We come together and see each other in a joint celebration of art.”

Offering an immersive multidisciplinary art experiences the day will feature artwork by over 60 artists and 20 Artisans reflecting the diversity of Blue Roof Studios neighborhood as well as greater Los Angeles. Local tacos, homemade popsicles, pizza by Delicious Pizza and other culinary treats will be offered by neighborhood businesses and community members as well venders from the greater LA area.

Spreading over Broadway avenue sidewalk, Blue Roof’s parking lot and the entire building – The day’s rich assortment of offerings will be a drum circle lead by master drummer Aboubacar Kouyate – whos talking drum can be heard on the Black Panther soundtrack; free cooking demonstrations by RootDown LA; music by local DJ Joaquin Romero /DJ Wordamouph;  a participatory performance utilizing three rocking chairs and three people by interdisciplinary performer Nehara Kalev; an Art Makers Bazaar curated by Kaleidoscope Kollective featuring handmade clothing, henna tattoos, unique objects and work by local and LA-based artists and artisans such as Alexandra Grant X-Artists’ Books and GrantLOVE project; art workshops by Barnsdall Arts; CAAM, and Blue Roof Studios resident Beverly Morrison.

The art installations will include: RADIANT a group exhibition curated by Leonardo Bravo / Big City Forum celebrating how we honor the light, our connection to the earth, the sun, and to each other; an exhibit curated by Bettina Hubby from Curatorial Hub featuring  a diverse selection of works under $500 by well-known and emerging artists from Los Angeles and beyond; and Kristine Schomaker of Shoebox PR will curate “IMAGINE” a show of works by artists from her community of artists. In addition, Blue Roof Studios resident artists  Diana Sanchez, Terri Klass, Jacqueline Palafox, Zemer Peled and Beverly Morrison will open their studios for the event. Guest artists installations by Corazon Del Sol in collaboration with Marguerita Drexel and Linda Franke.

About Blue Roof Studios

Founded in 2016 by artist Galia Linn, Blue Roof Studios is a new multidisciplinary art hub located in South Los Angeles that offers a place for artists to work in an environment that fosters creativity and community. We are dedicated to developing long-term relationships, opening doors to meaningful experiences in the arts, growing accessible programs such as free art workshops, screenings, artist talks, exhibitions, and festivals.

The Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival is funded in part by the LA Department of Cultural Affairs, CANNDU/Empower LA, LACI CleanTech incubator, Maker City LA, and the generous support of friends of Blue Roof Studios. Additional support provided  by Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr., the California African American Museum, BardoLA, On Broadway Tattoos and social.experiment.

For more information and a complete list of of participants and schedule of events,

visit https://www.blueroofstudios.org/blue-roof-studios-arts-festival/

Diana Sanchez: blueroofstudios6@gmail.com

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SEARCHING
Kathryn Hart

May 2-30, 2018
School of Visual Arts Project Spaces CE
NY, NY

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents Searching, a solo show by artist Kathryn Hart. The exhibition will be on view from May 2-30, 2018 in the Project Spaces CE locations at 209 East 23rd Street, Main floor, and 380 2nd Ave, 8th floor. This is Hart’s first solo show at the SVA.

In this solo exhibition, Hart explores the web of emotions confronted in the search to begin anew, and the burden of choice. She continues her dialogue with evolving identity and the hope for new beginnings amidst a maze of emotional conflict, pain, and self-doubt.

Hart offers, “after life leaves us tumbled upside down, completely derailed, we pick ourselves up and begin the search for…personal truth, enlightenment, growth, love, connections, a place to feel comfortable, a place to call home. We even search for the place to start the search. My flightpath was obliterated by an onslaught of happenings – my husband’s cancer, the deaths of both my parents, and my own struggle with an ongoing disease and trauma. How do I move forward?

The search starts with one intent, one thought, one moment, one breath, one catalyst, one cell, one dot. A series of dots, actions, sparks, ideas, or energy becomes a line, a trajectory. Lines reveal potential paths ahead and scars of the ones just followed.”

Kathryn Hart presents this theme across an array of media, which further illustrates the plethora of options for the journey. An on-site installation of hundreds of lines, wires and embedded glass lenses explores the miasma of available routes, some more circuitous and arduous, some involving forced self-reflection. Hart uses these laboriously hand tied knots and line to translate a period of unsettling uncertainty into a path to move forward. Shadowy lines hover behind the actual as beacons or footprints. Ink drawings, reminiscent of ancient cave drawings, indicate the inception of thought and movement. Abstract black and white photographs of found bones allude to structure, life, and an archeological excavation for hidden meanings. There is simplicity and strength in their starkness. The exhibition also includes complex hanging sculptures with line and objects embedded into dense surfaces. In all the presented artworks, Hart examines the dichotomies of movement and stillness, contemplation and decision, and space and line, and the importance of the duality in the search.

“Line represents journey, connections, strength, simplicity, scars, tethers, and choice. Knots can be entanglements, junctures, bindings, obstacles, hurdles, gates and coupling.  I learned suture knots from my plastic surgeon father. His knots would both join and conceal.”

Hart delves into the tension between the search and choice, and ultimately, personal accountability. “We are bound by the choices we make. In the end, my search and its discoveries are all up to me.”

“I am inspired by many artists, particularly the poetry and bravery of Eva Hesse, the bold structures of Lee Bontecou, and the power and personal revelations of Louise Bourgeois.”

Kathryn Hart is a multi-disciplinary artist who exhibits frequently in New York City, throughout Europe, and most recently, Los Angeles. Museum, solo and group shows include Ateneo de Madrid (Madrid, Spain), Howland Cultural Center (Beacon, NY), IDEA Space/Colorado College, Andre Zarre Gallery (NYC), the Chelsea Art Museum (NYC), ArtHaus (Denver), Galerie SD Szucha 8 (Warsaw), Galeria 33 (Poland), Zamek w Goluchowie, (Poland), Myslenice Cultural Center (Poland), the Oceanside Museum of Art (CA), Museo de Castello de Estense (Italy), The Mitchell Museum (MD), Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts (Las Vegas), and the Colorado History Museum.

Her artwork is in the public collections of the Ministry of Culture of France, the Ministry of Culture of Poland, the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts, the Myslenice Cultural Center (Poland), and many private collections worldwide.

International awards include scholarships from the Council of Europe (2016), and the Ministries of Art and Culture of France and Poland (2015, 2014), and the United Nations Harmony for Peace Award (2010).

Hart is a member of A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a B.A. from Boston University, an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington, and has extended studies in art from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and the City of London Polytechnic. Hart lives in Colorado.

For more information, contact Nika Lopez at ceartwork@sva.edu 212-592-2050. http://www.sva.edu/ce

Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9am-9pm. The artist is available for private discussion and tours from May 20-May 29. Contact Kathryn Hart directly at 214-363-4025 or hart.kathrynd@gmail.com. Visit http://www.KathrynDHart.com for more information.

 

A.M. Rousseau
Lines of Inquiry

May 5 to June 2, 2018
Opening Reception: May 5, 6-9pm
Artist Talk/Book Signing:
June 2, 2-4pm

Jason Vass
1452 E. Sixth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

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(Los Angeles, California) – Jason Vass is pleased to present Lines of Inquiry, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by A.M. Rousseau. Rousseau is a multi-disciplined artist, writer and photographer currently living in Southern California who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Rousseau’s works are imbued with an investigation of line. She takes her inspiration from a Paul Klee dictum: “Take a line for a walk, aimlessly for the sake of the walk.” She sees each line as a metaphor for the way life happens: one point leading to another, ever changing. For her, “Every line is a reflection of individual will, a unique indicator of purpose and direction, just as in hieroglyphics, a kind of handwriting that can be read if the system of mark making is understood.”

The works on view range from black and white works on paper like Downward Hang, and Left Leaning in which a succession of quasi concentric black lines gracefully flow as if suspended across two supports. The algorithm used in creating these works becomes more complex as Rousseau moves across multiple sheets of paper adding color into the mix. In works like Fire and Ice Quartet and 100 Line Rush Triptych the undulating curves have a wave-like pattern reminiscent of an abstracted ocean. When Rousseau moves from paper to canvas and from ink and colored pencil to acrylic paint, she begins to fill in shapes creating denser compositions where the linear elements originate from a central core.

Rousseau’s lines are both gestural and used to outline geometric forms as in Perspective Collective and Spiral Quartet. Her work has much in common with the timeless quality of ancient Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, at the same time as it is firmly rooted in contemporary art practice as comparisons to works by conceptual artists Sol LeWitt or Robert Mangold are apt as are connections to the works of Julie Mehretu.

A.M. Rousseau received her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. She is the recipient of a National Endowment in the Arts Fellowship, The Djerassi Foundation Affymax Fellowship, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Artist Residency, Yaddo Artist residency, the Virginia Center for the Arts residency, the Manhattan Borough President’s Award for Excellence and Service in the Arts, and the Harc Foundation Award. She has been exhibiting since 1990 including most recently exhibitions at the Upland Museum of Art (2017), the Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2016), CMay Gallery, Los Angeles and Korea (2015).

 

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If you are planning an important and thought provoking exhibition, our artists may provide the impact you want. We are happy to arrange studio visits, interviews and articles with our growing list of emerging and mid-career artists.

Thank you so much for your continued support. We would love to hear from you.


Glen

Glenn Waggner’s latest body of work combines landscapes, architecture and figures in alternate worlds. His solo show, The Existential After Party, at Neutra Institute Gallery & Museum, opens March 31, with a reception 7–10 pm, until April 15.


Kathryn

Kathryn Hart is busy creating new work for her trip to New York in May where she will be showing at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn and in a solo show at School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Kathryn was recently written up in Diversions LA.


Catherine

Catherine Ruane was showing in Feminism Now at Shoebox Projects and at Porch Gallery in the Thomas Fire Artists’ Recovery Exhibition earlier this month. She’s now at work preparing for an upcoming group show at Coagula Curatorial in June and for a solo show in September at West Valley College in Phoenix., AZ. Catherine was recently profiled by Gary Brewer in Art and Cake and her work was featured in the Drawing Issue of Artillery Magazine this spring.


Frederika

Shoebox is pleased to welcome Frederika Roeder to our group. Frederika is a painter influenced by a passion for extreme sporting, as a surfer and skier. She is currently showing Naked As a Daisy exhibit at Shockboxx to March 25 and in Art in Place at Art Exchange until May 6. She will also be in StArt Up Art Fair San Francisco April 27-29.


Robert

Robert Nelson is gearing up for a busy 2018. Robert has work in “Bottle Rocket to the Future” at Lyceum Gallery presented by West Coast Drawing until April 15 and you can find Robert’s work in Art in a New Place, at Art Exchange in Long Beach until May 6. Coming up this year, Robert has two solo shows. From August 11 to September 30, Robert will be at MOAH Lancaster with new work and then, running October 20 to November 30, Robert’s Dialog with the Future series will be at LAAA/Gallery 825.


Scott

Scott Froschauer unveiled his The Word on The Street public art installation in Glendale on November 2. The installation is still open for visitors at sites throughout the city and was mentioned in LA Times and on ABC7. Scott’s Ten Principles will be on display at Playa Art Park, Reno, Nevada until May. He is currently working on a long term installation at Beyond the Lines Gallery and trying to be modest about his participatin in No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man in the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington opening March 30.


Dani

Dani Dodge was snowed under in Ireland while on a residency at Cow House Studios. She created brilliant environmental works in the studio woods to honor the stormy weather.


Karen

Karen Hochman Brown is currently showing and demonstrating her process in “Botanic Geometry” at Crain Art Gallery in Crowell Public Library, San Marino. The show was reviewed by Kathy Zimmerer for Art and Cake. Coming up in April , Karen will be having a solo show at The Main Gallery in Santa Clarita. In May, she will be taking part in the LA Metro System’s “Through the Eyes of Artists” with posters on public transit throughout the city.


Douglas

Douglas Tausik Ryder creates large scale sculptures that replicate the look and feel of traditional, crafted objects but are made with computer-aided technology. Douglas will be having a solo show of his large works at Jason Vass Gallery in October.


J Fredric

J. Fredric May is currently showing in a two-person show at Keck School of Medicine of USC until April 19th. He is preparing for a solo exhibition of “Apparition: Postcards from Eye See You” at Blue Sky Gallery in the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, April 5–29, in Portland, OR. He will also have work in Construction: A Group Show About Memory and Fabrication at Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica Art Studios opening April 21.


Steve

Steve Seleska has recently closed shows at Irvine Fine Arts Center, Shoebox Projects, Coagula Curatorial and the San Luis Obispo Museum of Arts. Steve is currently at work in his studio getting ready for future exhibitions.


Lauren

Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass recently had work in Art in Place at Newberry Lofts, Long Beach and took part in Art Grind at the Mar Vista Artwalk. She is currently showing in Art in a New Place at Art Exchange just down the road. Next month, Lauren will be showing two pieces in Made in California opening April 21.


Cathy

Cathy Immordino’s busy schedule continues with work in the Member’s Show at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO until April 7 and again in May. She is also part of a panel discussion at the Academy of Art University on May 2. Cathy’s photo, Leave Me Alone, has been accepted into Alluvian Spring 2018 Environmental Loss & Abandonment issue.


Jeff

Jeff Iorillo has work in Black at The Loft at Liz’s until March 26. In April Jeff will be part of “Scranch”, a group happening in Twentynine Palms. Then, opening May 3, he will be in a three-person show at LA Artcore Brewery Annex.


Chen

After a number of shows in early March, Chenhung Chen is in the studio preparing for the StArt Up Art Fair in San Francisco opening April 27 and for Studio Systems IIat Torrance Art Museum in June. Chen is delighted to have been chosen as one of the artists exhibiting at LAX – Los Angeles International Airport in their upcoming program. More details to come.


JJ

J.J. L’Heureux continues her busy schedule of showings in 2018. “Faces from the Southern Ocean” is on view at the Houston Museum of Natural Science until April. She also has work in “Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice” presented by the National Women’s Caucus for Art at Arena 1 Gallery in Santa Monica. Her show, 17 Expeditions: Antarctica continues at Moorpark College Art Gallery, until April 2.


Sam

Samuelle Richardson has had a number of shows in March, at LAAA/Gallery 825, in Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice and in Feminism Now. After seeking inspiration in Europe recently, she is preparing to be part of Studio Systems II at TAM in June and in a juried exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery opening July 22.


John Waiblinger

John Waiblinger is busy in the studio preparing for upcoming shows in 2018. He currently has work on display locally in Journey at Cerritos College Art Gallery, March 19-23.


Erika

Erika Lizee recently had work in Art Palm Springs and in Feminism Now at Shoebox Projects. Erika is currently showing in Women on the Rise, 2018 at Vita Art Center until March 31.


Randi

Randi Matushevitz opened her solo show, Conundrum, at LAAA on March 17. It runs through April 20. She is also looking forward to taking part in A Feminist Perspective 4.0 presented by We Choose Art at Montalban Gallery, opening March 23.


Pam

Pam Douglas has recently closed shows at The Ebell of Los Angeles (with Women Painters West)  and Points of View at Muzeumm. She is busy preparing for a solo show at TAG in September.


Bibi

Bibi Davidson is currently showing La Luzapalooza at La Luz de Jesus gallery until April 1. Later this month, you can find Bibi’s work in A Feminist Perspective 4.0presented by We Choose Art at Montalban Gallery, opening March 23.


Linda

Linda Sue Price will continue in She Bends: Women in Neon when it opens at The Midway Arts Complex in San Francisco on March 24. While at MONA in Glendale, the show was reviewed in Art and Cake. Locally, Linda has work in Art + Science + Craft IV at the Fine Arts Building in Los Angeles through April 8 and in Art in a New Place at Art Exchange in Long Beach through May 6.


Susan

Susan Amorde has recently shown in Feminism Now at Shoebox Projects and in “Points of View” at Muzeumm. She is currently at work in the studio on new projects.


 

 

 

SoCalMFA 2018

Hosted by Claremont Graduate University
Juried by Howard N. Fox

Opening reception: Sunday, March 25, 2-6 pm
Exhibit on view from March 24 – June 2, 2018

Millard Sheets Art Center (at the Fairplex)
1101 W. McKinley Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768

Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10–5pm
By appointment only Monday through Friday.

To make an appointment, contact Thomas Canavan at canavan@fairplex.com
or email the SoCalMFA team at socalmfa@gmail.com

SoCalMFA reflects an increasingly diversified portrait of emerging artists in L.A.

This year’s SoCalMFA organizers, in conjunction with the Millard Sheets Art Center and Claremont Graduate University, are pleased to announce the third and largest annual Southern California MFA exhibition in Millard Sheets’ newly-renovated facility. Juried by Howard N. Fox, the exhibit captures 42 artists representing 17 Southern California MFA programs, using media that includes painting, fabric, sculpture, video, photography, installation, drawing, mixed-media, and more. Taken together, this exhibit is a barometer of the diverse critical and aesthetic concerns that will shape artistic production in Southern California for years to come. The exhibition also reflects Claremont’s Graduate University’s leadership as a center for artistic and cultural production in Southern California at the graduate level.

