Susan Gunn

Susan Gunn’s Solo exhibition at Mandell’s Gallery 4th – 27th Feb 2016

The limitation of the painting genre reiterates a reference to the human body – its edges confine its history, which is disclosed to the viewer over time. Susan Gunn uses natural earth pigment and an authentic glue binder to make surfaces that react to the environmental conditions and the tension in the canvas. Cracks and fissures appear in the surface that are beyond the artists control and, historically, considered defects in the gesso. The organic nature of the fissures are in opposition with the strict geometry embedded in the painting. The resilience and fragility of the medium is exposed, apparent and contradictory.

The entity of painting embodies the immediacy of an encounter. Gunn’s paintings provoke tacit responses both to the object of the painting and its surface, presenting not a representation of any nameable thing but a poetics, in the fundamental sense of poesis: a movement of coming into thought of the process of making.

In a recent essay, The Beauty of Imperfection, by Robert Priseman he concludes…

“Tragedy is the birthplace of the sacred…the loss of those we love reminds us of how precious life is. In representing this in art, Gunn offers a series of universal images which depict the fragile and lost in all of us…in doings so, she creates a metaphor for our broken nature, which clearly defines the beauty of our imperfect humanity.”

COLLECTIONS

MADISON MUSEUM OF FINE ART, ATLANTA USA

ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND, EAST, CAMBRIDGE UK

ARCHANT, NATIONAL COLLECTION UK

THE SOVEREIGN ART FOUNDATION, COLLECTION HONG KONG

NORWICH CASTLE MUSEUM & ART GALLERY, PUBLIC COLLECTION UK

SAINSBURY COLLECTION, SCVA, UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA UK

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS UK

EAST ANGLIAN PAINTING COLLECTION, IPSWICH UNIVERSITY UK

SWINDON MUSEUM & ART GALLERY, PUBLIC COLLECTION UK

ABBOT HALL GALLERY & MUSEUM, PUBLIC COLLECTION UK

RUGBY MUSEUM & ART GALLERY, PUBLIC COLLECTION UK

THE PRISEMAN – SEABROOK, PRIVATE COLLECTION UK

THE KOMECHACK MUSEUM & ART GALLERY UNIVERSITY COLLECTION , CHICAGO USA

NEW ENTERPRISE CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA, NORFOLK UK

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