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Becky Suss – An Artist’s Dwelling (18)

Becky Suss, a contemporary figurative painter, was born in Philadelphia in 1980 where she currently lives and works. She holds a BA from Williams College and an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of Vox Populi, and a former member of Space 1026, she is currently represented by Fleisher Ollman gallery.  She often explores the ennui of vacant spaces and the energy of empty interiors. Her canvases hint at folk patterns and modern architecture.

Becky Suss, Untitled (interior), 2013, Oil on linen

Untitled (interior), 2013, Oil on linen by Becky Suss

Becky Suss, Reading Room, 2012, Oil on Canvas

Becky Suss, Reading Room, 2012, Oil on Canvas by Becky Suss

In the series above, Suss plays with stark geometric angles, sculptural vases ala Morandi, the natural patterns of house plants, and midcentury modernism. The bric-a-brac captures the edited eccentricity of homes.

Becky Suss Interiors
 allen + roth Rectangular Cream Woven Area Rug
  Lotta Jansdotter Redig Serving Bowl
 Sophie Conran For Portmeirion Medium Salad Bowl
 Vintage Chinese Famille Rose Mille-Fleur Vase
 Jonathan Adler Futura Greek Boarders Vase
 Jonathan Adler Futura Circles Vase
 Mother in Law Tongue in Stray Dog Aqua
 60″ Benjamin Ficus Standard
24″ Reggie Assortment
 Scalamandre: Haute Decor
 Vanity Fair 100 Years
 Unison Sculpture Today Book
 Places To Go, People To See Coffee Table Book
 Teal Ribbed Ceramic Pitcher Vase
 Rose Ribbed Two-Handle Ceramic Vase
 H&M Ceramic Vase
 Mid-Century Danish Modern Poul Jensen Selig Lounge Chair
 Sarreid Ltd. Tobacco Oak Two-Drawer Chest
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On a very wet day, on the almost frozen banks of the Hudson River, VOLTA NY held its seventh annual exhibition, and inaugural showing at Pier 90 in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. The somber weather minimized the number of competing eyeballs for art and foot traffic on the exhibition paths. Selfishly, this helped me to connect on a very deep level with many of the galleries’ offerings.

VOLTA NY is a platform for challenging, often complementary — and sometimes competing — ideas about contemporary art. The show is related to The Armory, in that it happens simultaneously, however its focus is diffrent. Rather than a gallery exhibition focuses on its largest ticket names, or proliferating its booth with as many recognizable pieces as possible, the shows begs visitors to deeply focus. In short, the show is about organic discovery and solo projects.

Stopping for artsy snacks from Little Neck, Everyman Espresso and Er Baretto, and lots of desserts between the booths, the entire experience felt otherworldly because of the gloomy day and its disconnect with bright acrylic, neon lights and seemingly surreal visuals.

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Bryn Craig – An Artist’s Dwelling (17)

Bryn Craig was born in 1931 in Lansdale, PA. He studied at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art and with the Art Students League of New York, and taught at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. At 83, Craig is represented by three galleries, and continues to create.

The artist’s work explores the relationship between people and interiors. Many of his canvases are filled with a subtle moodiness and subdued emptiness. He distorts rooms, elongates perspectives, or skews proportion of items in order to convey the real essence of a place.

Bryn Craig The Star Quilt, 2014 Gallery Bergelli

Bryn Craig, The Star Quilt, oil on canvas, 2014, Gallery Bergelli

Craig writes, “Although my work is representational, I am definitely not a photo realist. I try to include much more than just the surface of a place. I want to express my emotions about the subject and to stimulate emotions in the viewer.” To me, Craig’s painting above conveys the strangeness one feels when they are staying at a friend’s house on vacation – the uncanny sensation that a room is yours, but also is not home. Those silent moments of being alone in a shared vacation home, perhaps on the Cape, can be calming but also disorienting.

Vacation home decor items inspired by Bryn Craig, painter

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Craig’s process involves photographing one location at various times of day, and from many angles. Although he uses the snaps to direct some of his painting, he is not concerned if a lighting fixture is out of place, or a building changes colors.  In this way, his works become a sort of fantasy invention.

Drawing from his travels as well as from his commonplace interiors, Craig’s paintings are imbued with color, feeling and texture.

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