Susan Ziegler "State of Play" at LIU Brooklyn
I'm pleased to be exhibiting a series of monotypes at the Resnick Gallery at Long Island University Brooklyn, One University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
The show runs April 3rd - April 28th 2017.
Review: "Linked in Landscape"
Linked in Landscape
By Victoria Donohoe, For The Inquirer
POSTED: June 08, 2012
Ever see a group show by one of those "intertwined networks" of painters who studied in graduate school under certain influential teachers before going their separate ways? Put together thoughtfully, such a show can deliver lots of insights.
Gross McCleaf Gallery is offering "The Landscape Abstracted," featuring eight area painters, five of whom have fairly recent master of fine arts degrees from Penn, and two who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Looking around the show, it's easy to spot some truly remarkable talent among people whose work is dissimilar, yet somehow visually interconnected.
Unhesitatingly, I'd say the show's most impressive works are by Susan Ziegler and Eric Huckabee, who seem at opposite poles from each other stylistically at first glance, she Penn-trained, he at PAFA. Ziegler's single, very large, awesome landscape painting Promise of Escape has key elements both pictorially and emotionally. There's unity of color and atmosphere and something enigmatic about it. At the same time, it engages our eyes, giving us entrance into this panoramic scene that stretches into the far distance, so we're slow to take our gaze away from it. And even then, the image stays in our mind long after. Something highly unusual has been achieved, a fine balance between the specific and the abstract.
Alexis Serio's landscapes seem close to Ziegler's in containing large areas of saturated color and bands of evocative color that flow and mutate, drawing our eye toward the deep distance. Naomi Chung, by contrast, portrays hefty fractured flower forms across a surface.
Eric Huckabee, an academy master of fine arts and nonetheless this show's dedicated abstractionist, enjoys an enthusiastic early following. He wants abstract painting to be understood as a kind of constructed fiction directly experienced from a real response to relationships. Huckabee achieves particular distinction in several paintings that balance description and abstraction through the unifying means of color in ways that make a serious bid for originality. Other exhibitors are Martha Armstrong, Marlene Rye, Jenny Hager, and Pete Zebley.
Gross McCleaf Gallery, 127 S. 16th St.
To June 29. Tue-Fri 10-5. 215-665-8138.
Review "Her Abstracts are Full of Life"
Her Abstracts are Full of Life
By Edward J. Sozanski INQUIRER ART CRITIC
POSTED: July 29, 2005
For artists such as Susan Ziegler, nature remains the ultimate role model.
However, Ziegler doesn't merely describe or imitate nature; she achieves
something far more difficult.
Using a personal abstract language inspired by observation and sensation,
she creates analogs, fantastical paintings that communicate knowledge of
natural forms and phenomena and pulse with life without attempting to
Ziegler's paintings on display at the Gross McCleaf Gallery explode with
vitality generated by light, color and movement. The painted energy looks
and feels perfectly natural even though the artist's imagination supplies the
Ziegler does use shapes that suggest familiar organisms, particularly
whole flowers and petals. Besides these, she deploys swarms of winged
objects that might be butterflies, a yellow-and-purple "spiderweb," and
leafy aggregations that look like mosaics.
Several paintings feature bright yellow effusions; they could be taken for
suns, but one is more inclined to consider them balls of pure energy.
Besides the swirling, fluttering movement in most paintings - oils and
acrylics, along with some gouaches - Ziegler sets up forceful visual
tensions by, for instance, combining sharp detail with fuzzy color fields.
Hues are punched up to maximum vividness, and even negative spaces
become emotionally charged.
Without using a single literal quote, Ziegler extols the complex glories of
nature so effectively that one's spirits lift - at least until one goes back
outdoors into the smothering tropical heat.
Gross McCleaf, 127 S. 16th St.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Through Aug. 19. 215-665-
8138 or www.grossmccleaf.com.
Philadelphia Inquirer http://articles.philly.com/2005-07-29/entertainment/25432762_1_paintings-ziegler-sets-nature