Susan Bee

Susan Bee Interview

Painting & film noir, masks, women behind bars, collage, fairy tales, & disaster

Susan Bee interviewed by Tom Winchester at Sovereign Nation

Susan Bee‘s Recalculating at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn examines all of art history through a postmodern lens: as if its most epic battles were appropriated then compressed onto a canvas in a style that is similar to the way that David Salle, Nicole Eisenman, and Cindy Sherman have created their compositions. Without losing her style to a sea of reproductions, Bee maintains Recalculating as an exhibition of paintings that makes its two distinct themes battle each other in order to expose their tenuous theoretical commonalities. On the surface ironic fairy tales of domestic disputes and shattered windows build a film noir representative of today’s sobered ideals. Below the surface is a painterly, Bauhaus-inspired formal deconstruction that sometimes hides beneath objects that are fully rendered. The paintings’ formal tension reflects their dissonant narratives, creating a universality that art aspires to.

Susan Bee: The first series of paintings are stills from film noirs, mostly black-and-whites that I’ve made in color. They’re arranged in an abstract narrative with recurring characters like the man with the hat and the blonde woman, driving, windows, guns – there’s a lot of hints of violence in the film noirs. They usually end badly.

Susan Bee: Recalculating -- New Paintings

at A.I.R. in Brooklyn, opens 5/26

May 25-June 19, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 26, 6-8 pm
A.I.R. Gallery, 111 Front Street, #228, in DUMBO, Brooklyn
GALLERY HOURS: Wed-Sun, 11AM - 6PM

Digital preview:
thirty-seven new paintings now on-line

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