SUSAN WHITE


Flag IV
October 25, 2019, 11:41 pm
Filed under: exhibitions, installations, thorn works

I was invited to exhibit the most recent in a series of American flags made of honey locust thorns in the exhibition, PopUp, in Como, Italy in the fall of this year, 2019.  It was such an honor to exhibit this work in the former Chiesa di San Francesco with a group of artists from across the world. The exhibition was hosted by Miniartextil / Arte & Arte. This is the 29th year for this exhibition.

The thorn flag reflects the angst and frustration, the sense of disarray, contentiousness and the fractious nature of democracy occurring at this moment in America.  The thorns themselves are elegant in their geometry and simplicity, yet daunting in their sense of danger and potential for destruction.  This is similar to the theory of democracy which is elegant in theory, yet dangerous when the freedoms it provides are abused and subverted for nefarious means.

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This project was supported by Miniartextil / Arte & Arte through their invitation to exhibit this work; by an Inspiration Grant from ArtsKC to support shipping of the work; by Studios, Inc. for their ongoing support as a three year Resident Artist; and by the wonderful  installation assistants in Como, Lucia and Anastasia, as well as my equally wonderful studio assistants in Kansas City, of whom there have been a number. My thanks go to all of them, and to the wonderful photographer and friend, EG Schempf, who’s careful and sensitive images have supported my work over the years. Thank you all.  What a pleasure it has been to make this work and to exhibit this work in such a dynamic international venue.

 

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Deconstructing Flag IV for shipping to Italy
September 6, 2019, 11:01 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

So this is what this piece, Flag IV, looks like suspended in my studio before deconstructing….Next comes the process of taking it down, packing it up and shipping it off to Como for installation in ex Chiesa di San Francesco.

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Exhibition in Como, Italy
August 30, 2019, 10:30 pm
Filed under: exhibitions, installations, thorn works

I have been invited to install this piece, Flag IV, in the exhibition, PopUp, hosted by Miniartextil / Arte & Arte at the Ex Chiesa di San Francesco in Como, Italy this fall. I’m very excited to be a part of this exhibition of international artists.  September 28–November 17, 2019.  The flag will be suspended vertically in a side alcove of the church.  The alcove is 19′ tall, the flag is 11′, so it will be suspended above the viewers’ heads. This photograph was taken by EG Schempf in my studio as a resident artist at Studios, Inc. in Kansas City.  This project has been supported by an Inspiration Grant / ArtsKC .

I hope it expresses something of the elegance and the darkness, even danger at this time, of American democracy.

 

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Shadow Sink at Fine Folk
June 11, 2019, 5:26 pm
Filed under: installations, thorn works

I currently have a thorn piece, Shadow Sink, installed in Fine Folk in the Crossroads in Kansas City, Missouri.  It needed to be moved back a few feet from the window and it was such a pleasure to see the ease and elegance with which Jeff Owen and his crew accomplished this task!

 

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Crating of “Rift”
September 18, 2018, 9:02 pm
Filed under: exhibitions, thorn works

The thorn piece, “Rift” is approximately 4′ wide and about 17′ long.  It will be going to the home of a collector in Kansas City in a few weeks. There was a bit of a lag between the time of de-installation of the piece and the re-installation of it in its new environment. I asked for help from a wonderfully talented art handler and mover.  I couldn’t be more pleased with his solution for transporting and storing this piece.  An elegant solution with such a light touch.  Looks like a new piece.  Thanks, Paul Churchill.

 

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Exhibition at Studios, Inc.
July 4, 2018, 11:25 pm
Filed under: exhibitions, installations, thorn works

This three person exhibition Autonomous Bodies featured the work of the three new resident artists,  Kathy Liao, Benjamin Rosenthal and me. It was on view from May 14 through June 15, 2018, at Studios, Inc. in Kansas City.  The show explored the ways in which the three of us address issues related to the body.  I’m particularly interested in the timeless relationship of the body to the landscape.  My piece, Rift, was related to systems both in the body and the landscape, such as neurological and vascular systems  as well as roots that burrow deeply into the soil.  I also had a series of  photographs, abstractions derived from pyrography,  that blurred line the line between flesh and the cosmos, sand and skin,  the unknown and the knowable.

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studiosinc:2018
March 15, 2018, 9:46 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

As a new resident artist at Studios, Inc. I am in a group exhibition that opened on March 9 and will be showing until April 13.    Here are a few images of my piece, Watcher.

It is a thorn installation photographed by the best photographer ever, EG Schempf.  Thank you, EG!  I am so pleased to be among this group of artists for the next three years.

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