The Suffering Artist; A Chronicle of Pain Seldom Found in the Garret
These images are selected from a series combining text, photographs and drawings. It’s a picaresque chronicle of pain set in Chicago at the dawn of the millennium and the Bush administration. This documentary speaks in an equivocal voice of the artist as self-observer, using size, shape, terse commentary and the pseudo veracity of the digitized image to bolster this ironic stance. Though the narrative is oblique and discursive, it winds back to certain motifs: the urban/political milieu of Chicago; the painful habitation of the body; the wholly interior/insulated experience of a neurological disorder; the clichéd but enduring association of illness with the artistic temperament and the feverish intensity of visionary insight; the shared mysteries of medicine and art, love, sex, and drugs.
Dry, sometimes humorous texts are interspersed with images forming a tacit plot and recurrent structure. The content can be diaristic, particular and disturbing but the text is often caustic and bemused. While many pieces are elaborated with collage and painting, the series retains the voyeuristic edge of documentary photography. Even the most tactile images (an embroidered text on a silk map, a shaped skin of acrylic transfer mounted on embroidered linen) are attached to document-sized paper as if they are mounted specimens of experience. The 8.5” x 11” document size and the inclusion of margins imply an imprimatur of objectivity.
Artist Bio / CV
SUSAN GOFSTEIN Bloomington, IL
Music Garage, Chicago, Careerday.org, College of Saint Elizabeth,Morristown,NJ,Artist Space,NYC,Brett Sikima Gallery, NYC,MacLean County Art Center,Bloomington IL,College of William and Mary,Williamsburg,VA,Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington,IL,School of the Art Institute of Chicago,Chicago Cultural Center,Rockford Museum, Rockford IL,Artemisia Gallery, Chicago,Riverside Art Center,Riverside,IL,Ukrainian Institute of Art, Chicago,NIU Art Gallery,Chicago,Stockton–Culver College, Canton, MO,CROWN CENTER GALLERY, Loyola University,
Chicago,EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERITY,Charleston, IL,
ARTSPACE,Atlanta,GA,,SPRINGFIELD ART CENTER, Springfield IL,CHICAGO SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY, Chicago, COLUMBIA COLLEGE, Columbus,MO,LIMELIGHT, Chicago,UNITED BANK CENTER,Denver,CO,,BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART, Youngstown,OH, J.ROSENTHAL FINE ARTS, Chicago, HODGES/BANKS GALLERY,Seattle,FOUNTAIN GALLERY, Portland,OR,WESLEYAN COLLEGE,Macon GA,SEATTLE CENTER, Seattle,FOUNTAIN FINE ARTS,Seattle,UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON,Seattle WA, PENRYN GALLERY,Seattle
PUBLICATION:THE NEW YORK TIMES: Well: Tara Parker Pope
JOURNAL OF PAIN, (Cover) University of Pittsburgh, PA
EXPERIENCE: Centrum, Port Townsend WA
PAIN AND PALLIATIVE CARE, (Cover), Haworth Press, Binghamton NY:
IN THESE TIMES, Chicago IL,
CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Chicago IL
NEW CITY REVIEW, Chicago IL, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER Seattle
CLINTON STREET QUARTERLY, Portland, OR, SEATTLE WEEKLY Seattle, WA SEATTLE TIMES, Seattle, WA, DRAWING MAGAZINE, “Drawing in, the Northwest”, PROVIDENCE JOURNAL-BULLETIN, Providence RI, THE CONTEMPORARY QUILT, (Book) Chase and Dolbier New York: E.P.Dutton & Co.
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, CENTRUM FOUNDATION, Port Townsend, WA ,UCROSS FOUNDATION,ARTIST IN RESIDENCE.,Ucross WY,
YADDO ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, Saratoga Springs, NY MACDOWELL COLONY FELLOW, Peterborough, NH
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, Certificate in Liberal Arts UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON M.F.A.1981
RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN B.F.A.1977
SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO,SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY