The Whole Future, 48x40". Colored pencil on paper, 2008
Darin Klein & Friends return to Amy Adler’s Echo Park studio with artist Suzanne Wright. During her month-long residency, Suzanne will be using Amy’s studio as her own. Displaying sculptures and works on paper in various states of completion, Suzanne will grant visitors access to her creative process as she works on the drawing Cockpit as well as her new Galactic Glory Hole series.
Suzanne’s large-scale drawings rendered in rainbow hues often critique cultural standards with their placement of the female body in positions that question power and control. She states that “Manmade structures simulate and fuse with the body. The women in the work dominate these industrial structures as they incorporate them into their own bodies, simultaneously being corrupted by them.”
Meanwhile, her intricate geometric sculptures made from balsa wood and cut photographs could be seen as futuristic teleportation devices. Of Double Transmission (from the Transtar series), Suzanne offers us this: “There is a sense of potential, a process beginning or perhaps a separation nearing completion. Two entities in a liminal state. The lines of communication are severed, but at the ready to re-engage.” These ideas are presented through the abstraction of ubiquitous images such as religious iconography and electrical towers.
Social engagement and political action have long been aspects of Suzanne’s life and work. Hosting community-driven get-togethers while educating and learning from friends and strangers remain integral parts of this ongoing project which temporarily re-purposes Amy’s studio to give other artists a platform for the expression of their own ideas. We invite you to attend our scheduled series of programs at the studio featuring artists and peers using vocabularies complementary to Suzanne’s.
Suzanne Wright received a BFA in sculpture from Cooper Union in 1990, attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2004 and is currently completing her MFA at the University of California, San Diego. She has had solo exhibitions at Monya Rowe, Stefan Stux, DeChiara-Stewart, and White Columns, all in New York City; and Church and Maple Gallery in Burlington, VT. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally.
Amy Adler currently lives and works in Los Angeles and is Associate Professor of Visual Art at the University of California San Diego.
Collaborating with an ever-expanding network of friends, Darin Klein curates and organizes exhibitions and arts programming, simultaneously producing, collecting and promoting artists’ publications and independent media. Darin is the Programs Coordinator at the Hammer Museum, where he also curated his first museum exhibition, Hammer Projects: Christopher Russell (January – April 2009).