“Minding Her Own Business”  Opening Friday, May 8,2015

Hanoi Wall Series #3

Hanoi Wall Series #3

GALLERY OBSERVATIONS

Hard as it may be to imagine, Sue Kirchner’s third exhibit (in less than four years) is possibly more ambitious than her first two.  In 2011, Still Point Gallery was honored to host “Regresar”, a highly successful show and Sue’s first exhibit following a fifteen year hiatus.  In 2013, she presented “Water Media”, a collection of water media paintings, combining inks, acrylics, pastels and collage.

Over the last couple of years Sue has set up a new studio in Little Italy’s Old School House and taught herself the art of encaustics, infusing them with both ancient and contemporary themes and her personal vision.  Sue’s recent travel experiences have been the resources for much of the creativity in this exhibit.  And, her range of media and her scope of interests are continuously fueled by the passion to experiment and create.  Still Point Gallery is delighted to represent her work once again in this show.

While the exhibit showcases the ancient art of encaustic painting, it also includes several highly contemporary digital paintings and monoprints.  The focus is clearly on Sue’s encaustic works but the juxtaposition of other pieces falls under the umbrella of “new media art” and provides the viewer with unexpected continuity.

Sue has won numerous awards, including the gold medal for best of show from the nationally prestigious Ohio Watercolor Society and a coveted Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist’s Fellowship.

We hope you can join us Friday evening May 8th from 5:00-8:00  to celebrate these extraordinary works of art.

IN HER OWN WORDS
“I know nature isn’t always kind and things don’t always run smoothly.  But there is so much beauty all around us, even in things that aren’t necessarily “perfect”.  Those walls I saw in Hanoi had been overused and neglected, with posters stuck on them, then torn off and weathered.  Mold was growing on them with the dampness.  Yet they had beautiful colors and patterns and they had stories to tell from all the time they had stood there.  The drain in our driveway is old and cracked.  It’s faded from years of sitting in the sun.  Every time we get a big rain it gets backed up, unable to handle all the water going through it.  It has been here through the lives of many families.  It has been run over by numerous cars and trucks.  Yet its colors are beautiful and it’s still full of all those little round circles that reflect the sun. Likewise, working with beeswax is an ancient process and its smell and feel are natural and earthy. There is a permanence to it that makes a finished piece seem as though it  has already been around for a long time and that nothing is likely to happen to it any time soon.  It will age and it may get some nicks and cracks but over time that will only make it more beautiful.  The term wabi sabi comes to mind … the beauty that is around us all the time, in places where we don’t often look to see it.”

Sue Kirchner, May, 2015.

Minding Her Own Bee's Wax, Solos Exhibit

Minding Her Own Bee’s Wax, Solos Exhibit

 

 

Sue Kirchner

“Regresar”  Opening Friday, June 18, 2010
A highly accomplished artist and long time resident of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Sue held a very successful solo exhibit at Still Point (formerly “Mezzanine Gallery”) in July, 2011. Her work ranges from acrylic paintings to emulsion transfers and she has developed and refined many of her own techniques that give her works a dimension rarely seen from artists.  Within her 2011 exhibit was showcased “Five Days in September”, a series of images she captured with an SX70 Polaroid camera following the 2004 hurricanes, Jean and Ivan.  Before the emulsion hardened she manipulated the prints, reinforcing the changing moods of the sky and water.  She then scanned each image and had them printed as archival pigment ink enlargements (approx 24″x24″).

Five Days of September
Five Days of September

Artist’s Statement (from “Regresar”)

“This exhibit is the first one I have done in almost 15 years.  Although I’ve continued to make art during that time, mostly I have spent these years learning.  Traveling with my husband has been a wonderful opportunity to see and do new things, and, in this sense, my art has definitely reflected my life, as I’ve had to learn new techniques to turn those experiences into my own art. With far less studio time for producing big paintings, I began making more and more use of my camera and, not having been a photographer before, it was a stretch for me.  At the same time I began using the computer and Photoshop opened up new doors for me as well.  First I experimented with Polaroid films and then I scanned the products into my computer and experimented with digital manipulation and transfers as well as creating my own substrates.

Traveling through new spaces leaves one with only quick glimpses with which to work.   And while the cycles of human history are fascinating, I am always struck more by time and its effects on nature. The aged buildings in Granada, walls that have stood for long years in Ireland and the Cotswold’s, the textures in the ancient villages in China, stone that has been carved with the Buddha and polished by all the hands that have touched it, over time, in supplication.   The effects of time are visceral.  The beauty in the veins of rocks that have weathered centuries of heat and cold, storms and wind, reflect a sense of the primal lifeblood in all things.  The molds growing on the walls inside the Hoover Dam are living colors deep and penetrating, breathing and growing, reflecting the dark and the dampness all around them.  The force of the wind and rain on the ocean during a hurricane changes the color and texture and rhythm of the water.  As I travel I want to sit and observe and assimilate all that the place has to tell me.  But one seldom gets the opportunity to do that when traveling and you must come away with fleeting observations that these places shout at you or whisper to you as you pass through.  You take your camera and click away in an effort to capture it, but then you must come back to your studio and dig it all back out, connect with it again and attempt to interpret what you felt when you were there.

This show is about what I’ve been learning during these years…about connections and reflections and time…and also about new techniques and the joy of change.  I’m intrigued to see the threads that run through the work as it hangs together.  With it comes an appreciation for the new direction my life has taken and for all that I have been learning along the way.”

Inside Hoover Dam (36"x36" archival pigment print on canvas)

Inside Hoover Dam (36″x36″ archival pigment print on canvas)