This year’s SoCal MFA organizing team is made up of former and current Claremont Graduate University students Madeline Arnault, Chelsea Boxwell, and Megan Kinney. The exhibition is the largest MFA exhibition in both number of works exhibited and number of schools represented. The 2018 exhibition includes 17 out of 18 eligible MFA programs in Southern California.

Since 2016, the SoCalMFA exhibit has called upon a guest juror to select works and curate, beginning with Steve Comba (2016) and Amanda Ross-Ho (2017). This year the juror will be Howard N. Fox, an independent curator and former Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

We invite the public to explore this exhibition’s complex perspectives and overlapping themes and invite you to attend the exhibit’s opening reception on Sunday, March 25, from 2-6 p.m.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a public panel led by CGU Professor of Art Theory and History and LA Times art critic David Pagel. The panel will be free and open to the public and will address the culture of the MFA program. Selected artists from the exhibition will join Pagel in this discussion with a Q&A session from the audience. Dates and times will be posted on the Fairplex website and SoCalMFA’s Facebook Page. Please stay tuned for more information.

Participating artists: Madeline Arnault (Claremont Graduate University), Diego Barrientos (Cal Arts), Aurora Berger (Claremont Graduate University), Deitra Charles (Claremont Graduate University), Patricia Chow (Claremont Graduate University), Ji Soo Chung (UCLA), Carey Coleman (UCLA), Remi Dalton (Cal State San Diego), Yubo Dong (UC Irvine), Stevan Dupas (Cal State Long Beach), Jenny Eisenpresser (Art Center College of Design), Samantha Fitzmorris (Claremont Graduate University), Leslie Frank (Claremont Graduate University), Joshua Freeman (Azusa Pacific University), Molly Gabbard (Cal State San Diego), Eleanor Greer (Cal State San Diego), Timothy Haerens (Cal State San Bernardino), Harrison Halaska (Laguna College of Art and Design), Allison Holland (Cal State Fullerton), Lucy Holtsnider (UC Santa Barbara), Anna Laleggio (UC Irvine), Chloe Jeongmyo Kim (Otis College of Art and Design), Aleya Lanteigne (Cal State Sand Diego), Jian Liang (Claremont Graduate University), Jane Margarette (UCLA), Michelle Nunes (Cal State Northridge), Shane McClatchey (Laguna College of Art and Design), Moses Muturi (Cal State San Diego), Aydinaneth Ortiz (Cal Arts), Joshua Rains (Univeristy of Southern California), Rebecca Rich (Claremont Graduate University), Celia Rocha (Otis College of Art and Design), Heather Roessler (Cal State San Bernardino), Cintia Segovia (Cal State Long Beach), Kamaria Shepherd (UCLA), Nicole Waszak (Cal State San Diego), Charisse Weston (UC Irvine), Amy Williams (Cal State Long Beach), Ji Hyun Won (University of California Riverside), Jonathan Yacoub (Claremont Graduate University), Zebulon Zang (UC San Diego), and Benjamin Zhao (Claremont Graduate University).

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About Howard N. Fox
From 1985 through 2008, Fox has organized numerous major exhibitions and authored their catalogues. Some of his exhibits include Avant-Garde in the Eighties (1987), A Primal Spirit: Ten Contemporary Japanese Sculptors (1990), Lari Pittman (1996), and Eleanor Antin (1999). Fox recently returned to LACMA as guest curator for the critically acclaimed survey exhibition Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz.

About David Pagel
In addition to his position at CGU, Pagel is an adjunct curator at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York. He also writes regularly for the Los Angeles Times. Since 1988, he has published reviews, features, and essays in Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, frieze, and Art Issues, where he was reviews editor from 1998 to 2001.

About CGU Art and the School of Arts & Humanities
The School of Arts & Humanities is home to a unique approach to graduate education, offering students the opportunity to study in and across disciplines as they “follow the problem.” Its research and teaching transcend academic boundaries and disregard the artificial divides between theory and application. Intimate seminar-style classes mean students build close working relationships with faculty-mentors, who in turn will help them thrive academically and launch meaningful careers.

