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Susan Frankel
updated: 10/20/2012
website: www.susanfrankel.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Portfolio Keywords:  pattern, repetition, mapping, memory, architecture, abstract, geometric, diagrammatic, systems, obsessive
 
 
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2011
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2010
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Artist Statement

These works from the series "circles and bridges" and "here to there" have evolved from looking at bridges. I am drawn to the structural elements that make up bridges, their strong supports, the way they repeat and the spaces they create. The negative spaces between supports capture a strong figure/ground relationship that suggests a rhythm.  And the rhythm moves and changes as the bridge's expanse moves through space.

I like to play around with the repeats, getting a rhythm going with the colors, lines, and forms, a rhythm of description. The description breaks apart and the elements fight for domination. In some paintings there are winning motifs, and in some paintings you are not sure which elements dominate. Within a limited palette strong tugs and intense contrasts prevail.

I also like to think about bridges as metaphors. How do you get from here to there? I love that they connect one aspect to another, that their purpose can be transitional, and that their physical existence is about their strength.

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

 Selected Group and Solo Exhibitions

2012 Susan FrankelHere to There: 1984–2012, Elmhurst College,Elmhurst,IL2010

Texas International, Austin State University,Nacogdoches, TX.Juror:Judy Pfaff

Art From the Heartland, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis,IN. Juror: Paul Klein

2009 Paint!  Climate/Gallery, Long Island City, NY. NEVER THINKsmall! Climate/Gallery, Long Island City, NY.   Art Connections 5 George Segal Gallery,Montclair, NJ. Evanston Art Center Auction/Ex hibition,  Evanston, IL. Manifest Drawing Annual:INDA 2008 Publication and online

2008   Evanston Art Center Auction/ExhibitionEvanston, IL

2006   Susan Frankel Recent Paintings, CorbettvsDempsey Gallery, Chicago, IL 

1996   Head to Toe Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Hinsdale, IL,  Curated by Susan Sazama

1991   Still Alive-Contemporary Still Life  Rockford College,   Rockford, IL   catalog/essay by Dr. L.Schneeman

1990   Susan Frankel Paintings   Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL Hyde Park Art Center Auction, Chicago, IL

1989   Past Perfect-Future Indicative  50th Anniversary Show,  Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL    Sun Times (review),        The Hyde Park Harrold (review).                                        Women By Women   ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL,  curated by Suellen Rocca, Edith Altman, Linda Kramer

1986   Self-PortraitsThen or Now ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL, curated by Mary Jane Jacob, Ray Yoshida, catalog with essay by James Yood

1985   Susan Frankel, Michelle Feder-Nadoff, Rebecca Shore,  Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL,  essay by Phil Hanson

1984   Art Expo-Navy Pier   ZAKS Gallery, Chicago, IL.          13th Biennial Michiana Regional Art Exposition, South Bend, IN   Juror: Mary Jane Jacob     catalog

1983   Art Expo-Navy Pier   ZAKS Gallery, Chicago, IL.      Ox-Bow Auction   Chicago, IL

Teaching

1989-1997  School Of the Art Institute of Chicago

1994           Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL

Education

1979   MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago  

1976   BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago                

1973   University of Illinois Chicago

Grants, Awards

1985   Illinois Arts Council, Artists Tech. Assist. Grant          

1981   Illinois Arts Council, Project Completion Grant           

1997   Lake Placid School of Art, Lake Placid, NY, full scholarship award from School of the Art Institute of Chicago