This exhibition cycle includes work by Susan Luss and will be on display November 14, 2018 – January 5, 2019 in our North Floor Gallery.
About the artist:
Susan Luss, (b. El Paso, Texas) is a trans-disciplinary artist living in New York City, maintaining a studio in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Luss works with a range of found objects and other materials. She intermixes and assembles these, creating site responsive, yet adaptable works, which incorporate the architecture of space, the outside environment, and changing light.
Luss received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and her BFA in Studio Arts Painting from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Luss has exhibited her work at various venues in the New York area and beyond, including Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment in Huntsville, AL, Chashama in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition, The Knockdown Center and Sideshow Gallery in Brooklyn, The Hole in NYC, Haverstraw RiverArts in Haverstraw, NY, Garner Arts Center in Garner, NY, Westbeth Gallery and The Painting Center in NYC, among others. Luss has curated exhibitions at Pratt Institute, Westbeth Gallery, and Aaron Davis Hall, City College of New York. She serves as an advisory board member of ArtShape Mammoth, a non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate arts research, education, and dialogue by supporting the development of artists and connecting them with new communities. Luss’s work is held in public and private collections including Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and LaTable des Artists, Paris, among others. She recently completed an artist residency at Acumen in Brooklyn sponsored by COPE NYC.
From the artist:
Home Sweet Home (And Other Suchness)
One thing deeply important to me is the idea of place. Of home. A space for digging in, finding the hidden in the revealed through reflection, conversation, adaption, and integration. Creating a personal archeological site by excavation through process and time.
It was August 2017 and I was invited back to my home town, Huntsville, Alabama, after a forty-year absence, to participate in a group exhibition at Lowe Mill. While in Huntsville, I visited every place I had lived from the ages of five to eighteen. Seven places in thirteen years. When I returned home to New York, I was struck by the realization that I had been carrying around this heavy weight attached to those years and those places. So I decided to re-visit each home, to make an archeological site by reverse excavation, re-visioning each place in the present.
Recycling, imprinting, mark making, gestural residue. I use canvas as site, as the landscape, the container of place. Dye is a primary material for transforming the canvas landscape with leftover marks and gestures created by my body’s activity. Other materials I use for mark making are found, gifted, and recovered construction materials, like scaffolding wire, bricks, wood, rusty metal plates, and rope.
The canvas works in Home Sweet Home (And Other Suchness)start out as references to another place and time, but they have been transformed through process into something different, becoming uniquely what they are now, in the present. Other works included are artifacts of the that process and investigation. Cultural markers of time. Together, this collection of canvases and artifacts adapt in response to the unique architecture of Lowe Mill, utilizing the floor, the walls, the ceiling, the inside and outside, thus making a new home at Lowe Mill.
I am interested in how we carry the weight of our life experiences with us. How those experiences accumulate over time and are manifested physically, in the present. How our perceptions are layered and shift and expand and blend together, bringing us to where we are today. How we are infinitely adapting ourselves, making any place a home.
Lowe Mill cultivates and grows from the community that resides with in it and around it. Working artists. Lowe Mill has built an inclusive place. A home. In doing so, making it possible for artists of all backgrounds to achieve critical roles in growing and sustaining their own lives and the lives of each other. In our current times, I feel that we as artists have an imperative to make our homes adaptable, not only for our own lives, but also adaptable as places that can include the lives of others accumulated life experiences.