About Fairplex and the Millard Sheets Art Center

Through its exhibitions, educational programs, events and workshops, the Millard Sheets Art Center provides the community with meaningful experiences within the world of visual arts. As part of The Learning Centers at Fairplex, the center engages the community at multiple levels of education and its exhibitions promote the rich and diverse cultures that lie within Los Angeles County and Southern California. Fairplex is an educational and entertainment complex that is home to the L.A. County Fair and 500 year-round events.

Allison Holland, CSUF

 

Rebecca Rich, CGU

 

Diego Barrientos, Calarts

Randi Matushevitz

Conundrum Solo Exhibit

March 17th-April 20th, 2018 Opening reception: Saturday, March 17th, 6-9 p.m.

LAAA | Gallery 825 825 N. La Cienaga Blvd., CA 90069 Ph. 310.652.8272

Randi Matushevitz’s unmasked expressionism

(Los Angeles, California) – Gallery 825 is pleased to present a solo exhibit with L.A.-based artist Randi Matushevitz whose works on canvas deliver an unmasked view of humanity within our current socio-political climate. Matushevitz’s themes of social inequities seen from the point of view of the homeless and technologically-mobile paint a stark portrait of humanity.

Matushevitz further draws upon contrasts materially, through dense networks of markmaking, stenciling, spray-painting, and traditional painting in oil and acrylic. The works’ charged positive and negative spaces illuminate her subjects conflating tender vulnerability with violence and dislocation.

Matushevitz draws upon and resonates with the aesthetics of German Expressionism whose adopters reacted to the rise of academic art, nationalism, and militarism leading up to, and during World War I. Expressionism’s narratives advanced humanistic ideas of social displacement, alienation, urbanization and eschewed formal conventions of Impressionism and academic art. In her 2017 essay Expressive Intensity, writer Betty Ann Brown articulated in Matushevitz’s art, an essential expression of the “…the human condition, our quest for connectivity, and the pain we all suffer in this earthly existence.”

The public is invited to attend Matushevitz’s opening reception on Sunday, March 17th, 6-9 p.m. where the artist will be on hand to discuss her techniques and questions.

Susan Amorde, Installation at Shoebox Projects, 2017
Susan Amorde, Installation at Shoebox Projects, 2017

Susan Amorde: Sculptor and Installation Artist

This week, we bring you the work of Susan Amorde. Susan uses vintage suitcases and luggage carriers as metaphors of the metaphysical baggage we all carry with us. Susan’s work will be in Feminism Now at Shoebox Projects, February 25 to March 11 and in Points of View at Muzeumm opening March 3. Susan was recently profiled in the print edition of the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

Artist Statement

My recent mixed media works explore the notion of baggage— in all its emotional and physical manifestations.I use vintage suitcases I find at markets, thrift stores, and garage sales assembling them in myriad ways.When I happen upon a suitable suitcase, I know it instantly— as something about its character and my imagining of its history immediately resonates. I choose these specific vintage items for their personalities and for the narrative potential I can weave into my art. My sculptures are imbued with a sense of nostalgia; however, I am simultaneously exploring the more psychological and emotional connotations of baggage.

I am meticulous about my materials and carefully consider all aspects of the elements that comprise my artworks. Nothing is arbitrary or left to chance. Materials are chosen for their visual, historical and conceptual significance. My suitcase pieces range in size; some are shown as individual works while others are combined to become large-scale sculptures and installations. I address themes that range from the intimate to the universal.

In many of my works, I comment on psychological and social issues while simultaneously asking the viewer to imagine not only the contents of the valises but also their prior histories and the various travels of their diverse but absent owners. I believe these pieces to be about collective experiences.

In some of my smaller pieces I insert antique brass portholes into the sides of the suitcases. The portholes function as windows into private, womb-like worlds that are filled with small objects and carefully lit from within. The vignettes I create in these water filled spaces evoke a sense of discovery as if the viewer has happened upon a sunken treasure— in the form of small keepsakes— that reference the passage of time as well as the notion of being hooked or captured. In these pieces, I hope to evoke the sense of looking into the souls of the past and present. The pieces are also about the transformation of personal narratives into something universal.

In all my works, both past and present, I am interested in metaphorically representing human emotions, universal themes and the baggage people carry— both literally and spiritually—using carefully chosen vintage objects that I transform and juxtapose in various ways to comment on the hardship and joys of life’s journey.