Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunday Pick: Becky Suss

Living Room (Yogi 2), 72 x 96 inches, oil on linen, 2013

76 Meadow Woods Road, oil on linen, 72 x 120 inches, 2012

Navajo Rug, 14 x 14 inches, oil on linen, 2013

Pillow #1, oil on canvas, 14 x 14 inches, 2012

Wish You Were Here, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches, 2011

Diamond Street, Sumi ink on paper, 22 x 30 inches, 2011
It brings me great joy to look at and share the work of Philadelphia painter Becky Suss.  I first came across her work when my studio mate Katie Pomerantz put together a beautiful show, Wish You Were There a few years ago.  I recently stumbled back on her website and found some really interesting new work.

I love the way the images are composed and how they feel like continuations of each other from one painting to the next.  The drawings are really intriguing too, there are quite a few depicting murals here around Philly (see last image).  They blend many visual and conceptual thoughts: nature with architecture (which by itself has felt quite overdone as subject matter in my opinion)  but also the faux nature depicted in the murals up against real trees and grass and then also the doubling of making drawings of paintings -- so there are all of these strange layers going on in the work that are really subtle and thoughtful and visually exciting.

Suss is currently in a show, Reprefantasion,with some other strong Philadelphia painters at Fleisher Ollman, on through February 1, I am so looking forward to seeing some of these in person.


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