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Susan Gofstein
updated: 10/27/2010
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Chicago Is
Disco Unt
Tears
Another Casualty of the Bush Administration
Consume my Heart
House On Fire
Do I look Fat in This?
Desperately Connected
An Empty Coat
Hawking
George Bush Gives Me Chronic Pain
Swallow Hard Again
House Under Siege
Please Stop
Loud Smile
 
Portfolio Keywords:  text, figurative, psychological, documentary, autobiographical, collage, humor, memory, narrative, identity
 
 
Chicago Is by Susan Gofstein
Chicago Is
Embroidery,and gouache on ink jet print
2009
11"" x  8.5"" 
Disco Unt by Susan Gofstein
Disco Unt
Gouache and collage on ink jet print on paper
2010
11 " x  8.5 " 
Tears by Susan Gofstein
Tears
acrylic and collage on ink jet print/paper
2009
11 " x  8.5 " 
Another Casualty of the Bush Administration by Susan Gofstein
Another Casualty of the Bush Administration
Inkjet print with gouache,colored pencil, and colllage
2009
11"" x  8.5"" 
Consume my Heart  by Susan Gofstein
Consume my Heart
Colored Pencil
2009
11"" x  8.5"" 
House On Fire by Susan Gofstein
House On Fire
Gouache and collage on ink jet print on paper
2009
11"" x  8.5"" 
Do I look Fat in This? by Susan Gofstein
Do I look Fat in This?
Ink jet print with collage, embroidery,and acrylic
2010
11"" x  8.5"" 
Desperately Connected by Susan Gofstein
Desperately Connected
Inkjet print with colored pencil, and colllage
2009
11" " x  8.5" " 
An Empty Coat by Susan Gofstein
An Empty Coat
Inkjet print with gouache
2009
11"" x  8.5"" 
Hawking by Susan Gofstein
Hawking
Gouache on ink jet print on paper
2010
11" " x  8.5" " 
George Bush Gives Me Chronic Pain by Susan Gofstein
George Bush Gives Me Chronic Pain
Inkjet print with pencil
2009
11"" x  8.5"" 
Swallow Hard Again by Susan Gofstein
Swallow Hard Again
Gouache and pencil on ink jet print on paper
2010
11"" x  8.5"" 
House Under Siege by Susan Gofstein
House Under Siege
Needlepoint,collage,gouache,colored pencil on ink jet print
2009
11"" x  8.5"" 
Please Stop by Susan Gofstein
Please Stop
embroidery,gouache,and collage on inkjet print
2010
11 " x  8.5 " 
Loud Smile by Susan Gofstein
Loud Smile
Ink Jet print
2010
11"" x  8.5"" 

Artist Statement
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

Exhibitions include:
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:
WWW.PAINEXHIBIT.COM,
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

EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, Certificate in Liberal Arts UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON M.F.A.1981
RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN B.F.A.1977

TEACHING

SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO,SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY