Jack Shainman Gallery is pleased to announce in Spring 2017:
For her first solo exhibition with the gallery, Becky Suss addresses the process of remembering and the particular psychology of space. Through her paintings of meticulously organized interiors, often staged with objects of personal significance, the domestic emerges as a site for reflection. August (2016) depicts a hallway peering into a home office and living room. Two chairs are placed across from each other, and while devoid of sitters, they imply both the absence and presence of inhabitants; the furniture’s rounded, bulky forms take on bodily dimensions, their confrontational configuration as if in deep conversation.
Blue Apartment (2016) and Red Apartment (2016) draw on the artist’s memory of a family friend’s home: two Manhattan apartments joined together, the walls painted contrasting colors. The fusing of disparate residences echoes the overall anachronistic mixing of decor from various places and periods—distinct and eclectic, united only by the tastes of their owners—that permeate Suss’ recent paintings. An overall flatness underscores the psychological aspect, rendering the tableaus uncanny and dollhouse-like. What resonates is how a dwelling, despite its rigid physical structure, can adapt, welcoming the day-to-day histories, eccentricities, and impressions of the people who move between its walls. Space becomes a metaphor for being human, ripe with mnemonic potential for intimacy, discovery, and transformation.
Suss was born in 1980 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she is currently based. She received an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley, a BA from Williams College, and in 2013 attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
In fall 2015, Suss’ first solo museum exhibition was on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. She has also exhibited at the storied Philadelphia artist collectives Vox Populi and Space 1026, of which she is a former member. Becky Suss, a forthcoming catalogue, will be published later this year as an accompaniment to her recent exhibition at ICA Philadelphia.