Her game was bright, vivid paintings inspired by film noir stills. She loaded her canvases with swirling Ab-Ex tropes. Casual viewers could take them for cheerful. They’d be wrong. A girl gingerly approaching a man who’s holding a paring knife, a doll
slapping a rake in the kisser, two gimlet-eyed dames waiting in a car
for trouble—all the color in the world couldn’t stifle the want or the
fear in these paintings. That was the point. Look at them, sure, she
said, but then drink them in.
|Susan Bee, Trouble Ahead, 2012, oil on canvas, 20″ x 24″|
|Susan Bee, The Slap, 2012, oil and enamel on canvas, 24 x 20 inches.|
“Susan Bee: Criss Cross, New Paintings,” Accola Griefen Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY. Through June 29, 2013
Image at top of post: Susan Bee, Criss Cross, 2012, oil, enamel and sand on canvas, 24″ x 30″
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