Susan Sills - http://www.susansillscutouts.com
In conjunction with the Art Slope Festival, we are pleased to announce the participation of the renowned painter and cutout artist Susan Sills in our gallery opening event for Portraits from the New Jazz Age . Susan has installed the piece QUE SERA SEURAT? from her series Updating the Masters at the Gowanus Darkroom space. This lifesize installation is breathtakingly beautiful. Come see it in person at our gallery opening on Sept 17th.
"My life-size, freestanding cutouts are an attempt at a whimsical restructuring of art history. By releasing familiar images from the confinement of the frame and thrusting them into real space the paintings confront the contemporary viewer in new and surprising ways that invariably provoke not only smiles but also fresh insights.
Continuing a project I started over 20 years ago, my sculptures explore the magic of encountering familiar personages from Art History in a totally new context, often putting them together in combinations that tell a completely new story. Renoir's dancing couple, Velasquez' princess, Gauguin's Tahitian maiden all somehow change when they enter our rooms.
With a jigsaw I carefully cut fine birch plywood to shape, and then recreate in oil paints the original artist's technique, be it the heavy impasto of Van Gogh or the subtle glazes of Ingres. Rendered life size regardless of the size of the original, they are able to relate not only to us but also to each other."