Monday, March 5, 2012

Wishful Thinking . Suzanne Laura Kammin



A Northern Zone; 2014; oil on canvas over panel; 40 inches by 44 inches 

Slingshot; 2014; oil on canvas over panel; 16 inches by 20 inches

The New World; 2014; oil on canvas over panel; 16 inches by 20 inches

The Offering; 2014; oil on canvas over panel; 50 inches by 44 inches

The Way to Colchis; 2014; oil on canvas over panel; 24 inches by 18 inches

Wishful Thinking; 2013; oil on panel; 14 inches by 14 inches





My work is influenced by a wide spectrum of visual art including classical realism, impressionism, expressionism, modernism, abstraction and pure non- objectivity as well as by a deep and abiding interest in psychology and Buddhist philosophy.  Using the vernacular of 1970’s era design and electronica, I explore ideas of wholeness, belonging and connectedness.  Painted lines read as roads or passageways and can be interpreted as a metaphor for a spiritual and psychological journey of growth and transformation.  Hard edges are juxtaposed against distressed and improvisatory passages, creating works that are both sleek and forgiving.  A mixture of the humane and technological, these images reflect my inspirations and interests and communicate a sense of expansiveness, magic and mystery.

Suzanne Laura Kammin has worked as both an abstract and representational painter but has consistently been interested in the materiality of the painted surface.  Suzanne’s work investigates the two-dimensionality of the picture plane, playing with ways to represent and contradict deep and flat space using color, mark, texture and translucency. 

Suzanne was born in New York City and grew up in Manhattan and Toronto, Canada. She received her BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and studied painting abroad at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland while an undergraduate and at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver at the graduate level.  She is a two time recipient of a grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation and has had her paintings and drawings exhibited in galleries and art institutions both nationally and in Canada. 

Suzanne has been a visiting artist at Pratt Institute and Roger Williams University and currently teaches painting, drawing and design and The Montclair Art Museum, Caldwell College and Parsons School of Design, where she has served as an assistant professor for eleven years.  Suzanne is also the founder of Left Bank Studio School, a private art school that she runs out of her beautiful live/work space in Newark, NJ.

Suzanne will present "Tales from the Turnpike" at The University of Maine Museum of Art from Oct. 2, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015 .






































































 
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I strive to find clarity and resolution in line, color, and form, while challenging viewers' perceptions of surface and space through simple, precise gestures on wood.
A largely self-taught artist, Kirkland has had solo exhibitions in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, IN, and Richmond, VA, in addition to many curated group exhibitions across the country.  In 2012, Kirkland was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the amount of $8,000. In January 2010, he was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.  Kirkland was awarded the Robert Riddic

k Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum, selected twice as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize for artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, and won a Cummings MFA Grant.  His work was acquired by the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their permanent collection.  In addition to his studio practice, Kirkland has curated numerous exhibitions, published art criticism, and served as Director of Exhibitions for a contemporary art gallery in Washington, D.C.   
I strive to find clarity and resolution in line, color, and form, while challenging viewers' perceptions of surface and space through simple, precise gestures on wood. A largely self-taught artist, Kirkland has had solo exhibitions in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, IN, and Richmond, VA, in addition to many curated group exhibitions across the country.  In 2012, Kirkland was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the amount of $8,000. In January 2010, he was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.  Kirkland was awarded the Robert Riddick Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum, selected twice as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize for artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, and won a Cummings MFA Grant.  His work was acquired by the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their permanent collection.  In addition to his studio practice, Kirkland has curated numerous exhibitions, published art criticism, and served as Director of Exhibitions for a contemporary art gallery in Washington, D.C.   
I strive to find clarity and resolution in line, color, and form, while challenging viewers' perceptions of surface and space through simple, precise gestures on wood. A largely self-taught artist, Kirkland has had solo exhibitions in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, IN, and Richmond, VA, in addition to many curated group exhibitions across the country.  In 2012, Kirkland was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the amount of $8,000. In January 2010, he was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.  Kirkland was awarded the Robert Riddick Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum, selected twice as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize for artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, and won a Cummings MFA Grant.  His work was acquired by the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their permanent collection.  In addition to his studio practice, Kirkland has curated numerous exhibitions, published art criticism, and served as Director of Exhibitions for a contemporary art gallery in Washington, D.C.   
I strive to find clarity and resolution in line, color, and form, while challenging viewers' perceptions of surface and space through simple, precise gestures on wood. A largely self-taught artist, Kirkland has had solo exhibitions in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, IN, and Richmond, VA, in addition to many curated group exhibitions across the country.  In 2012, Kirkland was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the amount of $8,000. In January 2010, he was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.  Kirkland was awarded the Robert Riddick Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum, selected twice as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize for artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, and won a Cummings MFA Grant.  His work was acquired by the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their permanent collection.  In addition to his studio practice, Kirkland has curated numerous exhibitions, published art criticism, and served as Director of Exhibitions for a contemporary art gallery in Washington, D.C.   
I strive to find clarity and resolution in line, color, and form, while challenging viewers' perceptions of surface and space through simple, precise gestures on wood. A largely self-taught artist, Kirkland has had solo exhibitions in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, IN, and Richmond, VA, in addition to many curated group exhibitions across the country.  In 2012, Kirkland was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the amount of $8,000. In January 2010, he was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.  Kirkland was awarded the Robert Riddick Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum, selected twice as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize for artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, and won a Cummings MFA Grant.  His work was acquired by the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their permanent collection.  In addition to his studio practice, Kirkland has curated numerous exhibitions, published art criticism, and served as Director of Exhibitions for a contemporary art gallery in Washington, D.C.   
I strive to find clarity and resolution in line, color, and form, while challenging viewers' perceptions of surface and space through simple, precise gestures on wood. A largely self-taught artist, Kirkland has had solo exhibitions in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, IN, and Richmond, VA, in addition to many curated group exhibitions across the country.  In 2012, Kirkland was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the amount of $8,000. In January 2010, he was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.  Kirkland was awarded the Robert Riddick Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum, selected twice as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize for artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, and won a Cummings MFA Grant.  His work was acquired by the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their permanent collection.  In addition to his studio practice, Kirkland has curated numerous exhibitions, published art criticism, and served as Director of Exhibitions for a contemporary art gallery in Washington, D.C.   
I strive to find clarity and resolution in line, color, and form, while challenging viewers' perceptions of surface and space through simple, precise gestures on wood. A largely self-taught artist, Kirkland has had solo exhibitions in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, IN, and Richmond, VA, in addition to many curated group exhibitions across the country.  In 2012, Kirkland was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the amount of $8,000. In January 2010, he was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.  Kirkland was awarded the Robert Riddick Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum, selected twice as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize for artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, and won a Cummings MFA Grant.  His work was acquired by the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their permanent collection.  In addition to his studio practice, Kirkland has curated numerous exhibitions, published art criticism, and served as Director of Exhibitions for a contemporary art gallery in Washington, D.C.   
I strive to find clarity and resolution in line, color, and form, while challenging viewers' perceptions of surface and space through simple, precise gestures on wood. A largely self-taught artist, Kirkland has had solo exhibitions in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, IN, and Richmond, VA, in addition to many curated group exhibitions across the country.  In 2012, Kirkland was awarded a Professional Artist Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the amount of $8,000. In January 2010, he was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.  Kirkland was awarded the Robert Riddick Memorial Award from the Rawls Museum, selected twice as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize for artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, and won a Cummings MFA Grant.  His work was acquired by the University of Kentucky Art Museum for their permanent collection.  In addition to his studio practice, Kirkland has curated numerous exhibitions, published art criticism, and served as Director of Exhibitions for a contemporary art gallery in Washington, D.C.   
     
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...up, down, turn around, please don't let me hit the ground